On May 1st the Tony Awards announced that Bruce Springsteen would be receiving one of this year’s Special Tony Awards for his ongoing engagement Springsteen on Broadway, a once-in-a-lifetime theater going experience for the Broadway stage. The second of the 2018 Special Tony Awards will go to John Leguizamo who is being honored for his body of work and his commitment to the theater.
The Boss first announced his plans for “personal and intimate” five-nights-a-week residency at Jujamcyn’s Walter Kerr Theatre back in August 2017. A location which he admits is “Probably the smallest venue I’ve played in the last 40 years.” Springsteen On Broadway began previews on October 3rd, 2017 and officially opened October 12th.
“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. “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.”
In March Springsteen announced that the show will be extended through to December 15th, 2018 with eighty-one performances being added. This marks the third time Springsteen On Broadway has been extended since its initial eight-week run and will bring the total number of “Springsteen On Broadway” performances to 236.
The Tony Awards Ceremony will take place on June 10 and will air on the CBS Television Network on Sunday, June 10, 2018 (8:00-11:00 PM, ET/delayed PT) live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City.