Ends Jan 17 | 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 | Ends Jan 17 | Hudson Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (206)

MEMBERS SAY:

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

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.

89
Must-see for byrne fans, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you like David Byrne, enjoy concert-like theater, beautiful staging, great music

Don't see it if If you really don't like Byrne, of course. If you only want musical theater that tells a story

60
It's a concert, Indulgent, Disappointing, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if You are a HUGE David Byrne fan. It's a concert with the musicians on the stage - walking around.

Don't see it if You are NOT a huge David Byrne fan [I'm not]. You are expecting the 'something amazing' that people are talking/writing about [it's not]

Also It's just a concert - with the musicians on stage [interesting] and mo... Read more Read less

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.

91
Relevant, Must see, Epic, Entertaining

See it if You like percussion, interesting staging, or rock music. I'm not a huge Byrne fan in general, but this was AMAZING. So fresh & fun.

Don't see it if You're looking for a play with a story. This is more of a concert.

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.

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

85
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Edgy, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if you like David Byrne's music, you want an evening that is more concert based than typical musical

Don't see it if you are looking for a standard musical

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
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

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....

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

97
Refreshing, Must see, Delightful, Great singing, Masterful

See it if Pure genius... the music, the lighting, the choreography ... once is not enough

Don't see it if You did not care much about Talking Heads. Also if you expect a regular“ concert “ this is definitely much more than that.

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

90
Wow, Must see, Great singing, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if Everything about this show was great. It's not a conventional play but a stylized concert. The music and musicians were amazing.

Don't see it if You expect a typical Broadway musical

Also David Byrne is mesmerizing . I couldn't take my eyes off him and as a ... Read more Read less

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

75
Relevant, Entertaining, Delightful, Refreshing, Great staging

See it if Happy with an imaginatively staged concert of infectious, percussion-heavy pop music.

Don't see it if Expecting traditional Broadway voices. David Byrne is closer to Tom Waites than to Brian Stokes Mitchell.

90
Must see, Relevant, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You are at all familiar with David Byrne or the Talking Heads or like the process of creating music and story - go even if you don’t know DB

Don't see it if You prefer purely theatrical stage pieces, this is much more or a concert and people will get up and dance (and annoyingly even take photos)

78
Refreshing, Clever

See it if you're a David Byrnes fan. This is a concert with no plot. Songs are his old songs, not new. Musicians are great, artfully presented

Don't see it if I never heard these 80's songs so I'm biased. A bit like a blast from the past. Tunes are somehow monotone

100
Refreshing, Thought-provoking, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if You are a fan of David Byrne's music, his international musicians & his quirkiness.

Don't see it if If you need a linear plot type musical because this aint it!

91
Great music, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you are a fan of David Byrne/Talking Heads, hear great music in a concert-like, well choreographed theater piece, dance & bop in your seat.

Don't see it if You are not a fan of DB/TH or the music, you want a traditional play/musical with plot/story line, you don't want to hear his political view

80
Intelligent, Great staging, Delightful

See it if If you are a fan of David Byrne you are going to love this show. The staging is clever and the music is out of this world.

Don't see it if you are looking for a traditional musical. This is very out of the box.

100
Relevant, Great staging, Enchanting, Exquisite, Ambitious

See it if You like incredible music performed by some of the best musicians in the world.

Don't see it if You are expecting a Broadway musical or juke box production.

Also Seems like some people have been a little critical - although still po... Read more Read less

80
It's really a concert, Original, Creative, Clever

See it if you really love David Byrne and his albums. This is really a concert which presents Byrne's music with clever visuals. It's NOT a play!

Don't see it if you're looking for an actual play or musical. It's very well produced, but still....

95
Our world through new eyes

See it if Beautifully staged, choreographed and performed by David Byrne and company, heartfelt and so satisfying to experience. A perfect evening.

Don't see it if If you really don't take to Byrne's music, Talking Heads songs, or are unwilling to try a highly original musical perspective. Your loss.


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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