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Netflix Ponies Up for “Springsteen on Broadway,” Will Tape and Air Hit Show On Closing Night in December


And the winner is… Netflix. Of course.

Netflix has announced it’s going to air Bruce Springsteen’s “Springsteen on Broadway” on December 15th, the same night the Boss closes his extraordinary run of 236 performances. “Springsteen on Broadway” began previews and opened in October 2017.

There was a lot of speculation about who would be the winner of this plum. HBO was the obvious choice. But Netflix is willing to spend more than anyone on anything right now, so they’re the unsurprising winner.

Springsteen has averaged $2.4 million a week since opening on Broadway and should continue that way right til the end. His manager, Jon Landau, produces the show. Without much overhead– there’s no set to speak of, and no other frills– Springsteen and Landau are basically renting the theater. Their expenses are minimal. So “SOB” has been a superb money maker. You can bet down the line there will be a DVD and CD release of the show.

If you can get in to see Bruce on Broadway, meantime, it’s well worth it, a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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