‘Springsteen on Broadway’ soul-stirring but don’t brave sing along

“Springsteen on Broadway” is insinuate and persuasive, gratifying and soul-stirring as it tells the personal tour of an American classic.

But it’s really not a sing-along. The Boss reminded his assembly of that.

Fans couldn’t conflict joining in on “Dancing in the Dark” at the opening we attended.

But Bruce Springsteen pumped the brakes, observant in his rough growl, “I’ll hoop it myself.”

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Bruce Springsteen borrows stories from his discourse Born to Run and shares them in his Broadway show.

Bruce Springsteen borrows stories from his discourse “Born to Run” and shares them in his Broadway show.

( Rob DeMartin)

The moment showed the energy and attract of the 68-year-old rocker. It also reminded that the show — a soldout prodigy before a note was sung or word was oral — is not a just a unison in a Broadway theater.

Threaded with 15 songs and stories pulled from his year-old memoir, “Born to Run,” the Broadway entrance of New Jersey’s excellent is a firmly scripted sequential account tracing his life.

It follows a informed template — by getting personal, a storyteller can get universal. It’s easy to see oneself as he sings and talks about flourishing up, getting older and reflecting on it all.

An dull theatre creates a good place to flow out a full heart. Except for a piano, mics and a couple of stools, it’s just Bruce — in black pants and a T-shirt. And his tales and songs, including “Thunder Road,” “Dancing in the Dark,” and “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out,” which led to a amatory observance of the late, good E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons.

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Springsteen’s wife, Patti Scialfa, joins him for duets on “Brilliant Disguise” and “Tougher Than the Rest.”

Between acoustic arrangements and delayed tempos, lyrics really resonate. Springsteen is in finish authority when he’s singing, and personification his guitars and piano — and harmonica.

Bruce Springsteen turns 65 a demeanour back at his life by the years.

Storytelling is a work in progress. Springsteen, who is also the author and executive of the show, was innate to run — free range. Being sealed to a book (a teleprompter scrolls via the evening) at times stunts his authenticity and ease. But the cognisance of the environment — and his draw — make up for occasional lapses in spontaneity.

The show is a two-hour low-pitched mood ring, fluidly changing tones. After singing “My Father’s House,” he jokes about being off “suicide watch.”

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But all lightens with speak of his mom — and the strain “The Wish.” Springsteen is mostly bathed in red and blue light or in capricious shadows on stage, but as designed by Natasha Katz, everything’s splendid white in this section. It feels right — and poignant.

And while the show is mostly personal, Springsteen turns domestic with speak of “torchlit parades” and the stream “battle for the essence of the nation.” He lets the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. do the talking: “Let us comprehend the arc of the dignified star is long, but it bends toward justice.”

Springsteen’s aptitude for passionless irony proves many irresistible. Like when he laughs off his anthem of evading — “Born to Run” — and says that he now lives 10 mins from his childhood home.

Bruce Springsteen talks of adore and trust as his wife, Patti Scialfa, joins him for two songs in Springsteen on Broadway.

Bruce Springsteen talks of adore and trust as his wife, Patti Scialfa, joins him for two songs in “Springsteen on Broadway.”

( Rob DeMartin)

Springsteen ends the show back at his old address, where a stately tree lighted his imagination as a kid. That copper beech is left now, but ruins of roots remain. “It can’t be erased,” he says.

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Just like some nights in the theater.

“Springsteen on Broadway” runs by Feb. 3 at the Walter Kerr Theatre.

The “Springsteen on Broadway” set list is fixed, but there’s room for a change on occasion.

“Growin’ Up”

“My Hometown”


“My Father’s House”

“The Wish”

“Thunder Road”

“The Promised Land”

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“Born in the U.S.A.”

“Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out”

“Tougher Than the Rest” (with Patti Scialfa)

“Brilliant Disguise” (with Patti Scialfa)

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“The Rising”

“Long Walk Home”

“Dancing in the Dark”

“Land of Hope and Dreams”

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“Born to Run”

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