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Broadway Bruce? Springsteen Planning 8 Weeks of Theater Shows

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Bruce Springsteen performs onstage with the The E Street Band at Qudos Bank Arena on Feb. 7, 2017, in Sydney, Australia. (Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

By J. Wheaton   |   Friday, 16 Jun 2017 05:04 PM

Bruce Springsteen will play on Broadway during an eight-week run at Walter Kerr Theatre.

The New York Post broke the news Friday, citing an unnamed theater source.

"He wants to play a smaller house," the source said. "He wants to try something more intimate, and he likes the idea of being on Broadway."

The pared-down version of his stadium set is expected to open in November with five performances a week.

The 975-seat Kerr, owned by Jujamcyn Theaters, will be Springsteen's rent-free during the run, with Springsteen gathering ticket sales and the theater taking the revenue from alcohol sales, Rolling Stone reported.

"He’ll keep the lights on in the building, and they’ll sell gazillions of dollars worth of booze," the source told the New York Post.

The theater has been vacant since May, when the Broadway production of "Amelie" closed.

Springsteen's most recent tour, celebrating his 1980 album "The River" ended in February.

Last year, Springsteen told the New York Post's Michael Riedel that he was open to the idea of turning his memoir "Born to Run" into a Broadway musical, though he hadn't seen any interest in the idea from Broadway.

"I haven’t read the book yet, but I’ve read about it — all the good reviews," one producer told Riedel. "It can be tricky, though. Remember we had the Sting musical and the Bob Dylan musical. They didn’t work."

As for his coming residency at the Kerr, "Springsteen will sell out the run in a minute," Riedel wrote in Friday's New York Post story.

Fans shared their enthusiasm on Twitter.

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