Opens Sep 18 | 1h 40m | Midtown W

David Byrne's American Utopia

From 206 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Great staging, Great singing, Delightful, Absorbing

About the show

Following a sold-out world tour and a hit Broadway run, David Byrne's theatrical concert returns to the intimate Hudson Theatre for 17 weeks only. More…

In "American Utopia," 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. The production also boasts Byrne's "Here Lies Love" collaborators: choreographer Annie-B Parson and production consultant Alex Timbers.

1h 40m | Opens Sep 18 | Hudson Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (206)

MEMBERS SAY:

Entertaining, Great staging, Great singing, Delightful, Absorbing
90
Avg Score

97
Must see, Great singing, Great staging, Entertaining, Clever

See it if Way more than a concert, more musical experience with wonderful lighting and staging. One of years best! Loved it.

Don't see it if Even if you don’t know or like Bryne’s music, it’s worth seeing for the musicianship.

93
Must see, Great staging, Refreshing, Life-affirming, Creative

See it if ur a Byrne fan (or even if ur not) & want to see a joyful celebration of world music & universal harmony in an inventively-staged concert.

Don't see it if ur looking for a traditional Bway show with a plot, narrative, characters, etc. [Otherwise... just see this much-needed festival of life.]

Also If you are not yet a Talking Heads/David Byrne fan, this infectious sh... Read more Read less

93
Dazzling production of byrne's music that never stops moving

See it if you're a fan of Byrne or Talking Heads, enjoy constant motion of musicians dancing while playing, creative choreography, edgy music

Don't see it if not a fan of Byrne & his music, want a plot not subtle political commentary, don't like talk of peace and hope, not a fan of loud percussion

94
Transcendent, Profound, Intelligent, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if Inexplicably transcendent concert residency:A revival meeting matches pop/world willing Scot ringmaster with his effusive fervent stan base.

Don't see it if Dirty bare feet may be a choice, but it doesn't make it athletic ballet. Believes in change, or in leading the pack to (political) change.

Also "Every day is a miracle/The same as it ever was/The same as it ever wa... Read more Read less

100
Fun evening, Great music, Great choreography, Great singing, Great staging

See it if If you like the music, a enjoyed evening out with great music.

Don't see it if This is not a play show. Its concert .

Also It was great, everyone was having a great time. Some of the music I gr... Read more Read less

90
Enjoyable, Refreshing, Great staging, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You’d love to see a fun concert with a fully-realized theatrical staging that exemplifies the central musician & his message perfectly.

Don't see it if You have an intense dislike for Byrne’s music, with its intensive percussion and his [generally] off-pitch singing.

96
Phenomenal, Great staging and lighting, Must see, Masterful, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy an evening full of talent, creativity, great singing, choreography; good to see DB seeming so happy and comfortable with himself.

Don't see it if you're expecting a Broadway play or don't like DB - no other reason; so well produced, involving, you can feel the love from the stage.

Also Still Burning Down the House with this wonderful, feel good production... Read more Read less

90
Fabulous and creative.

See it if You're a David Byrne fan and know that it's mainly a concert.

Don't see it if You expect a real musical play with a story.

95
Great dancing, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if If you enjoy David Byrne's music

Don't see it if if you are not a fan and prefer traditional musicals

Also A stunning audio/visual presentation that incorporates music, precisio... Read more Read less

92
Creative, Inventive choreography, Great band, Great staging, Joyous

See it if looking for a unique theater experience that is less than a play but much more than a concert, brilliantly performed with heart & humanity.

Don't see it if looking for traditional b'way fare; want more than a monochromatic set (tho there are layers of color in what is said & sung).

Also Byrne is a master showman with an ingratiating manner, questioning min... Read more Read less

95
Fun, Great dancing and lighting, Great music, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if Yes a concert - but very theatrical with its incredible dancing, lighting, & effective set (altho. minimalist) with dense chain hanging*

Don't see it if You want spoken dialogue. A few words of wisdom & interesting thoughts from Byrne but the dialogue is really one of movement between the**

Also *down on the three sides. Porous to let musicians in and out.... Read more Read less

87
So much fun, Incredible energy, Exuberant, Great staging, Better than any jukebox musical

See it if A beautifully crafted stage show of Byrne’s oeuvre that will have you on your feet. Don’t know the songs? Still infectiously joyous.

