Bruce Springsteen Releases Trump Protest Song

He shows off his comic timing, joking that he has crafted a wildly successful career by writing songs about working-class oppression yet has never done an honest day’s work in his life. He also explores the love/hate relationship we have with our home towns, noting that while several of his hits are about breaking free and running to a better place, he now lives 10 minutes from where he grew up.

At two hours long, the show is far shorter than his freewheeling stadium gigs. He sticks to his script and even uses a teleprompter, but even so, it doesn’t come across as rehearsed. The 68-year-old directs himself, but called on Broadway stalwarts for the excellent, minimalist set design, lighting and sound set-up.

Another major difference between this show and the stadium Springsteen is the absolute silence in the theatre. At one point, the audience started clapping in time to Dancing In The Dark – he broke off and admonished: “I'll handle it myself.” He performs the last part of Long Walk Home with no microphone or guitar amplification, prompting a standing ovation. Springsteen’s wife, Patti Scialfa, joins him onstage for Tougher Than The Rest and Brilliant Disguise, offering welcome support for what is sure to be an exacting four-month, 79-performance run.

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