Photo: Tricia Baron
By Bethany Rickwald
Following a yearlong international tour, David Byrne's American Utopia has announced a strictly limited engagement on Broadway at the Hudson Theatre October 4-January 19, 2020, with the official opening set for October 20. Pre-Broadway, the live show will play 18 performances at Boston's Emerson Colonial Theatre from September 11-September 28.
American Utopia began as an album that David Byrne released on Nonesuch Records in March 2018. The recording was his first to reach No. 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 27 countries over nine months in 2018.
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 (Beetlejuice, Here Lies Love) is production consultant with choreography and musical staging by Annie-B Parson.
For theater and dance, Byrne has written music for Twyla Tharp's Catherine Wheel; In Spite of Wishing and Wanting, for Wim Vandekevbus's Belgian dance company Ultima Vez; Robert Wilson's Civil Wars – The Knee Plays and The Forest; and Here Lies Love and Joan of Arc: Into the Fire.