Born to stream: "Springsteen on Broadway" coming to Netflix in December

Courtesy of Bruce Springsteen
Courtesy of Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen will go from the Great White Way to Netflix this December, when a special capturing the rock legend’s sold-out Springsteen on Broadway show is set to premiere on the streaming service.

Springsteen on Broadway will debut on Netflix on December 15, the same day the show ends its sold-out run at the Walter Kerr Theatre in New York City. The production is a one-man performance written by The Boss and combines spoken-word segments of his 2016 memoir, Born to Run, with renditions of some of his original tunes. Springsteen’s wife, E Street Band backing singer Patti Scialfa, makes a special appearance during the show.

“The purpose of the film is to bring this incredibly intimate show to Bruce’s entire audience intact and complete,” says longtime Springsteen manager Jon Landau, who is co-producing the film. “In addition to its many other virtues, Netflix has provided for a simultaneous worldwide release which is particularly important for our massive international audience.”

Adds Netflix executive Ted Sarandos, “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.”

The Springsteen on Broadway special is being directed and co-produced by Thom Zimny, who previously has worked on various Springsteen documentaries, as well as the 2018 HBO doc Elvis Presley: The Searcher.

The Springsteen on Broadway show opened in October 2017, and its run at the Walter Kerr Theatre has been extended several times. In June, he was presented with a special Tony Award honoring the production.

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