David Byrne’s American Utopia is the once-in-a-lifetime Broadway event that marks a major cultural milestone in the worlds of music and theatre. Innovative pop/rock icon David Byrne shares the spotlight with a diverse ensemble of 11 musical artists from around the globe, delivering a theatrical concert that’s as surprisingly poignant as it is supremely funky.
David Byrne On Stage - Theater Credits, Bio and Tickets
David Byrne was born on May 14, 1952 in Dumbarton, Scotland. He is a Rock and Roll Hale of Fame inductee, perhaps best known for his years as the lead singer and guitarist of the American new wave band Talking Heads.
Byrne moved to Hamilton, Ontorio, Canada at the age of two and then onto Arbutus, Maryland at the age of eight. He developed his interest in music at a very early age, having mastered the harmonica, guitar, accordion, and violin, all before the time he reached high school. He attended Lansdowne High School in Baltymore, Maryland, and went on to study at the Rhode Island School of Design and the Maryland Institute College of Art, before dropping out in 1972.
After moving to New York City in 1974, Byrne's music career would finally take off after the formation of Talking Heads with Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth (to be joined by Jerry Harrison in 1977). The new wave band shot to fame and released a total of eight studio albums between 1977 and 1988. They would finally disband following the 1991 reunion track "Sax and Violins" and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.
As a solo artist, Byrne has released seven studio albums and three collaboration albums (two with Brian Eno and one with St. Vincent) and, over the years, he has also found time to work on various projects for theatre, film and television. He won an Oscar, Golden Globe and a Grammy for his original score for the 1987 film "The Last Emperor" and his other notable screen credits include the films "True Stories" (1986) and "Young Adam" (2003) and the HBO television series "Big Love."
In theatre, Byrne is perhaps best known as the Drama Desk, Obie and Outer Critics Circle Award-winning composer and lyricist of Here Lies Love. The acclaimed, immersive production, which charted the life of former Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos, played two sold-out engagements at the Public Theater in New York City in 2013 and 2014 (winning five Lucille Lortel Awards) and a London production at the National Theatre in 2014 (earning three Olivier Award nominations, including "Best New Musical"). It was also recently seen in Seattle, Washington in a 2017 revival. His other notable stage credits include the 1981 Broadway production of The Catherine Wheel, 1984's the CIVIL warS: a tree is best measured when it is down, The Forest in 1991, In Spite of Wishing and Wanting in 1999, and the 2017 Public Theater production of Joan of Arc: Into the Fire.
Byrne released the acclaimed studio album "American Utopia" on March 9, 2018, hitting the #3 spot on the US Billboard charts, and has toured the album in a unique theatrical event named David Byrne's American Utopia across 27 countries since then. The production, which mixes elements of music, theatre, poetry and dance, transfers to Broadway to play an extended limited engagement at the Hudson Theatre from October 4 2019 through February 16, 2020.