Bruce Springsteen will be relaunching his solo show “Springsteen on Broadway” later this month. In order to get a seat, all spectators must prove they are fully vaccinated, according to the Jujamcyn Theaters, whose St. James Theater will be hosting the resumption.
“I loved doing ‘Springsteen on Broadway’ and I’m thrilled to have been asked to resume the show as part of Broadway’s reopening,” Springsteen said in a statement.
It will be one of the first productions to play the Great White Road since the Covid-19 pandemic
closed all performances and left cinemas empty more than a year ago. Many shows that have already announced reopening dates are scheduled for late summer or early fall.
“Springsteen on Broadway” originally played 236 performances in 2017 and 2018, and Springsteen received a Special Tony Award. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer throws in between the songs stories about his life that come from his 2016 autobiography “Born to Run”.
This time, however, all concert-goers must be fully vaccinated, meaning at least 14 days have passed since their second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine (or the first if they received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine). The only exception is children under the age of 16, who are accompanied by fully vaccinated adults and have to prove a negative Covid-19 test.
Jujamcyn said it upgraded the theater’s ventilation system and that staff are following “strict cleaning and hygiene protocols”. Jujamcyn made no mention of whether audiences need to wear masks and keep their distance or whether they plan to sell every seat, which would alleviate a financial burden on producers and theater owners at the start of the reopening talks.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed that fully vaccinated people
can congregate indoors without social distancing or wearing masks.
Springsteen spent the first few months of 2021 ripping off former President Barack Obama on her Spotify podcast, Renegades: Born in the USA.
But he has a soft spot for Broadway. When he accepted his Special Tony in 2018, he called his time on stage “one of the most exciting things I’ve ever seen”.
The show opens on Saturday June 26th. Springsteen on Broadway tickets go on sale Thursday at 12 noon ET and cost between $ 75 and $ 850 per jujamcyn. For Springsteen fans who cannot make the trip to Broadway, the original production will be streamed as a concert film on Netflix.