Bruce on Broadway! The Boss is open to the idea
No producers have approached him yet, but Bruce Springsteen tells Michael Riedel of the New York Post that he's open to the idea of turning his "Born To Run" memoir into a musical. Riedel says he met Springsteen, briefly, at a party for his best-selling “Born To Run” the other night at Maialino. When Riedel asked if there was any Broadway interest in his book, Springsteen said, “not yet.”
I think a Bruce musical would go over great on Broadway but of course would have to be done right since his biggest core audience is right here. It would be great to see old Jersey replicated on the stage. You would also need a strong cast to tell his story. One actor I could see playing Bruce is Alex O'Loughlin who plays Steve McGarrett in the reboot of Hawaii 5-0. Although I'm not sure if he could sing.
Rock musicals are tricky on Broadway, while "Jersey Boys" did great, Sting's "The Last Ship" and Bob Dylan's "The Times They Are A Changin'" did not. Even a John Lennon musical, which cost 7 million dollars to produce, lasted only 49 performances.
But when you see the success the tribute bands like B Street have just playing his music, a Springsteen musical would be a huge success!
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