BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN’S BROADWAY BOW

“The Boss” takes his final curtain call after his intimate run at the Walter Kerr Theatre. Join us for a look at the kid from Asbury Park who became a rock star and a legend.

Aired on December 17, 2018. 

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> I WANT TO BE ABLE TO CELEBRATE AND HONOR ITS BEAUTY AND BE A CRITICAL VOICE WHEN I SAW THAT'S WHAT THE TIMES CALLED FOR.

♪ I WANTED TO TELL MY STORY, YOUR STORY, WHERE WERE WE GOING TOGETHER AS A PEOPLE.

♪ MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE, I WANTED TO BE ABLE TO TELL THAT STORY WELL TO YOU.

♪ EVERYBODY HAS A LOVE-HATE RELATIONSHIP WITH THEIR HOMETOWN.

TAKE ME.

I'M MR. BORN TO RUN.

I CURRENTLY LIVE TEN MINUTES FROM MY HOMETOWN.

AND NOW HE'S BACK ACROSS THE RIVER ON THE JERSEY SIDE.

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN WRAPPED UP HIS EPIC RUN SATURDAY NIGHT.

TRUE TO FORM, BRUCE BROUGHT DOWN THE HOUSE, RELIVING HIS PAST THROUGH THE SONGS THAT BECAME THE SOUNDTRACK TO SO MANY OF OUR LIVES.

THE FINAL PERFORMANCE CLOCKED IN AT JUST UNDER THREE HOURS.

TICKETS SOLD FOR THOUSANDS APIECE, WITH ONE PAIR REPORTEDLY OFFERED FOR OVER $40,000.

BRUCE HIMSELF RELEASED A STATEMENT ABOUT THE END OF HIS BROADWAY RUN SAYING, I WANT TO THANK ALL OF OUR CO-WORKERS, FRIENDS AND FAMS FOR MAKING MY YEAR ON BROADWAY ONE OF THE MOST MEMORABLE OF MY LIFE.

HE WENT ON TO ADD A SPECIAL THANKS TO MY LOVELY WIFE, PATTY, FOR LENDING HER BEAUTIFUL VOICE AND PRESENCE TO OUR WORK TOGETHER.

SHE'S BEEN A NIGHTLY INSPIRATION.

OUR CLOSING IS BITTERSWEET.

BUT MORE ADVENTURES AWAIT DOWN THE ROAD.

I'LL SEE THERE.

WITH BRUCE'S ENERGY, I'M SURE WE WILL.

THE BACKBONE OF SPRING TEEN ON BROADWAY WAS A LABOR OF LOVE AND ONE THAT CAME WITH SOME DIFFICULTY.

EVEN FOR MY ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT, EVERYTHING WAS REWRITTEN TWO OR THREE TIMES.

YOU WRITE DOWN YOUR FIRST THOUGHTS, WHICH IS A BLUEPRINT AND SEE IF YOU HAVE SOMETHING THAT CAN BE WORKED ON.

THEN I'LL GO BACK AND GET INTO EACH VERSUS AND RECITE IT.

SO THERE WERE SECTIONS THAT KIND OF JUST CAME FLYING OUT.

THE HARDEST PART WAS THE THIRD BOOK WHERE YOU HAD TO WRITE ABOUT THE PRESENT, BECAUSE IT'S ALL THE PEOPLE THAT YOU'RE LIVING WITH IN YOUR LIFE TODAY.

THAT WAS THE MOST CHALLENGING PART OF THE BOOK, WRITING ABOUT STUFF THAT WAS IN THE PAST.

YOU JUST FELT LIKE YOU HAD A LOT OF FREEDOM THERE.

IF YOU MISSED BRUCE, FEAR NOT, NETFLIX RELEASED A TAPED PERFORMANCE OF THE SHOW JUST HOURS AFTER HIS FINAL CURTAIN CALL.

MY 'METROFOCUS' JACK FORD HAD A CHANCE TO CHAT WITH ROB BARNETT ABOUT SPRINGSTEEN'S LEGACY AND STARTED THE INTERVIEW BY ASKING HOW THEIR PROFESSIONAL PAST FIRST CROSSED.

IN '92 AT MTV, WE DID ONE OF THE FIRST TELEVISION DOCUMENTARIES ON BRUCE, WE CALLED IT THE 'MTV ROCKUMENTARY,' AND WE THOUGHT HOW CAN WE TELL HIS STORY.

SO YOU LOOKED AT HIS LIFE EARLY ON.

SO THIS BOOK COMES OUT.

I THOUGHT THOUGHT THERE WAS AN INTERESTING CONTRAST TO THE ON STAGE BRUCE, AND IF YOU HAVE SEEN HIS SHOW, YOU'RE BLOWN AWAY BY IT, TO THE PRIVATE BRUCE.

BECAUSE OFF STAGE, HE WAS ALWAYS SEEN AS VERY SHY AND RETIRING AND NOT FORTHCOMING AT ALL.

WHY DO YOU THINK THEN THAT HE DECIDES OVER THE PERIOD OF YEARS TO PUT TOGETHER 500 PAGES TO TELL HIS ENTIRE LIFE STORY?

IT'S HARD TO SAY WHAT FORCES DROVE HIM TO DO IT.

BUT I DID HAVE A CHANCE TO TALK TO SOMEONE AND ASKED IF PART OF WHAT WAS HAPPENING WITH BRUCE AND THIS BAND, ESPECIALLY WITH THESE MARATHON FINAL RECORD BREAKING SHOWS THEY DID, HAD MAYBE A LITTLE SOMETHING TO DO WITH THE FACT THAT THIS IS A TOUGH YEAR FOR ROCK 'N' ROLL.

