Bruce Springsteen on Broadway: Masks on as final performances begin

It’s masks on and three weeks to go.

Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa retook the stage at the  St. James Theatre in New York City on Tuesday, Aug. 17, as performances of the hit “Springsteen on Broadway” resumed after a month hiatus.

“Beautiful, wonderful and really emotional,” said Barbara Quinn of Bradley Beach, who was there. The night was also a little “subdued,” she said.

“As soon as you came through the door they said put your masks on and I think that created more of a subdued atmosphere in the crowd,” Quinn said.

The Broadway League announced at the end of July that masks are required for all show attendees, as is vaccination proof or a negative test result for those unable to be vaccinated.

All fans at “Springsteen on Broadway” on Aug. 17 wore masks, Quinn said. The Boss thanked the crowd for doing so.

The audience was “very respectful, very quiet,” Quinn said. “They never had to be corrected by Bruce to stop singing or doing anything.”

That said, there was a lot of audience interaction, and a lot of laughs, too. Springsteen repeated the word “sways” during “Thunder Road,” which got a big reaction, Quinn said.