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Bruce Springsteen Broadway Show Set for December Netflix Bow
Add Bruce Springsteen to Netflix's roster of talent.
The streaming giant on Wednesday announced that The Boss' Broadway show will be filmed for a debut in December timed to its final-night performance.
The Tony-winning Springsteen on Broadway special will launch Dec. 15. The show is based on Springsteen's best-selling autobiography, Born to Run, and features an acoustic performance paired with personal stories. Springsteen wrote the show, which is directed and produced by Emmy winner Thom Zimny. The Netflix film will be produced by the same team, including Springsteen's manager, Jon Landau; his tour director, George Travis; and Landau Management partner Barbara Carr.
"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 Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos. "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 started previews Oct. 3, 2017, before opening Oct. 12. The show was extended three times after its initial eight-week run, grossing a hefty $76.4 million to date. Dec. 15 is the closing night. When all is said and done, Springsteen on Broadway will have sold out 236 performances. The performer this year was presented with a special Tony Award for his unique contribution to the Broadway season.
"The purpose of the film is to bring this incredibly intimate show to Bruce’s entire audience intact and complete," Landau said. "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.”