MIDTOWN, Manhattan (WABC) -- I have seen the best show in town and its name is "Springsteen on Broadway." Here's a man used to selling out stadiums, playing to less than a thousand of the faithful -- come to see an intimate show that is more contemplation than concert:
"Don't you run back inside darlin' you know just what I'm here for," and hearing those words less than a thousand Bruce Springsteen fans know they are in the right place.
The trip back down "Thunder Road" led to a land of hopes and dreams. The Promised Land is currently located on 48th street in the heart of the Midtown Theater District. "Springsteen on Broadway" is both a reverie and a reckoning -- a chance for The Boss and his fans to reflect on the long journey they have shared together.
It is the power of his memories that make the show magic: memories of his parents and of the town where he grew-up: Freehold, New Jersey.
The show is a journey back to a time when Springsteen says, he faced a blank page "daring" him to write on it. He tells his audience, "it is the one thing I miss about getting older: the beauty of that blank page of a thousand possibilities."
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Today, he''s finding new possibilities in old songs, and because it's Bruce, we can again "have a little faith, there's magic in the night."
He tells us again, "Baby, we were born to run," but here the hard rock is stripped down to its core -- so as to mine even more beauty from it:
Most notably, when it came to remember The Boss' Big Man, the late Clarence Clemmons.
His passing was one more reminder that, just like the man says, "we ain't that young anymore."
Maybe not, but with age has come wisdom, and a show that proves the power of "infinite dreams."
Sandy Kenyon reviews 'Springsteen on Broadway'