One guaranteed winner at the 2018 Tony Awards is Bruce Springsteen. His show Springsteen on Broadway continues to sell out at the Walter Kerr Theatre.
His one man show is part concert, part conversation, and all hit. After previews beginning in early October, it opened on October 27 for a run that was originally to be one month. It has been extended multiple times, and is now set to conclude in December 2018 – a full 13 months later than the original plan.
He will perform on the Tony Awards and receive an Special Tony Award tonight in recognition of his artistic contributions (and the unspoken financial contributions) to this season.
On May 3, 1976, Springsteen appeared on stage at Robinson Auditorium. He was on a national tour riding the wave of the success of his August 1975 album Born to Run. His set list for the concert included: “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out,” “Spirit in the Night,” “It’s My Life,” “Thunder Road,” “She’s the One,” “Born to Run,” “Pretty Flamingo,” “Growin’ Up,” “It’s Hard to Be a Saint in the City,” “Backstreets,” “Jungleland,” and “Rosalita (Come Out Tonight).” The encore was “4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)” and “Detroit Medley.
The concert sold poorly. Springsteen vowed never to return to Little Rock again. He did eventually come back, but it would be the year 2000.