Boss holds court on Broad­way

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Pay Television - Ed­die Cock­rell Spring­steen on Broad­way,

I first saw Bruce Spring­steen open for Jerry Lee Lewis and Chuck Berry on April 28, 1973, at Cole Field House on The Univer­sity of Mary­land’s Col­lege Park cam­pus. Bruce — it’s OK to call him Bruce — and the band did a half-hour set, then later re­turned as Berry’s back­ing band.

As he vividly and glee­fully tells the story in the 1987 doc­u­men­tary Chuck Berry: Hail! Hail! Rock’n’Roll, Berry showed up five min­utes be­fore show­time. A ner­vous Spring­steen asked what songs he’d do, and the in­evitable an­swer was “Chuck Berry songs”.

From early in his ca­reer, Spring­steen was a known racon­teur, and as his fame swelled and his shows be­came sta­dium-sized re­vival meet­ings, he of­ten rem­i­nisced on­stage about his early days in Free­hold, New Jersey, and the nearby sea­side town of As­bury Park, his fraught re­la­tion­ship with his fa­ther and his yearning to be a rock and roll star. Now that he is, a one-man res­i­dency on Broad­way seemed a nat­u­ral pro­gres­sion: from pre­views com­menc­ing Oc­to­ber 3, 2017, through De­cem­ber 15, 2018 (the show was ex­tended twice owing to high ticket de­mand), five shows a week — Tues­day through Satur­day — Bruce held court at Man­hat­tan’s in­ti­mate 975-seat Wal­ter Kerr Theatre at 219 West 48th Street.

Mix­ing sto­ries from his 2016 au­to­bi­og­ra­phy, Born to Run, with scripted ma­te­rial, he ran through 15 songs on gui­tar, pi­ano and har­mon­ica, some­times with spe­cial guest Patty Scialfa, his wife and an E Street Band mem­ber. Hours af­ter the fi­nal per­for­mance, Net­flix re­leased this in­ti­mate and cap­ti­vat­ing spe­cial, filmed last July.

I saw Bruce two years ago in NSW’s Hunter Val­ley, maybe for the 15th or 16th and prob­a­bly the last time. No wor­ries — we now have this glo­ri­ous ve­hi­cle to re­cap­ture the magic. stream­ing on Net­flix.

The Spring­steen spe­cial, filmed dur­ing a run of Man­hat­tan shows, is a feast for fans

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.