THIS IS A REALLY ROUGH MOMENT WHERE YOU AND I AND EVERYONE THAT GREW UP WITH THE CULTURAL HEROES OF THE '60s AND '70s FIND THAT WE'RE LOSING WAY TOO MANY OF THEM.

HERE'S A GUY IN THE BEST PHYSICAL CONDITION POSSIBLE GOING OUT AND GIVING IT ALL EVERY NIGHT.

THERE'S THE HERO ON STAGE, BUT LIKE YOU SAID, WE NEVER READY HEARD THE PRIVATE STORY ABOUT PRINCE OR ABOUT DAVID BOWIE.

WE FELT LIKE IT WAS THE MYSTERY, AND THEN THIS PRIVATE WORLD WE COULD NEVER ENTER.

SO IT'S JUST A BEAUTIFUL, YOU KNOW, THING THAT HE DECIDED TO GIVE TO US.

FOR A BRUCE FAN WHO IS NOT FAMILIAR WITH HIS BACK STORY, WHAT DO YOU THINK MIGHT BE SOME OF THE MORE SURPRISING THINGS THEY'LL COME AWAY WITH?

THERE'S AN IDEA A LOT OF US HAVE IN OUR HEAD THAT SUCCESS GETS YOU TO A PLACE, MAYBE, WHERE IT'S SO GREAT, IT'S SO EXCITING, THE PROBLEMS KIND OF GO AWAY.

I THINK WHAT PEOPLE SEE HERE IS ONE OF THE MOST HUMAN HEROES EVER.

A GUY WHO, ON A REGULAR DAILY BASIS, HAS THE SAME ANGST, THE SAME STRUGGLES, THE SAME QUESTIONS THAT EVERYBODY ASKS.

I THOUGHT ABOUT THIS THING DRIVING IN, IN NEW JERSEY TRAFFIC THIS MORNING.

IT'S THE OPPOSITE OF SUPERMAN.

IT'S LIKE HE PUT THE CLARK KENT GLASSES ON AND SAID HERE I AM, JUST THIS REGULAR GUY WHO, ON MANY NIGHTS, IS ON STAGE AS SUPERMAN.

YOU KNOW, AND I THINK HE WANTED US TO SEE THAT SOMEHOW, AND LIKE WITH ALL OF THE SONGS, SEE IF THERE'S MAYBE A LITTLE SOMETHING WE COULD TAKE THAT SAYS, YOU KNOW WHAT?

WHEN YOU GET SUCCESSFUL, YOUR PROBLEMS DON'T GO AWAY, BUT MAYBE YOU FIGURE OUT HOW TO BETTER DEAL WITH IT.

I THINK IT'S INTERESTING HOW HE TALKS ABOUT HIS FATHER THROUGHOUT THE COURSE OF THIS BOOK.

TELL ME ABOUT HOW YOU VIEWED THAT.

I THINK HIS FATHER IS THE STAR OF THE BOOK.

YOU KNOW, HE SPEAKS ABOUT NEW JERSEY AND GROWING UP AS HIS ROSE BUD.

YOU KNOW, THAT'S HIS ROSE BUD, BUT IT'S ALSO HIS DAD.

AND HE HAD A TREMENDOUSLY DIFFICULT TIME WITH HIM, THAT ALL OF THE FANS KNEW BECAUSE HIS FATHER WAS FEATURED IN SO MANY SONGS.

BUT AS WE ALL KNOW, THE SONGS ARE NOT NECESSARILY LITERAL, THEY'RE POETRY.

SO SOMETIMES THEY HAVE AN AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL NATURE, BUT IN THIS BOOK, YOU DID GET THE SENSE THAT THIS WAS A TORTUROUS RELATIONSHIP THAT WAS NOT ONLY DIFFICULT FOR HIM, BUT ONE THAT HE WAS CONSTANTLY EXPLAINING THE NEED TO TRY TO RECTIFY.

AND THERE'S A GREAT CHAPTER IN THE BOOK ABOUT THE MOMENT WHEN, WITH VERY, VERY FEW WORDS, THEY KIND OF FIGURE OUT A WAY TO COME TO PEACE WITH IT.

AND THERE'S ALSO A DEATHBED SCENE WHICH IS TRAGIC AND WILL MAKE YOU CRY, AS IT DOES WHEN HE LOSES TWO MEMBERS OF THE E-STREET BAND, DANNY AND CLARENCE.

I THINK IT'S INTERESTING TO SEE, WE THINK OF BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, MEGASTAR, MEGA INTERNATIONAL STAR.

BUT THERE WERE A LOT OF LONG, HARD YEARS LEADING UP TO THAT.

YEAH.

YOU KNOW, I HAVE A GREAT FRIEND IN STUPID SHOW BUSINESS WHO ALWAYS TALKS TO ME ABOUT THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE SHORT MONEY GAME AND THE LONG MONEY GAME.

AND THIS GUY SAYS, YOU'LL STAY A LITTLE BIT MORE SANE IF YOU REALIZE THAT SANE AND SUCK SHE IS -- AND SUCCESS IN SHOW BUSINESS IS A LONG MONEY GAME.

THIS IS A GUY THAT BEAT IT DOWN NIGHT AFTER NIGHT, FOUR, FIVE HOURS IN THE CLUBS ON THE JERSEY SHORE.

IT'S GOOD TO HAVE YOU SHED SOME LIGHT ON THIS STORY.

THANKS SO MUCH.

BE WELL.

Funders

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