Bruce Springsteen’s broadway show will launch globally on Netflix on December 15th, the same the show wraps up it’s sold out 236-show run at the Walter Kerr Theatre in New York.
Springsteen on Broadway, which is based on the Boss’s autobiography Born to Run, was originally slated to run just 8 weeks and subsequently extended three times. The one-man acoustic show features Springsteen with a guitar and a piano, performing songs from his catalogue and telling personal stories in between. The show also features a special appearance by Springsteen’s wife and E Street band member Patti Scialfa.
“My idea was really just to present the work that I’ve done for the past 40 years or so and let it speak for itself,” Springsteen explained of the concept. “I didn’t feel like I needed to get on a soapbox or be real ideological about it. I wanted the night to play very naturally, and be broad enough to be about all the things I’ve written about over the years. And in that way, in the contrast, it would comment.”
With a limited engagement and high ticket prices, some Springsteen fans were upset at not having the opportunity to attend one of the Broadway shows. The global Netflix deal will bring the intimate performance to Springsteen’s international audience.
Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer of Netflix, said 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.”