“He is so present, and we are so present, and that is the pinnacle of what we hope the theater will be. This actually gets us to that point of sustained concentration between artist and audience. How often does that really happen?”
That’s producer Jordan Roth talking to The New York Times about Bruce Springsteen’s currently sold-out show on Broadway (4 months, 5 nights a week).
It’s the observation of being present and the ‘sustained concentration between artist and audience’ that’s stuck with me as the aspirational goal.
It works for all of us if we let it … being present with the work we do and the people we do it for … concentrating on making that experience the best it can be for everyone involved … really concentrating.
Back in 2009, at the Kennedy Center Honors, entertainer Jon Stewart described Springsteen with this…
“Whenever I see Bruce Springsteen do anything, he empties the tank … every time. And the beautiful thing about this man is he empties that tank for his family, he empties that tank for his art, he empties that tank for his audience, and he empties it for his country. And we, on the receiving end of that beautiful gift, are ourselves rejuvenated, if not redeemed.”
That “empties the tank … every time” is what gets me. (He says it at 3:30 in the 4-minute clip of appreciation below.)
Eight years later (at 68 years old), Springsteen continues to reach and inspire.
P.S. While the show is sold out, the theater reserves 26 seats for each show to be sold by lottery. I’d prefer you didn't ruin my odds but that’s bad karma so … good luck Springsteen fans.
“I wanted to do some shows that were as personal and as intimate as possible … My show is just me, the guitar, the piano and the words and music. 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.”
– Bruce describing his show on Broadway