What Did Critics Think of Springsteen on Broadway on Netflix?

The Verdict   What Did Critics Think of Springsteen on Broadway on Netflix?
 
The Bruce Springsteen solo show, which ends its acclaimed run at Broadway's Walter Kerr December 15, will be available to stream on Netflix December 16.
Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen Rob DeMartin

Springsteen on Broadway, which earned music icon Bruce Springsteen a 2018 Special Tony Award, has been preserved as a Netflix special available to stream December 16—the day after Springsteen ends his record-breaking run.

The show, part concert and part storytelling event, was captured during invite-only performances July 17 and 18.

Built around Springsteen's 2016 memoir Born to Run, the engagement is billed as a solo show but frequently features a guest appearance by Springsteen's wife and fellow musician Patti Scialfa.

Find out what critics thought of the production in the reviews below.

Billboard (Thom Duffy)

IndieWire (David Ehrlich)

Los Angeles Times (Randy Lewis)

Newsday (Glenn Gamboa)

NPR (Lauren Onkey)

Rolling Stone (Will Hermes)

Vanity Fair (Sonia Saraiya)

Variety (Chris Willman)

Playbill will continue to update this list as more reviews come in.

Springsteen on Broadway opened in October at the Walter Kerr Theatre, which, at less than 1,000 seats, is one of the most intimate venues the musician has played. The show received acclaim from critics and theatregoers alike and routinely earns a spot as a box-office frontrunner.

“The purpose of the film is to bring this incredibly intimate show to Bruce’s entire audience intact and complete,” said Jon Landau, manager to Springsteen, in a statement. “In addition to its many other virtues, Netflix has provided for a simultaneous worldwide release which is particularly important for our massive international audience. Ted Sarandos and the entire company’s support has been a perfect match for Bruce’s personal commitment to the filmed version of Springsteen on Broadway.”

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