American Utopia

Run Time:
One hour and 40 minutes, with no intermission
Ages: 8+
Opened: October 20, 2020
Closing: February 16, 2020

American Utopia - 2020 - Broadway History , Info & More

David Byrne's American Utopia delivers "an experience unlike anything else" (Billboard) and marks a major cultural milestone in the worlds of music and theater. Innovative pop/rock icon David Byrne (Talking Heads, Here Lies Love) shares the spotlight with a diverse ensemble of 11 musical artists from around the globe.

Together with production consultant Alex Timbers and choreographer Annie-B Parson (his collaborators on Here Lies Love), Byrne and ensemble deliver "a marvel of staging and motion" (Chicago Tribune) that's as surprisingly poignant as it is supremely funky. Don't miss this "thought-provoking example of the power of live music" (Forbes).

American Utopia began as an album that David Byrne released on Nonesuch Records in March 2018. The recording was his first to reach number 1 on the Album Chart and was also his first to reach the Top Five on the Billboard 200 chart. The theatrical concert, which includes songs from American Utopia along with songs from Talking Heads and his solo career, played more than 150 dates in 27countries over nine months in 2018.

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The 100-minute performance is a pretty stripped-down affair, and yet it is consistently eye- as well as ear-filling. Byrne and his 11 musician-cohorts, all dressed in identical, monochromatic gray, are the entirety of the stage furnishings, their bare feet signaling a serendipity and lack of pretense. (Rob Sinclair's gorgeous lighting design is a particular enhancing factor.) "Us and you: That's what this show is," Byrne declares at one point, explaining how he sought a production with as few artificial barriers as possible between the instrumentalists and the audience.

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8 / 10

Featuring songs from his chart-topping 2018 album that gives the show its title, American Utopia (in case you're wondering) also includes a crowd-pleasing selection of hits from his Talking Heads days, flawlessly performed by Byrne and an onstage ensemble of 11. In fine voice (if he's lost any range over the years, it's unnoticeable beneath an ear-catching blend of Bowie croon and Dylan whine), Byrne remains a constant traveler of his own rabbit holes, and it becomes our job and pleasure to keep up.

David Byrne's AMERICAN UTOPIA Will Be Adapted Into a Book by Nicole Rosky - March 23, 2020

David Byrne's American Utopia, which is scheduled to return to Broadway in the fall, will be adapted in to a book, according to the Associated Press. Byrne will work with author and illustrator Maira Kalman, who also collaborated with him on the stage production.

David Byrne's AMERICAN UTOPIA Will Return to Broadway This Fall by Stephi Wild - February 16, 2020

David Byrne's American Utopia is headed back to Broadway this fall!

AMERICAN UTOPIA Ends Broadway Run Tonight by Stephi Wild - February 16, 2020

David Byrne's American Utopia plays its final Broadway performance tonight, February 16. Its limited run officially opened at the Hudson Theatre on October 20.

Spike Lee to Direct Filmed Version of DAVID BYRNE'S AMERICAN UTOPIA by A.A. Cristi - January 31, 2020

Academy Award-winning director Spike Lee is signed on to direct a filmed version of the acclaimed Broadway show, David Byrne's American Utopia.

Photo Coverage: AMERICAN UTOPIA's David Byrne Celebrates New Sardi's Portrait by Nicole Rosky - January 30, 2020

David Byrne, currently burning down the house on Broadway in David Byrne's American Utopia, was just honored with one of Sardi's legendary portraits. BroadwayWorld is taking you inside the special event below!

VIDEO: David Byrne Had Jerry Seinfeld Improve a Joke in AMERICAN UTOPIA by Stage Tube - January 7, 2020

David Byrne stopped by Late Night with Seth Meyers on Monday night to talk about his show American Utopia. He shares with Meyers the surprises that have come with performing on Broadway and engaging with audiences.

VIDEO: David Byrne Talks AMERICAN UTOPIA and More on CBS SUNDAY MORNING by Stage Tube - January 5, 2020

David Byrne was featured on this morning's episode of CBS Sunday Morning. His Broadway show American Utopia was just one of many topics the performer covered.

David Byrne's AMERICAN UTOPIA Adds Three Performances on Broadway by Chloe Rabinowitz - November 26, 2019

The critically acclaimed David Byrne's American Utopia has added three performances on Monday, December 30 at 8pm, Tuesday, February 4 at 8pm and Tuesday, February 11 at 8pm. The show opened to rave reviews on October 20 and must close Sunday, February 16 at the intimate Hudson Theatre on Broadway.

Win a Chance to Meet David Byrne at AMERICAN UTOPIA by Chloe Rabinowitz - November 20, 2019

Once in awhile, various things one has been working on for years have an opportunity to converge, separate strands meet, and it all falls into place. As if they'd always been meant to come together. When I recorded the songs for my American Utopia album, it occurred to me that they would be exciting to play livea?"and I realized that a lot of my older material would fit right in. I imagined a live showa?? I pictured a lot of drummers, a kind of drumline/samba school/second line, that would create the rhythms. I had this vision of how exciting that would be, both for me and for an audience. Now as I bring that vision to Broadway, I want you to join me!

VIDEO: DAVID BYRNE'S AMERICAN UTOPIA Performs 'Road to Nowhere' on THE TONIGHT SHOW by Stage Tube - November 20, 2019

On last night's episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, David Byrne gives a special performance of 'Road to Nowhere' with the cast of the Broadway musical David Byrne's American Utopia for the audience.

David Byrne And Writer Mala Gaonkar To Premiere New Immersive Theatre Experience THEATER OF THE MIND by A.A. Cristi - November 7, 2019

The Denver Center for the Performing Arts Off-Center is excited to announce the world premiere immersive production, Theater of the Mind, coming to Denver in August 2020 co-created by Talking Heads frontman David Byrne and writer Mala Gaonkar. 

VIDEO: David Byrne Performs AMERICAN UTOPIA's 'One Fine Day' With Brooklyn Youth Chorus by Stage Tube - October 23, 2019

Last night, David Byrne, who's show American Utopia is currently on Broadway, performed the song 'One Fine Day' with The Brooklyn Youth Chorus the Brooklyn Academy of Music on Jimmy Kimmel Live.


American Utopia has had 2 productions including Broadway which opened in 2020 and Broadway which opened in 2021.



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