David Byrne’s ‘American Utopia’ Returning to B’way

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After an acclaimed sold-out run, David Byrne’s American Utopia has announced a return engagement on Broadway at the intimate Hudson Theatre from Sept. 18 through January 17, 2021.

Following a Sept. 2019 tryout in Boston, the original Broadway production ran from October 4, 2019 to January 19, 2020, to rave reviews. It’s expected to receive numerous Tony Award nominations when they are announced on Apr. 28. The awards will be broadcast live on CBS on June 7.

Tickets for the new run are available at Ticketmaster.

A filmed version of the earlier production has been directed by Spike Lee, although no release date for theaters or streaming services has been announced.

David Byrne in ‘American Utopia’ (Photo by Catalina Kulczar, used with permission)

David Byrne’s American Utopia features 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.

The design team includes Rob Sinclair (lighting) and Pete Keppler (sound). Karl Mansfield is Musical Director. Alex Timbers is Production Consultant with Choreography and Musical Staging by Annie-B Parson.

American Utopia began as an album that Byrne released on Nonesuch Records in March 2018. The recording was his first to reach #1 on the Billboard album chart and was also his first to reach the top 5 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 27 countries over nine months in 2018.

The cast performed “Once in a Lifetime” on Saturday Night Live on Feb. 29.

Watch the ensemble perform the Talking Heads’ “Road to Nowhere” during the original Broadway production

Byrne said the following about the creation of the Broadway production: “As I was recording the songs for my American Utopia album it occurred to me that they would be exciting to play live, and I realized that a lot of my older material would fit right in….I imagined a live show….I pictured a lot of drummers, a kind of drum line/samba school/second line- that would create the rhythms.”

Related: Watch David Byrne and choir sing David Bowie’s “Heroes”

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