Washington Post writer Peter Marks asks this question in a preview article about Springsteen’s upcoming shows on Broadway. He writes:
Which leads you to wonder: Come June, is it remotely conceivable that rugged idol Bruce Springsteen, troubadour of the working man, could rush to the podium at Radio City Musical Hall in a tux to accept the Tony Award for best musical?
“He has to tell a story. He has to be committed to it, night after night,” observes Steven Strauss, a Columbia-educated journalist who writes about theater and music, and who followed recent Springsteen concert tours to Australia, Europe and across the United States, and wrote extensively about them for Backstreets.com and his own blog.
Strauss says Springsteen has always lived for the stage: “Absolutely no one — and I mean no one — works as hard, enjoys themselves as much or is as good at their job as Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band,” Strauss wrote during the Australia tour earlier this year. Of this newfangled gig, Strauss says: “I think he has a story to tell, the story of his life. And he’s an amazing storyteller.” That seems to have been confirmed with his 2016 memoir “Born to Run,” from which he’s expected to draw narrative material for the new production.
“Take my hand and move with me down Broadway,” Springsteen sings in “New York City Serenade,” a song from his 1973 studio album, “The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle.” Where the rocker takes his Broadway audience is a matter of sustained fascination in Bruceland: another blog devoted to Springsteen, blogitallnight.com, reported what it said was the set list from a rehearsal of “Springsteen on Broadway” at Monmouth University in New Jersey last month. “Born in the U. S. A,” “Born to Run” and “Thunder Road” were all on the list, as well as less frequently heard pieces from his vast songbook, such as “The Wish.”
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