Ends Feb 16 | 1h 40m | Midtown W

David Byrne's American Utopia

From 104 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Great staging, Great singing, Delightful, Must see

About the show

Following a sold-out world tour, David Byrne's theatrical concert comes to Broadway’s intimate Hudson Theatre for 16 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 | Ends Feb 16 | Hudson Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (104)

MEMBERS SAY:

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

71
Relevant, Intelligent, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if If you are a David Byrne fan. It is more of a staged concert than a musical. The production is great but repetitive.

Don't see it if You want a traditional musical or concert. It tries to be the best of both and falls sort.

96
Refreshing, Absorbing, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You want to see one of the greats! What a night!!

Don't see it if You...um... I don’t know. Go see it.

87
Great lighting and choreography, Activist-oriented, Optimistic, Great musicianship, High-energy

See it if you are a fan of David Byrne and appreciate great staging and musicianship. Dancing in your seat and singing along is encouraged.

Don't see it if you need to bring your baby to the theater. They will cry. Not for those who don't like creative concert shows, immigrants or voting.

90
Relevant, Great singing, Entertaining, Great staging, Delightful

See it if you will enjoy a creative, inspiring and totally enjoyable evening of song and stories. Don/t need to be a David Byrne fan - the band rocks

Don't see it if you do not like a great concert

90
So fun, Must see, Great staging, Great singing, Delightful

See it if you love David Byrne, enjoy being happy from the first note to the last. This is a joy ride. No need to know the music to love the show.

Don't see it if You don't like his music or desire a linear plot. This is a concert with staging. It's so good....

90
Must see, Masterful, Great singing, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if You even vaguely like David Byrne, Talking Heads, or live music. I'm only a moderate Byrne fan & was blown away by the music & choreography.

Don't see it if He doesn't do Psycho Killer. That comprises 100% of my complaints with the show. You need to see this.

95
David byrne - talking heads, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy David Byrne or loved listening to the Talking Heads. Byrnes voice is as good as it ever was. The road to somewhere is on Broadway

Don't see it if You don’t like Talking Heads ... but really... this is a great show

83
Must see, Refreshing, Great singing, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if You were a fan of the Talking Heads back in the day, and want to see Byrne with a cast of superb musicians and singers

Don't see it if You want to see a play or a musical...this is a concert in a beautifully restored 1903 theater

85
Amazing musicians!, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if You are a talking heads/ Byrne fan. Want an evening filled with amazing music and singing with messages of hope thrown in

Don't see it if You are not a fan of david Byrne. Don't want a show that's mostly a concert. Don't like to hear talk of politics on a night out on Broadway

Also The musicians on the stage were some of the best I've ever heard. Each... Read more Read less

95
Must see, Great singing, Great staging, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if I was absolutely Blown Away by this show. The choreography, dancing, staging, the 11 talented musicians, and of course David Byrne himself

Don't see it if Even if you know nothing of the Talking Heads or David Byrne I still think you will love this show. Just sensational. Must see.

Also I've seen David Byrne countless times over the years including an inti... Read more Read less


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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