Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Bruce Springsteen to receive Tony Award for Broadway show

Bruce Springsteen will receive a special Tony Award for his one-man show, “Springsteen On Broadway”, at the 2018 edition of the annual event in New York City this June.

The Tony Awards, which honor theatre professionals for distinguished achievement on Broadway, announced its recognition of Springsteen’s work “for his ongoing engagement, a once-in-a-lifetime theatregoing experience for the Broadway stage, allowing fans an intimate look at a music idol.”

“Springsteen On Broadway”, which launched last fall at the city’s Walter Kerr Theatre, sees the New Jersey rocker deliver a stripped-down, solo performance while sharing details behind some of his legendary material.

“I wanted to do some shows that were as personal and as intimate as possible,” said Springsteen last summer when he announced the original dates. “I chose Broadway for this project because it has the beautiful old theaters which seemed like the right setting for what I have in mind. In fact, with one or two exceptions, the 960 seats of the Walter Kerr Theatre is probably the smallest venue I’ve played in the last 40 years.

“My show is just me, the guitar, the piano and the words and music. Some of the show is spoken, some of it is sung. It loosely follows the arc of my life and my work. All of it together is in pursuit of my constant goal to provide an entertaining evening and to communicate something of value.”

The singer recently extended his sold-out run with 81 newly-added dates that will see the production wrap up in December after a total of 236 performances.

Springsteen is one of two performers set to receive a special Tony Award: actor John Leguizamo is also being honored for his body of work and for his commitment to the theatre, bringing diverse stories and audiences to Broadway for three decades.

The 72nd Annual Tony Awards, hosted by Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban, will air live from Radio City Music Hall on the CBS-TV network on Sunday, June 10 at 8:00 PM ET.

Springsteen will release a limited-edition vinyl box set, “The Album Collection Vol. 2, 1987-1996”, on May 18.

Featuring five albums and two EP’s from the period, the 10LP package delivers remastered editions of 1987’s “Tunnel Of Love”, 1992’s “Human Touch” and “Lucky Town”, 1993’s “In Concert MTV Plugged”, and 1995’s “The Ghost Of Tom Joad”, as well as the 1988 “Chimes Of Freedom” EP, and the first-ever vinyl release of the 1996 EP “Blood Brothers.”

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