Bruce Springsteen to receive special Tony Award for Broadway show

The Tony Awards will honor Bruce Springsteen in June for his production of “Springsteen on Broadway.” In the live-streamed ceremony early Tuesday morning announcing this year’s nominations, “Hamilton” star Leslie Odom Jr. called “Springsteen on Broadway,” which is performed entirely solo by the artist except for two songs where he is joined by his wife, singer Patti Scialfa, a “theatergoing experience of extraordinary dimensions.”

Springsteen recently extended the show, which has been one of Broadway’s hottest tickets since it launched in October, until December 15, with 81 shows added beginning on July 10. This marks the third time “Springsteen on Broadway” has been extended since its initial eight-week run. The current run of shows concludes on June 30.

The wording of the extension announcement seemed to leave open the possibility that Springsteen could perform the show elsewhere: At various points it reads “December 15th to be the final show of Broadway run” and references “a final New York City show on Dec. 15”). In an interview with Variety in September shortly before the show’s Oct. 3 launch, Springsteen left the show’s end point open — “Whether there’ll be more [shows added after the initial 16-week run] I’m not sure, we’ll have to see how I feel” — and that seems to have been his approach throughout.

In a review of the show’s 95th-or-so performance last month, Variety noted, “Five months [into the run], the Boss is showing seasoning and increased comfort as well as some understandable, unsurprising impatience with his latest creation. … at points on this night his delivery felt a little worn, but those moments were far outnumbered by ones that took on shadings and emotions that have evolved as he’s settled into the show. He’s changed up the script without deviating from its main points, and rarely used the teleprompters that he relied upon heavily during the early shows. But most of all, his performance has become more, well, theatrical. After decades of arena-sized body language, he’s scaled himself down without losing any of his enormous presence — his body has learned a new language. He’s figured out how to be larger-than-life in a small place: He’s learned the power of stillness, how to use pauses for dramatic and comic effect, and how to use his body almost as a set piece and secondary — and at times a primary — form of communication.”

“Springsteen On Broadway” began previews on October 3rd, 2017 and officially opened October 12th. By the end of his previously announced Broadway run on June 30th, Bruce Springsteen will have performed 155 sold-out shows at the Walter Kerr Theatre. This extension will bring the total number of “Springsteen on Broadway” performances to 236.

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17. Lady Gaga, Elton John, Blondie, Sting, Shirley Bassey / 'Don't Stop Believin'

Bruce and Lady Gaga singing Journey's famed '80s anthem along with Elton John. Sounds almost like an acid trip, but it actually happened and here is the evidence from the Rainforest Fund's 21st Birthday Celebration benefit concert at Carnegie Hall Thursday, May 13, 2010 in New York City.

16. REM / 'Man on the Moon'

Bruce joined REM at a vote for change concert. He starts singing at about 4:10 into the performance, duets with Michael Stipe and then breaks off a pair of cool guitar solos. This is a performance any child of the '90s will appreciate.

15. Neil Young / 'All Along the Watchtower'

The Godfather of Grunge and The Boss team up on the Bob Dylan classic popularized by Jimi Hendrix in what seems like an unrehearsed 2004 duet.

14. The Rolling Stones / 'Tumbling Dice'

At a concert in Rio Lisboa earlier this year, Mick Jagger brought Springsteen, who was vacationing there at the time, out on stage to join the band on its 1972 classic from 'Exile on Main St.'

13. Dave Grohl and Elvis Costello / 'London Calling'

In 2003 at the Grammy Awards, the boss joined Elvis Costello and Dave Grohl, of Nirvana and Foo Fighters fame, in a tribute to The Clash's Joe Strummer.

12. Joan Jett / 'Light of Day'

The '80s rocker invited Springsteen to join her onstage for the title song written by Springsteen from 'Light of Day,' a 1987 film she starred in with Michael J. Fox.

11. Phish / 'Glory Days'

Bruce joined the ultimate jam band to rock out to one of his own classics, 'Glory Days,' at Bonnaroo in 2009.

10. U2 / 'I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For'

'I'm looking for the Boss,' Bono exclaims in the middle of the song ... and almost magically Springsteen materializes.

9. John Fogerty, Jackson Browne and Eddie Vedder / '(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace Love & Understanding'

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band with Jackson Browne, John Fogerty and Eddie Vedder a Nick Lowe song that was popularized by Elvis Costello in East Rutherford NJ, at the Vote For Change concert on October 13, 2004.

8. Bob Seger / 'Old Time Rock and Roll'

This performance in New York City is one of just two times, according to Rolling Stone, the two have shared a stage.

7. Chuck Berry / 'Johnny B. Good'

The earliest rock influencer that Bruce has performed with is Chuck Berry on his iconic hit during the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1995.

6. Axl Rose / 'Come Together'

The Guns 'N' Roses frontman and Bruce performed a duet of the Beatles' 'Come Together' at the 1994 Hall of Fame Inductions Ceremony, when John Lennon was inducted into the Hall of Fame as a solo artist.

5. Melissa Etheridge / 'Thunder Road'

Etheridge tells an amusing story about having called Springsteen on the phone to ask 'what if?' The result: a very cool unplugged version of 'Thunder Road.'

4. Billy Joel / 'New York State of Mind'

'Are you ready for the bridge and tunnel summit meeting?' Bruce asked the crowd at the 25th Anniversary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame concert in 2009. The 'King of Long Island' met New Jersey on 'neutral ground' at Madison Square Garden, and this is what happened.

3. Paul McCartney / 'I Saw Her Standing There' and 'Twist and Shout'

The two rock legends came together for an amazing finish to Springsteen's final concert of Hard Rock Calling 2012 in London. The collaboration was amazing, but not amazing enough for concert promoters. It's not in the video above, but promoters -- to the great surprise of McCartney and Springsteen -- pulled the plug on their encore when the show broke the building's sound curfew.

2. Bon Jovi / 'Born To Run'

The two Jersey boys looked and sounded like they've been (or maybe should have been) touring together for decades as they rocked out on 'Born To Run' at Madison Square Garden during the 12/12/12 Sandy Relief concert.

1. Eddie Vedder, Tom Morello / AC/DC's 'Highway to Hell'

In a moment of rock awesomeness, Bruce was joined by Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder and Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello, for a cover of AC/DC's 'Highway To Hell' at a show in Melbourne, Australia in February 2014.

NEW YORK - OCTOBER 29: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street band with Billy Joel perform onstage at the 25th Anniversary Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Concert at Madison Square Garden on October 29, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 12: Musicians Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi and Max Weinberg perform at '12-12-12' a concert benefiting The Robin Hood Relief Fund to aid the victims of Hurricane Sandy presented by Clear Channel Media & Entertainment, The Madison Square Garden Company and The Weinstein Company at Madison Square Garden on December 12, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Clear Channel)
Eddie Vedder and Bruce Springsteen during 'Vote For Change' Closing Night Concert - October 13, 2004 at Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States. (Photo by Debra L Rothenberg/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 30: Bruce Springsteen (C) performs onstage with the Edge (L) and Bono (R) of U2 at the 25th Anniversary Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Concert at Madison Square Garden on October 30, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/WireImage)
(L-R) Musicians Bruce Springsteen and Axl Rose performing. (Photo by Time Life Pictures/DMI/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 23: Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters (Left), Bruce Springsteen and Elvis Costello perform during the 45th Annual Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden on February 23, 2003 in New York City. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)
Jackson Browne, John Fogerty, Eddie Vedder and Bruce Springsteen (Photo by Debra L Rothenberg/FilmMagic)
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