Pricking up your ears — and your peepers — in a state of streaming delight goes with the territory at American Utopia, David Byrne's dazzling concert production back on Broadway for an encore joy jolt.The show returns with triumphant signs of its success, including a shiny special Tony Award for its four-month sold-out run that wrapped in February 2020. There's also a filmed live-capture performance directed by Spike Lee, who was in the audience (doing research, perhaps?) when I sat rapt at the...
David Byrne's American Utopia on Broadway Tickets
David Byrne's American Utopia on Broadway Information
David Byrne's American Utopia is at St. James Theatre from September 17. David Byrne's American Utopia tickets are on sale soon.
David Byrne's American Utopia originally landed on Broadway for a strictly limited engagement at the Hudson Theatre from October 4, 2019.
American Utopia is the seventh solo studio album by celebrated singer-songwriter David Byrne, which was released on March 9, 2018, hitting #3 in the US Billboard charts and featuring the single "Everybody's Coming to My House." Since the album's release, Byrne has been touring internationally with a show that NME describes as "the most ambitious and impressive live show of all time." The production, which blurs the lines "between gig and theatre, poetry and dance," has now found a home on Broadway in the heart of New York City, offering fans a unique evening at the theatre in celebration of not only American Utopia, but also of Byrne's extensive back catalogue of hits.
He is, of course, perhaps best known for his days as the frontman and guitarist of the American new wave band Talking Heads, who were active from 1975 through 1991 and spawned such hits as "Psycho Killer," "Life During Wartime," and "Once in a Lifetime." To theatre fans, however, Byrne is probably most admired for his work on Here Lies Love - a disco opera charting the life of former Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos, that played to great acclaim at New York's Public Theater (winning five Lucille Lortel Awards) and London's National Theatre (earning three Olivier Award nominations, including "Best New Musical").
Byrne's other work in theatre includes Secret Life of Humans at 59E59 Theaters, Joan of Arc: Into the Fire at the Public Theater, and The Catherine Wheel on Broadway, among others. And aside from his Drama Desk, Obie, and Outer Critics Circle Awards in theatre, his long list of accolades also includes an Oscar, a Golden Globe and a Grammy Award for the 1987 film "The Last Emperor."
David Byrne's American Utopia is a must-see for all Talking Heads and new wave fans and for all those who embrace innovative ways of fusing together the pulsating worlds of theatre and music.
David Byrne's American Utopia has won a special Tony Award, honoring outstanding productions. Find out more here. David Byrne's American Utopia is also nominated for six 2021 Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Music Direction.
(Photos by Matthew Murphy)
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.
Cast and creative
Producer: Kristin Caskey, Mike Isaacson, Patrick Catullo and Todomundo
Cast list: David
By: rne with Jacquelene Acevedo, Gustavo Di Dalva, Daniel Freedman, Chris Giarmo, Tim Keiper, Tendayi Kuumba, Karl Mansfield, Mauro Refosco, Stephane San Juan, Angie Swan and Bobby Wooten III
Lighting: Rob Sinclair
Choreography: Annie-B Parson
Sound: Pete Keppler
Other info: Music Direction by Karl Mansfield and Production Consultation by Alex Timbers
Latest David Byrne's American Utopia on Broadway News & Features
Annie-B Parson doesn't want to put labels on her work, and you'd be hard-pressed to do so even if you tried. The accomplished choreographer has created movement and dance pieces for everything from musicians like David Bowie and St. Vincent to the Royal Ballet to modern ensembles like Martha Graham Dance Company to operas to a Jonathan Demme film to her own group, Big Dance Theater, to theatre. Basically, if there are bodies moving in space, Parson has a vision for them.Her latest venture comes...
American Utopia isn't your average Broadway show, and Tendayi Kuumba and Chris Giarmo aren't your average Broadway dancers. The two performed in the first Broadway run of the theatrical rock concert, led by Talking Heads frontman David Byrne, in 2019, and have returned for the second engagement, playing at the St. James Theatre through March 6, 2022.Giarmo and Kuumba are two pieces of a 12-person ensemble moving seamlessly about a bare stage. As the only cast members billed as dancers and the...
Everybody's coming to David Byrne's house — but only through April 3. The second Broadway engagement of David Byrne's American Utopia has announced its final extension on Broadway. The show first played the Hudson Theatre from 2019 to 2020 before reopening at the St. James Theatre on September 17, 2021.Americanm Utopia is titled after David Byrne's 2018 album of the same name. The show is a stripped-down concert starring Byrne, who sings his hits from that album and his famous career as the...
A digital lottery will be available for David Byrne's American Utopia beginning with its September 18 performances. The theatrical concert, which originally ran on Broadway for a limited engagement in 2019, will play another limited run at the St. James Theatre from September 17 to March 6, 2022.The digital lottery offers entrants a chance to win one or two $44 tickets to a performance of American Utopia. The lottery will open at 10 a.m. each Monday for the following week's performances. For...
After a Broadway premiere in 2019 at the Hudson Theatre, David Byrne's American Utopia will return to the Great White Way next year. Performances will begin on Sep. 17, 2021 at St. James Theatre, two weeks after Springsteen on Broadway ends.Speaking about the return of American Utopia, David Byrne said: "We all need things to look forward to at this time. I can't wait to get back on stage, live, in person with my fellow band members to perform for audiences in person. I realize now, more than...
Having extensively toured his latest production in 27 countries in 2018, New Wave icon David Byrne has successfully made Broadway his new home. His theatrical concert, titled David Byrne's American Utopia, celebrated the former Talking Heads star's seventh solo album and rocked the Hudson Theatre since October 4. After winning a special 2020 Tony Award, David Byrne's American Utopia returned to Broadway for the 2021-2022 season. Get David Byrne's American Utopia tickets now. What's the story of...
Producers of the Broadway premiere of David Byrne's American Utopia have now released official Broadway production photography, The theatrical concert, which began previews at the Hudson Theatre on October 4, is scheduled for an official opening on October 20 and a limited engagement through January 19, 2020.Check out the new shots of New Wave icon David Byrne and his Broadway cast... Synopsis: "David Byrne's American Utopia is the once-in-a-lifetime Broadway event that marks a major...