After what seemed like forever, I finally departed St. Pete Beach, Florida for New York City. My niece had somehow got us two tickets, second row, for ‘Springsteen on Broadway.’ For over 40 years Bruce has touched my soul and before me lay the most magical night ever. Time slows down when you’re waiting with this level of anticipation but now tonight was the night.
We took the subway to Manhattan and as I stepped out into the street there before I was the sign I’d only seen on Facebook, ‘Springsteen on Broadway.’ I pinched myself to see if I was dreaming. No, I really was here.
Finally, the time had come, we slipped inside into the intimate, beautiful, iconic venue that has been the place for a lifetime of Broadway plays, musicals and just about everything you could dream of. And now the dream was finally real, Bruce Springsteen on Broadway. The lights dimmed, the atmosphere was electric as an acoustic Bruce took the stage a piano in one corner and a microphone center stage. A roadie handed him a selection of guitars throughout the show and for the next two and a half hours Bruce talked us through his life, each story accompanied by a song. There were times I laughed out loud and times I cried. He talked about growing up, his teenage years, his relationship with his dad and his love for his amazing mother, Adele.
He talked about Clarence, how much he loved his “brother” and how their journey together was far too short. Bruce was choking up, you could hear a pin drop. I lost it and just burst into tears. I looked around, I wasn’t alone. Every word had the same impact on the 900 people lucky enough to be in that hall that night.
And then he went into Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out and like any other concert he turned his mic out to face us when he came to the part about The Big Man joining the band. The entire audience sang along to that line. It was magical.
He then told us the story of where and when he met Patti and how he fell in love with her voice and then her. He turned around and out she came and they sang Brilliant Disguise and Tougher than the Rest together. More magic.
He played a total of 15 songs that night, all acoustic, some with piano and all with Bruce singing and talking us through his life. Thunder Road, Born to Run, The Rising, Hopes and Dreams, My Hometown, Dancing in the Dark,
He talked about his Catholic upbringing, how he was still of the Catholic faith and then recited the Lords Prayer. He thanked his fans, asked that God Bless us and our families.
Patti came our for a few bows at the end and then left the stage. Bruce shook some hands and was smiling warm and genuine from ear to ear. He looked as happy to be there as we all were.
A personal highlight was when twice during the show I stood up to clap and he turned and smiled at me. My life was complete.
A night of sheer magic that I will never forget. A night of relaxed, intimate storytelling accompanied by the anthems of my life. A night on Broadway, with Bruce Springsteen.