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“This is what I’ve presented to you for years as my long and noisy prayer, as my magic trick,” Springsteen says in the clip, as a montage of his performances at New York’s Walter Kerr Theatre plays onscreen. “And like all good magic tricks, it begins with a setup.”
Springsteen on Broadway — which to date has grossed $106.8 million at the box office during its 2017-18 run — is structured around excerpts from the veteran rocker’s 2016 memoir, Born to Run. The Tony committee has called it “a once-in-a-lifetime theatergoing experience for the Broadway stage, allowing fans an intimate look at a music idol.”
Elsewhere in Netflix’s preview, Springsteen opens up about the relationships he shared with his parents, Douglas and Adele Springsteen.
“When I was a young man and looking for a voice to tell my stories…I chose my father’s voice. My father was my hero, and my greatest foe,” says the “Hungry Heart” crooner. “Mom was a different story altogether: kindness, optimism, civility. She made me understand for the first time how good it feels to feel pride in somebody that you love.”
Springsteen also opens up about his marriage with Patti Scialfa, praising the singer-songwriter before she joins him onstage. “One night, hanging out at Stone Pony and this beautiful redhead shows up. She is a great songwriter, she has one of the loveliest voices I’ve ever heard,” Springsteen says in the clip. “She is smart, tough, but fragile. Ladies and gentlemen, Patti Scialfa.”
Springsteen on Broadway began previews Oct. 3, 2017, and officially opened Oct. 12, 2017. The limited engagement — for which Springsteen received a Special Tony Award during June’s 72nd annual ceremony — was initially scheduled to end Nov. 26, 2017. However, due to overwhelming ticket demand and Springsteen’s penchant for playing to an intimate crowd, he has extended multiple times. Following a brief hiatus, the show went back on the boards and is slated to sell through Dec. 15.
Springsteen on Broadway is available to stream on Netflix starting Dec. 16. Watch the trailer above.
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