Walter Kerr theatre, New York
The rock superstar kicks off a four-month residency with two spellbinding hours of stories, reimagined hits and a dissection of his own legend
The audience is in a state of high anticipation; the air charged, the voices high among a flurry of sharp blazers, strong perfume and expensive hair. As yet, however, no one is entirely sure quite what they are anticipating. Until now, Springsteen on Broadway – the singer’s four-month residency at the 975-seat Walter Kerr theatre – has been a mysterious proposition.
Still, there are clues: the stage has been styled in a mode we might call “Starbucks industrial” – painted black brick, wreaths of cable, glowering factory lights, alongside flight cases, grand piano, microphone. The implication is clear: this will be no high-spangled production, but something stripped-back, unadorned, unflinching.
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