David Byrne's American Utopia
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David Byrne's American Utopia
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David Byrne's American Utopia NYC Reviews and Tickets

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Entertaining, Great staging, Great singing, Delightful, Absorbing

A theatrical concert of David Byrne's iconic music.

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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.] Read more

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.

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

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

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. Read more

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.

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 (21)

The New York Times
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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New York Magazine / Vulture
October 20th, 2019

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

"David Byrne’s ‘American Utopia’ Is a Stunning – and Surprisingly Political – Tour de Force"
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The Observer
October 20th, 2019

"A hermetic yet loose-jointed amalgam of dance, concert, and TED Talk, the sweet, quirky piece comes across as David Byrne's literal brainchild."
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Deadline
October 20th, 2019

"‘David Byrne’s 'American Utopia’ Seeks Paradise, No Wires Attached"
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The Washington Post
October 20th, 2019

"David Byrne brings his entertaining brain to Broadway in ‘American Utopia,’ and it’s totally dope"
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New York Daily News
October 20th, 2019

"In optimistic ‘American Utopia,’ David Byrne offers up reasons to be cheerful"
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AM New York
October 22nd, 2019

"David Byrne’s ‘American Utopia’ lacks plot, but wows audiences with great music"
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Theatermania
October 20th, 2019

"David Byrne's 'American Utopia' Is a Musical Joy Machine on Broadway: The Talking Heads front man comes to Broadway for an extended concert run."
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BroadwayWorld
October 21st, 2019

"DAVID BYRNE'S 'AMERICAN UTOPIA,' A Call To Reject Complacency"
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Talkin' Broadway
October 20th, 2019

"This is no eardrum-shattering, pyrotechnics-filled spectacle. It's just an audience-friendly performer surrounded by a gifted group of musicians, singers, and dancers."
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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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New York Stage Review
October 20th, 2019

4/5 Stars "A choice gallery of thoughtful songs given a classy staging and headlined by a charismatic star, the exhilarating American Utopia will please David Byrne fans and probably win him plenty of new ones."
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New York Stage Review
October 20th, 2019

5/5 Stars "Life-affirming isn't a term that should be thrown around casually, but it's the first one that came to mind as I left a performance of David Byrne's 'American Utopia' that was interrupted by several spontaneous standing ovations-not to mention audience members dancing at their seats."
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Theater News Online
October 25th, 2019

"David Byrne leads a trio of works (including 'Soft Power' and 'Scotland, PA') that reflect on the state of the union."
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Broadway News
October 20th, 2019

"Evoking nostalgia with an eye to the future in ‘American Utopia’"
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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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Broadway Blog
November 13th, 2019

"Are you a David Byrne fan? It doesn't matter. The iconic singer-songwriter's new Broadway show gives new meaning to 'Fifty Shades of Grey' with a nod toward cautionary optimism."
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C
October 20th, 2019

"Downtown stalwart Annie-B Parson has inventively choreographed and staged this once-in-a-lifetime show to a fare-thee-well, creating museum-worthy pictures which brings these songs to life in a way no one has done before."
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