In June of 2017, Bruce Springsteen had unprecedented news for fans, with The Boss beginning to plan his Broadway debut at the Walter Kerr Theatre. Stripping down his traditional arena show, Springsteen wanted to perform a smaller, more-intimate house, renting out the 975-person theater for a sold-out eight-week, five-nights-a-week run. Due to the overwhelming popularity of the pared-down, one-man live show, as the residency unfolded, the iconic musician continued to add more Broadway shows to his schedule—by the time the residency wraps up in December of this year, Bruce Springsteen will have performed 236 sold-out shows as Springsteen on Broadway.
Today, Springsteen fans received good news, as The Boss has partnered with the giant streaming service Netflix for a special film commemorating his historic Broadway run, which earned him a special Tony Award in 2018. The new concert film will premiere on the final, closing night—December 15th—of Springsteen’s one-man residency at New York City’s Walter Kerr Theatre.
The new Netflix film, predictably, shows Bruce Springsteen at his finest, performing the classic songs from his Springsteen On Broadway show. However, the film also finds Springsteen sharing stories from his lengthy, prolific career, making for a captivating viewing experience for fans, new and old.
As Neflix’s Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos issued in a statement, “We are thrilled to bring Bruce Springsteen — a master storyteller, humanitarian and voice of the everyman — to Netflix in this historic one man show. This groundbreaking experience defies the boundaries of theater, concerts and film and will give our global audience an intimate look at one of the biggest cultural icons of our time.”
Added Bruce Springsteen’s manager, Jon Landau, “The purpose of the film is to bring this incredibly intimate show to Bruce’s entire audience intact and complete. In addition to its many other virtues, Netflix has provided for a simultaneous worldwide release which is particularly important for our massive international audience. Ted Sarandos and the entire company’s support has been a perfect match for Bruce’s personal commitment to the filmed version of Springsteen on Broadway.”