Development[ edit ] By the early s, Charles M. Schulz's comic strip Peanuts had become a sensation worldwide.
Born in the U. For decades, his concerts have been described as feats nothing short of miraculous, and he has discussed his own songwriting in terms of a magical act: Now he does it again.
Opening October 12, the performance starts simply — not with a familiar "Good evening, New York City! In fact, as simple starts go, this is almost as basic as it gets: That is just one of "the elements that will come in handy should you come face-to-face with eighty thousand screaming fans who are waiting for you to do your magic trick.
Waiting for you to pull something out of your hat, out of thin air, out of this world…. Chekhov would probably agree: Springsteen on Broadway is a true theatrical performance, with a script, an arc, and a fourth wall to break.
It might have been difficult to imagine this new endeavor as anything but a stay-put solo tour, as a residency. Which might not be remarkable for any other extravaganza on the Great White Way, but for an artist who rarely plays the same set twice, who is known, loved, and lauded for his on-stage spontaneity, it might seem a startling change of pace.
Sure, he can turn his band on a dime, call audibles left and right, teach his horn section a new song on the fly. The second time you see it, you might be astonished to realize how much is a clockwork part of the show: Springsteen is a showman par excellence.
And making things seem spontaneous is part of his job, part of his craft — call it the illusion of the first time. Which makes a Broadway show of this kind a not-so-illogical endeavor. It all happens on a spare stage.
Theatergoers arrive to find the set waiting, all blacks and grays; the dark brick wall in the back, by appearances, could be a freshly painted set or the old bones of the place.
Lighting designer Natasha Katz will soon work subtle wonders with color on this near-black box stage, illuminating that back wall, streaming in like sunlight or like beams through cellar windows. Stacks of black road cases are the closest things to props. The acoustic guitars will come.
Those road cases give the proceedings a backstage ambience and some on-brand cool; they also present some irony. Never has Springsteen been as unpacked or as settled-in for a run of shows. The naturalistic performance establishes the standard operating procedure for the entire evening. But what is the story?
It begins subject-by-subject and chapter-by-chapter. Up to this point, the show seems to write itself. These are stirring, moving performances, each one: Linearity begins to drift; eras conflate. This is where the us begins to become believable.
He zooms out to tell an American story as much as a personal story, reflecting his own growing awareness of his country and its people, the revelations he met with as he left "the fucking boondocks" to go out into the world, the hopes and promises and challenges and failures of America.
The trajectory of Springsteen on Broadway is not so much boy to man, but from the sugar-dusted peaks of his Sugar Pops to the western mountains he recalls vividly from his first journey from coast to coast. He describes that first cross-country trip, "where I saw the United States at its fullest, and I was overwhelmed by its beauty.
The country was beautiful. I felt a great elation at the wheel as we crossed the western desert at dawn, the deep blue and purple shadowed canyons, the pale yellow morning sky with all of its color drawn out, leaving just the black silhouetted mountains behind us.
With the eastern sun rising at our backs, the deep reds and browns of the plains and hills came to life. Your palms turned salty white on the wheel from the aridity.
Morning woke the Earth into muted color, then came the flat light of the midday sun, and everything stood revealed as pure horizon lowering on two lanes of black and disappearing into… nothing — my favorite thing.
Then the evening, with the sun burning red into your eyes, dropping gold into the western mountains. It all felt like home and I fell into a lasting love affair with the desert. The Vietnam veteran of the "G.Archives and past articles from the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News, and vetconnexx.com A Charlie Brown Christmas is a animated television special based on the comic strip Peanuts, by Charles M.
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