Bruce Springsteen: Intimate White House Gig Inspired New Broadway Run
Speaking to the New York Times, Springsteen also provided some details about the Broadway performances, which will run from October to February at New York’s Walter Kerr Theater.
In January, Springsteen secretly staged an acoustic White House gig featuring a tailored setlist of 15 songs that skewed closer to his more political works. Inspired by that performance to 250 Obama staffers as well as the release of his autobiography Born to Run, Springsteen set his sights on Broadway.
“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 said. “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.”
Although that White House gig featured overtly political tracks like “Born in the U.S.A.”…