Though reports of a Bruce Springsteen Broadway residency were circulating back in June, today the musical legend officially announced his 8-week stint at New York’s Walter Kerr Theater. He’ll be playing the theater five nights a week (Tues-Sat), solo, from October 12 to November 26. What’s particularly exciting about Springsteen on Broadway is most Steen stans will likely have only had the chance to see him live in massive stadiums housing tens of thousands of viewers, but, as the New York Times explains, the Walter Kerr Theater, which most recently was the host of Amélie: a New Musical seats 1,000. Essentially, he’s doing 50-ish times the work for the same amount of viewers.
Stereogum published a just-released statement from the artist on the residency, which will also see him reading excerpts of his memoir to audiences:
I wanted to do some shows that were as personal and as intimate as possible. I chose Broadway for this project because it has the beautiful old theaters which seemed like the right setting for what I have in mind. In fact, with one or two exceptions, the 960 seats of the Walter Kerr Theatre is probably the smallest venue I’ve played in the last 40 years. My show is just me, the guitar, the piano and the words and music. Some of the show is spoken, some of it is sung. It loosely follows the arc of my life and my work. All of it together is in pursuit of my constant goal to provide an entertaining evening and to communicate something of value.
You can currently register for tickets, and that part of the ticket process (through Verified Fan, a tool Ticketmaster is using to prevent bots from getting and then inflating the prices of tickets) will close on August 27, whereafter those who Verified Fan selects as non-bots will be able to get their tickets following notification on August 29. (They cost between $75 and, er, $850.)