My colleague tells me that when she went to see Bruce Springsteen perform his acclaimed one-man show Springsteen On Broadway earlier this year, the person sitting in front of her spent most of the night with his hands either outstretched in the air, like someone celebrating a field goal kick, or expressively wiping his eyes and forehead as if he couldn't believe what was happening in front of him. "Well, Bruce is the patron saint of Jersey," I noted. She responded, "I think the guy was European."
Obviously, you don't have to be from the NY/NJ area to recognize Springsteen as part of the pantheon of great American artists. But not everyone has or will get to experience in person the full emotional catharsis of Springsteen's brilliant live show/living memoir, which ends on December 15th. Thankfully, Netflix will release Springsteen On Broadway for everyone across the world to see the day after the show ends, on December 16th. Below, you can check out the trailer for it.
If you're still reading at this point, you probably don't need any more convincing that this is one of the essential documents of Springsteen's career. But you almost certainly will want to check out the incredibly emotional, somewhat morbid, and honest profile of him and his struggles with mental illness in Esquire this month. Here's how he describes the show:
DNA is a big part of what the show is about: turning yourself into a free agent. Or, as much as you can, into an adult, for lack of a better word. It’s a coming-of-age story, and I want to show how this—one’s coming of age—has to be earned. It’s not given to anyone. It takes a certain single-minded purpose. It takes self-awareness, a desire to go there. And a willingness to confront all the very fearsome and dangerous elements of your life—your past, your history—that you need to confront to become as much of a free agent as you can. This is what the show is about...It’s me reciting my Song of Myself.
Don't read the rest until you can weep openly.
— Steven Hyden (@Steven_Hyden) November 27, 2018