‘Springsteen On Broadway’ Review: The Boss Rouses A City Hungry For Life

‘Springsteen On Broadway’ Review: The Boss Rouses A City Hungry For Life
Bruce Springsteen woke Broadway from a 15-month sleep Saturday, returning to live performance to deliver an emotional, updated rendition of his 2017 smash Springsteen on Broadway to an audience so wildly enthusiastic the star himself cautioned against “cheering every dumb f*cking thing” he said lest the show last all night.

As it was, the re-opening night of Springsteen on Broadway – and of Broadway itself – ran two and a half hours, about the same length as the last time (and as the filmed Netflix version), with a few amendments to content all but necessitated by this most unusual year.

The first sign of change was evident even before entering the St. James Theatre, with anti-vaxxers picketing out front, shouting know-nothing slogans about “segregation” over the theater’s Covid vaccine requirement. Early in the show, Springsteen drew a sustained cheer – his prior request notwithstanding – when he marveled at his audience “unmasked, sitting
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