David Byrne's American Utopia (Broadway)
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David Byrne's American Utopia (Broadway)
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David Byrne's American Utopia (Broadway) NYC Reviews and Tickets

87%
(478 Reviews)
Positive
94%
Mixed
5%
Negative
1%
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Entertaining, Great staging, Great singing, Delightful, Clever

A theatrical concert of David Byrne's iconic music.

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Member Reviews (478)

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876 Reviews | 906 Followers
68
Dated, Uneven, For byrne's fans

See it if you like and know the music.

Don't see it if No entertaining gimmicks other than some choreography. No costume or set changes. Not for everyone.

851 Reviews | 1007 Followers
69
Specific musical taste, Concert, Not theater

See it if Interesting concert. Some good songs. Nice choreography.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of most Byrne music.

811 Reviews | 221 Followers
93
Delightful, Masterful, Great singing, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if you want to enjoy a night of great music with exciting choreography, perfect sound and thrilling lighting -not only Byrne but an entire cast

Don't see it if you are looking for a musical that tells a story. This is 1 3/4 hrs of Byrne's songs and talk loaded with important messages.

539 Reviews | 1877 Followers
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.

692 Reviews | 152 Followers
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

MJK
677 Reviews | 187 Followers
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.] Read more

618 Reviews | 274 Followers
82
Just a very cool concert by one of the legends of rock and roll

See it if you love David Byrne's cerebral music, Byrne in good form w fine percussion-heavy band; impressive choreography, lighting/sets

Don't see it if Byrne's message is full of Kumbaya cliches; needs more variety to sustain 90 minute concert

612 Reviews | 125 Followers
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 . Read more

Critic Reviews (22)

New York Stage Review
October 17th, 2021

"David Byrne’s American Utopia can be described as a theatrical concert, but let’s call it what it really is: musical therapy for emotionally traumatized audiences...If there was any justice in the world, this show would remain on Broadway forever as a respite from future crises."
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New York Stage Review
October 17th, 2021

"To say that there is a kinetic thrill emanating from the stage of the St. James Theatre at present is something of an understatement. What you get in David Byrne’s American Utopia is a hundred-minute jolt that stays with you long after you’ve exited onto 44th Street."
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Front Row Center
October 20th, 2021

"“David Byrne’s American Utopia” is the perfect first post-pandemic theater to see. It is unlike anything you've seen before - unless you've seen IT before. It is exuberant, joyful, mesmerizing, moving, thoughtful and fun! It is also completely safe. Vaccinations, ID and masks required."
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New York Theatre Guide
October 18th, 2021

"5/5 stars...The soundscape is gorgeous, lyrics landing with bell-like clarity...Of course, you expect a concert staging to be an earful. This one is, and then some. You can feel the insistent throbbing drumbeats in a way that only emanates from a live performance...Byrne’s essential onstage connections are 11 other ace performers who handle vocals, drums, strings, keyboard and movement so polished, tight and precise it could make a marching band or a rhythmic gymnastics squad each swoon."
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The New York Times
October 20th, 2019
For a previous production

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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New York Magazine / Vulture
October 20th, 2019
For a previous production

"There Is a Party, Everyone Is There: David Byrne’s 'American Utopia' on Broadway"
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The Hollywood Reporter
October 20th, 2019
For a previous production

"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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Variety
October 20th, 2019
For a previous production

"David Byrne’s ‘American Utopia’ Is a Stunning – and Surprisingly Political – Tour de Force"
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