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Bruce Springsteen confirms he'll make Broadway debut this fall with solo show

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Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band perform at the Bridgestone halftime show during Super Bowl XLIII between the Arizona Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Steelers at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, on Feb. 1, 2009. Credit: Getty Images / Jamie Squire

Bruce Springsteen plans to relive his glory days and more on Broadway for a limited, eight-week run at the Walter Kerr Theatre starting in October.

“I wanted to do some shows that were as personal and as intimate as possible,” Springsteen said in a statement. “I chose Broadway for this project because it has the beautiful old theaters which seemed like the right setting for what I have in mind. In fact, with one or two exceptions, the 960 seats of the Walter Kerr Theatre is probably the smallest venue I’ve played in the last 40 years.”

Springsteen will do five shows a week starting Oct. 3 and running through Nov. 26, with a running time of around two hours. “Springsteen on Broadway’s” official opening will be Oct. 12.

“My show is just me, the guitar, the piano and the words and music,” he said in a statement. “Some of the show is spoken, some of it is sung. It loosely follows the arc of my life and my work. All of it together is in pursuit of my constant goal to provide an entertaining evening and to communicate something of value.”

Tickets for the limited run go on sale at 10 a.m. Aug. 30 through Ticketmaster’s Verified Fan program. That program, which requires people to preregister at Springsteen’s website and then get placed in a lottery for tickets, is designed to get more tickets to fans instead of ticket brokers. According to Live Nation, after they used the Verified Fan program for Ed Sheeran and Harry Styles’ tours, the number of tickets sold by secondary ticket sites dropped by 90 percent.

“Bruce Springsteen is one of our greatest musical storytellers, and Broadway is built on a beloved tradition of musical storytelling,” Jordan Roth, president of Jujamcyn Theaters, which owns the Walter Kerr, said in a statement. “What a once-in-a lifetime thrill for all of us at Jujamcyn to welcome Bruce home to his rightful place in the Broadway legacy.”

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