Donald J Trump famously invoked the prospect of "American carnage" in his inauguration speech in 2017, but rock musician (and occasional theatrical composer) David Byrne's reply, in his 7th solo studio album, was to focus on more positive emotions, with the title American Utopia.
David Byrne's American Utopia
Tickets are on sale now for David Byrne’s American Utopia at the Hudson Theatre on Broadway.
Following more than 150 dates in 27 countries over nine months in 2018, David Byrne's American Utopia lands on Broadway for a strictly limited engagement in October 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.
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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.
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Burning Down the Hudson Theatre! 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, entitled David Byrne’s American Utopia, celebrates the former Talking Heads star’s seventh solo album and has been rocking the Hudson Theatre since October 4. After opening to glowing reviews on October 20, his loyal fan base will be pleased to know that this limited engagement has extended through February 16, 2020. David Byrne What’s it all about?
On Sunday night, the New York Theatre Guide enjoyed a utopian experience as we celebrated Opening Night of David Byrne's American Utopia at the Hudson Theatre on Broadway. This theatrical concert is inspired by New Wave icon David Byrne's seventh solo studio album, alongside a plethora of hits from his days in Talking Heads. It's being so well-received, in fact, that it has just extended its limited engagement through February 16, 2020. Read Mark Shenton's 4* review of the Broadway premiere here.
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.
Ready for the New Wave? The Broadway premiere of David Byrne's American Utopia begins previews at the Hudson Theatre tonight, ahead of an official opening on October 20 and a limited engagement through January 19, 2020. Synopsis: "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."