"The Boss" Bruce Springsteen has partnered with Netflix to bring the Tony Award-winning one-man show, Springsteen on Broadway, to fans all over the world.
The stage production which started its critically-acclaimed run in 2016 is scheduled to be available on the popular streaming platform by Dec. 15. On the same day, the show will make its final curtain call on Broadway.
Springsteen On Netflix
"We are thrilled to bring Bruce Springsteen — a master storyteller, humanitarian and voice of the everyman — to Netflix in this historic one-man show," said Ted Sarandos, the chief content officer of Netflix. "This groundbreaking experience defies the boundaries of theater, concerts and film and will give our global audience an intimate look at one of the biggest cultural icons of our time."
Springsteen on Broadway is based on the singer-songwriter's memoir, Born To Run, published in 2016 by Simon & Schuster. The production features The Boss performing some of his greatest hits in front of an audience, often offering monologues in between songs.
The news of the one-man show's deal with Netflix comes a few weeks after it won a non-competitive Tony Award. The 68-year-old collected his special Tony Award for its box office success and for bringing a "once in a lifetime theater going experience for the Broadway stage."
At the awarding ceremony, Springsteen brought the show to the Tony Awards by performing the song "My Hometown."
Jon Landau, the manager of the renowned musician, said that the Netflix special aims to bring an intimate experience to fans anywhere in the world. He added that the show would be released simultaneously worldwide.
Springsteen is credited as the writer, director, and producer of the Springsteen on Broadway Netflix Special. Thom Zinny, who previously worked with The Boss in Wings for Wheels: The Making of Born To Run and Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band: The River Tour, is also credited as a director.
The upcoming special joins the increasing number of taped theater performances on the platform. Netflix already streams Shrek the Musical, Newsies, and Oh, Hello on Broadway.
'Springsteen on Broadway' To Finally End Two-Year Run?
No one quite anticipated the popularity of Springsteen on Broadway. The show was intended to run until November 2016, about six weeks, but it was extended until Dec. 2018. By fall, the one-man show would have run a total of 236 shows.
However, it looks like the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is not ready to make his final bow as of yet. In an interview with Star Tribune, he seemed to hint that he might take the show off-Broadway.
"We'll see, we'll see, we'll see," he said when asked if Springsteen on Broadway might go on tour. "I've gotta run."