David Byrne's American Utopia

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David Byrne's American Utopia is at St. James Theatre from September 17. David Byrne's American Utopia tickets are on sale now. Get David Byrne's American Utopia Broadway tickets.

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 in New York 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)

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Running time: 
1 hour 40 minutes (no intermission)
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About David Byrne's American Utopia:

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
Kristin Caskey, Mike Isaacson, Patrick Catullo and Todomundo
Rob Sinclair
Pete Keppler
Annie-B Parson
Cast list:
David Byrne 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
Other info:
Music Direction by Karl Mansfield and Production Consultation by Alex Timbers
David Byrne's American Utopia Performance Dates & Times
Previews from: 
September 17, 2021
Opening date: 
September 17, 2021
Available from: 
September 17, 2021
Booking to: 
April 3, 2022
April 3, 2022

Performance schedules for all shows are subject to change.

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246 West 44th Street (between Broadway and 8th Avenue), New York, NY 10036
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'David Byrne's American Utopia' to close April 3
February 14, 2022

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.

Photo credit: Cast of American Utopia at the Hudson Theatre (Photo by Matt Murphy)
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October 15, 2020

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 ever, how much I miss performing this show with the band in front of a live Broadway audience.”

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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. David Byrne What’s the story of David Byrne's American Utopia?

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New York Theatre Guide at the Opening Night of David Byrne's American Utopia on Broadway
October 23, 2019

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.

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Official Broadway production photos released for David Byrne's American Utopia
October 11, 2019

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.

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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... Read more

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