‘Springsteen on Broadway’: When Is the Bruce Springsteen Special Coming to Netflix?

Just call him The Boss of Broadway. Bruce Springsteen might be best-known for filling arenas, but it turns out he can also fill seats on the Great White Way.

The singer’s concert residency “Springsteen on Broadway” has been playing to sold-out crowds since October 2017. The stripped-down concerts offer fans a unique opportunity to see the man who penned hits like “Born to Run” and “Born in the U.S.A.” perform those songs live in a theater with fewer than 1,000 seats.

“Springsteen on Broadway”: The Netflix special

Springsteen’s Tony-award-winning Broadway residency at the Walter Kerr Theatre has lasted more than a year. But even with 236 performances, there were many who didn’t get a chance to see the show, which will end its run on December 15.

Fortunately, those who missed out on seeing Springsteen live on Broadway will get the chance to see one of his performances in a Netflix special that will be released on December 16.

The special will show a different side of Springsteen than many fans are accustomed to seeing. Instead of a full band, Springsteen performs solo and acoustic. (His wife, singer-songwriter Patti Scialfa, joins him for some songs.)

In between songs, Springsteen shares stories from his life, which fans will recognize from his 2017 memoir Born to Run. Rolling Stone called the show “in many ways a live version of the book … It’s not a concert; not a typical one-man-show; certainly not a Broadway musical. But it is one of the most compelling and profound shows by a rock musician in recent memory.”

“My show is just me, the guitar, the piano and the words and music,” Springsteen said of “Springsteen on Broadway.” “Some of the show is spoken, some of it is sung, all of it together is in pursuit of my constant goal — to communicate something of value.”

How much did Springsteen earn from his Broadway show?

Bruce Springsteen at 2018 Tony Awards

Bruce Springsteen performs “My Hometown” during the 2018 Tony Awards. | Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions

“Springsteen on Broadway” wasn’t just a critical triumph. It was also a huge financial success. The show has earned $106.8 million through November 25, according to Forbes, or about $2.5 million every week. Most of that money is going straight to Springsteen. Unlike a traditional tour, there are no additional costs for travel and no band members who need to be paid, which means higher profits.

Ticket scalpers were also making out like bandits. The average price of a ticket to ‘Springsteen on Broadway’ on the secondary market was $1,789, Forbes reported. That’s more than double the average cost of a resold ticket for one of the most popular Broadway musicals in recent memory, Hamilton. Tickets for that show sell for an average of $479.

Netflix reportedly paid $20 million for streaming rights to “Springsteen on Broadway.”

What songs does Springsteen perform during “Springsteen on Broadway”?

If the Netflix special follows the same format as the live Broadway shows, fans can expect to see Springsteen’s acoustic renditions of the following songs:

  • “Growin’ Up”
  • “My Hometown”
  • “My Father’s House”
  • “The Wish”
  • “Thunder Road”
  • “The Promised Land”
  • “Born in the U.S.A.”
  • “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out”
  • “Tougher Than the Rest”
  • “Brilliant Disguise”
  • “The Ghost of Tom Joad”
  • “The Rising”
  • “Dancing in the Dark”
  • “Land of Hope and Dreams”
  • “Born to Run”

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