Don't see it if I didn’t know the songs, so the title still bemuses & the show was a tad long, but the production’s energy & talent is inspired.

85
Intelligent, Exceptional music & musicians, Sometimes unclear in the connecting thread between segments, Concert-like experience, Simple beauty

See it if familiar with David Byrne’s canon or not; if an admirer of talented musicians and relish art as unifying, you’ll appreciate American Utopia.

Don't see it if you aren’t familiar with Byrne’s work, seeking a “story”-driven show, or expecting a traditional musical with elaborate sets and props.

Also David Byrne’s American Utopia doesn’t feel like a Broadway show, but i... Read more Read less

91
David byrnes' sensibility, Refreshing, Intelligent

See it if You love DB, appreciate his music, world outlook, focus on perfection of performance. The staging, so simple and complex, 1 costume for all

Don't see it if Obviously, you dislike DB. Do not like his politics Think banning immigration a good idea Don't believe in climate change Want amazing scene

93
Combines old and new material successfully, Choreographed, thematic concert, Must see, Terrific singing, instrumentals, and choreography, Byrne @ his best!

See it if You are a Byrne or Talking Heads fan. Need an uplifting night. Enjoy a creative feast of music, movement , and design. ❤ concerts & theatre.

Don't see it if Are looking for a traditional play or linear storyline. Don't like Byrne or music of the Talking Heads.

Also A terrific, inspiring, positive experience!

86
Great choreography, Entertaining, Relevant, Masterful, Great singing

See it if you like David Byrne, Talking Heads, or great concerts. Byrne's performance is engaging and dynamic, but Parson and Giarmo deserve praise.

Don't see it if It's a literal weird to me this is listed as "theatre". This is a concert. An excellently choreographed one, but don't expect anything else.

94
Refreshing, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if Concert, musical...call it what you want: it’s great. Delving in DB’s on his road to somewhere. Incredible talent.

Don't see it if Not a traditional musical.

92
Cool, Great staging, Fabulous musicians, Creative, Original

See it if to get a peek into the creative mind of David Byrne. If you like stylized concerts with interesting staging & choreography. Unique and fun.

Don't see it if you want something with a plot. If you actively dislike Byrne's music--you don't need to be familiar with his work to enjoy this.

92
Different, Riveting, Absorbing

See it if you're a David Byrne/Talking Heads fan.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of shows where at least part of the audience will be dancing along.

90
Great singing, Disappointing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you love David Byrne

Don't see it if you are looking for a classic theater piece. This is more concert as performance art.

91
Refreshing, Great singing, Great staging, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if A cabaret-performance-movement (Annie-B Parsons) concert tour through Talking Heads/David Byrne catalog with great joy and effervescence

Don't see it if One could not be a fan of the music catalog or be annoyed by the person(s) in front of them standing up and dancing (which is encouraged)

96
Must see, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you want to have fun! Beautifully lit, staged, directed, & performed. I loved the movement. Song choices were great. Everyone should see it!

Don't see it if you don't care to see what is mostly a concert. But it is so joyful and so beautifully performed, you should give it a chance.

91
Must see, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining, Clever

See it if The staging on this was was fabulous. The music, singing and energy was great too. More a musical concert than a musical, but outstanding

Don't see it if You dont like David Byrne's music, or if you want to see a serious play

84
Original, Masterful, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if You're a fan of David Byrne of Talking Heads. His music is rhythmic and original. The ensemble of percussionists & guitar talent is awesome.

Don't see it if You don't like David Byrne's music or his production style. There's no story, just musical performances. Choreography is minimal.

81
Ambitious, Great staging, Clever

See it if You love Byrne.

Don't see it if You need apolitical music.


October 20th, 2019
CRITIC’S PICK "‘American Utopia’ Is David Byrne’s Neighborhood: This jubilant production, choreographed by Annie-B Parson, transforms an icon of alienation into a cosmically cozy senior statesman."
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October 20th, 2019
"There Is a Party, Everyone Is There: David Byrne’s 'American Utopia' on Broadway"
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October 20th, 2019
"Byrne and a company of 11 musicians, singers and dancers are burning down the house in the Broadway residency of the former Talking Heads frontman's knockout theatrical concert."
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October 20th, 2019
"David Byrne’s ‘American Utopia’ Is a Stunning – and Surprisingly Political – Tour de Force"
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