The Playbill for Springsteen on Broadway reads Written and Directed by Bruce Springsteen which means the Boss could be eligible for Tony Awards for both Best Book and Best Direction of a Musical.
The problem is, where is he going to find some 1,600 free tickets for Tony voters and their dates for a show thats sold out for the entire length of its run?
Sources say Springsteen would like to be part of the Broadway hoopla, and that would even include appearing on the Tony telecast in June. (If CBS could get him to host, ratings would skyrocket although I cant see the Boss tap-dancing with the chorus boys from SpongeBob SquarePants.)
His show, which started previews this month and runs through Feb. 3 at the Walter Kerr Theatre, is more than a nutshell version of one of his concerts.
He handpicked the theater, says a production source. He spent a lot of time tailoring his performance to the Kerr. It is a unique experience.
But Springsteen cant be nominated for anything if Tony voters cant get in to see him.
A few solutions are shaping up. Members of the Tony Awards Administration Committee saw the show Friday and, from what I hear, loved it. They have the power to award Springsteen a Special Tony Award for, well, putting on a great show thats also the hottest ticket of the season or the town, for that matter.
The committee will meet in a few months to discuss it.
Springsteen doesnt have a Broadway pedigree, but thats no hindrance. Barry Manilow and Diana Ross both received Special Tonys in the 1970s for their Broadway concerts.
Not since Raquel Welch in Woman of the Year has there been this much pandemonium on Broadway!
Should Springsteen opt to be considered for writing and directing his show, he could add an extra performance to accommodate all 800-plus Tony voters, minus their dates. The Kerr seats just 975. Im sure there would be some grumbling, but I doubt any Tony voter would pass up the chance to see whats shaping up to be a historic performance.
All options are on the table, a source says.
Springsteen on Broadway, which opens Thursday, is pretty much a one-man show, though Springsteens wife, Patti Scialfa, has come up onstage to sing a song or two.
Crowds mob the stage door after the performance to get a glimpse of their hero, whos been known to pose for photos with his fans.
Not since Raquel Welch in Woman of the Year has there been this much pandemonium on Broadway! says a production source, linking, for perhaps the first time in the history of popular culture, the Boss with the star of Fantastic Voyage.
Whatever happens with the Tonys, Springsteen is likely to get at least one mark of Broadway fame: I hear Sardis may commission a caricature of him to hang on its wall next to that of another Broadway sensation: Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Im happy to report that yet another Broadway sensation, Betty Buckley, is returning to Joes Pub this week with her show Story Songs #2 from Thursday through Sunday. Shell perform songs by Joni Mitchell, Stephen Sondheim, Jason Robert Brown and T Bone Burnett.
Not only is Buckley one of my favorite actresses, but she can also sing the hell out of a song. Catch her while you can.