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

90
Ambitious, Entertaining, Delightful, Great staging, Great singing

See it if You want to see a rock concert that is performed very differently. High energy!

Don't see it if You only like straight Broadway musicals.

100
The greatest choreographed concert ever

See it if You like the Talking Heads and/or appreciate avanti guard performances.

Don't see it if You want to see a play. This is more of a concert.

70
Intelligent, Great singing, Confusing, Clever

See it if you're a fan of David Byrne, enjoy concert like shows, incredible talent and relevant material.

Don't see it if you prefer linear plot/narrative story telling, prefer a traditional musical experience.

95
Must see, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if You are a fan of music and want to see a theatrical experience combined with a concert or if you just like the Talking Heads.

Don't see it if You are expecting a play or a musical. This show is neither.

92
Special, Perfect, Riveting, Relevant, Great staging

See it if you are a fan of David Byrne or Talking Heads. This is a special, intimate, charming performance. I wanted to see it again. Uplifting.

Don't see it if you are expecting a Talking Heads concert or a play.

80
Enchanting, Delightful, Clever

See it if You like David Byrne, and want to see a concert come to life.

Don't see it if You do not like David Byrne, or are looking for traditional theatre. This is a concert.

95
Quirky, Masterful, Intelligent, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you are a Bryne fan; open to a unique concert by gifted performers and an amazing band. This is an artful, clever, moving, absorbing show.

Don't see it if you like your music simple and catchy, or need to hear only the big hits.

94
Masterful, Intelligent, Great staging, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You want to see a show that uplifts you and gives you the gift of joy.

Don't see it if I can't imagine anyone not enjoying this show. Byrne is a treasure and it's just a tremendous feel good evening.

93
Refreshing, Relevant, Intelligent, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if you have no idea what this is about or what the experience will be and want to be happily surprised and moved

Don't see it if you don't appreciate humanity, complexity, imagination, musicianship and all other things that make this life challenging and rich

50
Overrated, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if you're a massive David Byrne fan.

Don't see it if you expect anything close to good singing.

83
Relevant, Masterful, Great staging, Edgy, Great singing

See it if you love David Byrne and/or Talking Heads. Also, it pushes the boundary on what defines theatre.

Don't see it if You want a typical Broadway show with a developed story line.

74
Overrated, Banal, Disappointing

See it if You love David Byrne's music and you want to hear some terrific musicians.

Don't see it if You want a show with a plot, characters, a clear trajectory.

95
Inspired, Great singing, Great staging, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You love music, musicians and musical storytelling. You need not be a fan of David Byrne entering but you will become one upon exiting.

Don't see it if You are expecting a traditional Broadway musical as this is more of an intimate concert.

85
Relevant, Quirky, Great singing, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you want to be entertained. I went into the show completely blind with no background knowledge of Mr. Byrne and loved everything about it.

Don't see it if you're looking for a more traditional musical. One could describe it as concert meets performance art.

95
Masterful, Edgy, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if Lynch fans will love old and new Talking Heads numbers. Beautiful production of favorites.

Don't see it if If you don’t like rock and roll or intelligent lyrics. If you’re not ready to sway with the crowd.

88
Riveting, Must see, Intelligent, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if You want a unique Broadway concert experience with an extraordinary band and movement.

Don't see it if You are expecting a traditional Broadway show, it’s not. Even if you are not a fan if David Byrne’s music or techno, it is enchanting

96
Profound, Masterful, Exquisite

See it if you like live music, intelligent commentary, extremely talented musicians, moving experiences, passion.

Don't see it if hard to come up with something. I liked David Byrne, wasn't a die-hard fan. But this is so much more than that. Wonderful!

99
David byrne never disappoints

See it if must see if you are a byrne or talking heads fan. It was an absolute joy. I'd go again in a heart beat

Don't see it if you hate his music

92
Entertaining, Must see, Refreshing, Relevant, Great singing

See it if Who doesn’t love David Bryne ? He is a cultural icon and a prophet. Amazing songs, political message, a must see ten days! Adam Driver There

Don't see it if If you like sticking your head in a ball of wool.

90
Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you're a fan of David Byrne and the Talking Heads.

Don't see it if you don't like concert style shows with a bit of performance choreography and political statements.

91
Relevant, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if I never followed talking heads , but this production was amazing singing, dancing , the music just draws you in. I would see it again.

Don't see it if If you do not like music.

94
Great staging, Intelligent, Great singing

See it if you love Talking Heads, David Byrne's brand of intelligent commentary, original staging and fabulous music

Don't see it if the only reason to miss this show is if you don't like David Byrne. We LOVED it.

80
Intelligent, Clever

See it if David Byrne

Don't see it if You don't enjoy shows that have a political element

80
Quirky, Great singing, Delightful

See it if you love the Talking Heads.

Don't see it if if you don't like the music of the Talking Heads.

Also Accompanied a fan who loved the show. Until Burning Down the House, I ... Read more Read less

82
Artful, Nostalgic, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if Best theatre on broadway is the Hudson! Postive message and uplifting performance. Simple and artistic. Have some appreciate for David Byrne

Don't see it if Artsy hip showmanship is a turnoff. I wonder what the reception would be if this was a new artist doing the same material.

Also I was mixed on this. It was a rare opportunity to see this artful perf... 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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