Bruce Springsteen adds 10 weeks of shows to Broadway run

Bruce Springsteen will be staying on Broadway a little longer than initially planned, organizers announced via Twitter on Wednesday.

OK, a lot longer.

The Boss has added 10 weeks of shows to his Springsteen on Broadway run, pushing the show through Feb. 3.

Tickets to the new shows will go on sale Sept. 7.

News of the extension came mere hours after the beginning of sales for previously announced dates. Before  the extension, Springsteen on Broadway was scheduled to run Oct. 3 through Nov. 26.

Ticket sales are being handled by Ticketmaster, which requires fans to preregister for the show as part of the company’s Verified Fan program to get passes. The rollout caused confusion among fans after its launch, with Ticketmaster advising that fans “be vigilant” and not purchase tickets from secondary providers via social media.

Despite that warning, tickets for the shows have cropped up on ticket-selling websites like StubHub and Vivid Seats. Some tickets on the services, like a pair in orchestra seating for an Oct. 4 show at the Walter Kerr Theatre, are priced as high as $9,800 each. The theater has fewer than 1,000 seats.

Ticketmaster is using its Verified Fan service as a way to cut down on the success rate of ticket-buying bots that are used to buy tickets for popular shows to be resold. The service has users register their names, phone numbers, and addresses ahead of purchasing tickets, and approves customers as verified fans or adds them to a wait list. Those selected were given a code to buy tickets. Others were put on a wait list.

For the extended run of tickets, all fans previously verified in the first round will automatically be verified again. Fans who want to get in on the lottery can become verified fans until September 3 at 10 p.m. at springsteen.tmverifiedfan.com.

Springsteen on Broadway is the New Jersey native’s first string of solo shows since his Devils & Dust tour in 2005. The show will reportedly be organized as part concert, part book reading, with Springsteen performing tracks from throughout his career in between reading passages from his memoir, Born to Run.