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

95
Great musicians, Refreshing, Great staging, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you want to see a group of talented musicians performing while skillfully executing good choreography and sounding amazing!

Don't see it if If you want a story or can't appreciate David Byrne.

Also It's just a fantastic show! Entertaining, refreshing, and impressive. ... Read more Read less

95
Visually stunning, Must see, Great staging, Great singing

See it if This is absolutely amazing. Visually just a feast. For the ears of course. But also for the eyes ... and heart.

Don't see it if Can’t really think of a reason to not see. It’s the happiest and most hopeful hour and a half I’ve experienced in a long time!

Also It’s a must see even if you aren’t a David Byrne fan. Fantastic!

92
Masterful, Great staging, Exquisite, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you want to see an original, absorbing, music, dance and visually dazzling production with international flare. This show is pure joy.

Don't see it if you want to see a dramatic play and something with a clear story.

90
Must see, Intelligent, Great singing, Funny, Delightful

See it if You are a fan of the Talking Heads

Don't see it if You are expecting a theatrical experience. This is basically a concert.

94
Riveting, Great staging, Intelligent, Must see, Clever

See it if You are a big David Byrne fan or approve of his music or just want to experience a well choreographed and musically talented show.

Don't see it if You do not appreciate a song-oriented performance.

90
Must see, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if you like David Byrnes. Or you don't know who David Byrnes is, but you like great music.

Don't see it if you don't like David Byrnes or the Talking Heads or great music.

100
Enchanting, Delightful, Clever

See it if You love great music you love David Byrne quirkiness you love America and a hope for the future

Don't see it if you hate david byrbe you want a plot you don't like gray suits

83
Edgy, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if If you enjoy the music of David Burnes, you'll love it!

Don't see it if It's very minimal in regards to what you see on the stage. Also, a bit too left wing, takes away from total enjoyment.

88
Great singing, Refreshing, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Upbeat, different, socially enlightening, fun and funny, avant-garde, creative, thoughtful. Get up and dance!

Don't see it if You don't like the Talking Heads. Also, if you are very politically right-wing in social issues, you may not like the message.

91
Masterful, Must see, Riveting, Relevant, Refreshing

See it if love David Byrne--he is in fine form here. Great balance of his material with that of the Talking Heads. great choreography!

Don't see it if don't like the music of David Byrne and the Talking Heads, though this may win you over!

100
Epic, Entertaining, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you're a big David Byrne fan, or you're a fan of incredible music staged in an incredible way.

Don't see it if you are averse to strobe lights - there is major use of them during one part!

Also This was honestly one of the coolest things I have seen on Broadway in... Read more Read less

74
Great staging, Entertaining, Clever

See it if I enjoyed the show, but I think if you're a true David Byrne, you would definitely have a great time.

Don't see it if You don' t care for David Byrne's singing or songs. It's pretty much all him (with musicians and a couple of dancers on stage).

91
Great staging, Intelligent, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You love David Byrne and appreciate his quirky sense of humor. Also, you love great music!

Don't see it if You don't like the Talking Heads.

100
Riveting, Relevant, Brilliant

See it if ..you like David Byrne and/or The Talking Heads and want to see a unique, thought-provoking show.

Don't see it if ..you want a traditional plot or show tunes.

95
Energetic, Musically impressive, Entertaining, Riveting, Great singing

See it if You will love the energy, musicianship, David Byrne's stage presence and hardworking ensemble!

Don't see it if If you are not a Talking Heads fan or under the age of 16, it probably will not resonate.

100
Go

See it if you want to see the show of your life. All that drumming healed me.

Don't see it if you can’t go.

100
Must see, Masterful, Great staging, Great singing, Delightful

See it if You are human. You’ve heard a Talking Heads song. You like intelligent, choregraphed concerts. You want a once-in-lifetime experience.

Don't see it if You are not human. You don’t like loud music and occasional strobe lighting.

94
Absorbing, Riveting, Great singing, Enchanting

See it if You love David Byrne, or like me, you learn to love him and his music.

Don't see it if You don't like his music as it is mostly a concert with quirky dancing and some talking.

93
Must see, Intelligent, Clever, Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if You are a fan of David Byrne and the Talking Heads -- of course -- but also if you enjoy great choreography and absorbing dialogue

Don't see it if You want a splashy over-the-top musical. This is spare, with set design relegated to curtains and all eyes on the humans on stage.

92
Riveting, Masterful, Great staging

See it if you want to watch a master songwriter perform with perfect stage design & lighting, flawless choreography and joyful & mobile musicians.

Don't see it if you are looking for a narrative play. Think of this like one long, visually stunning, clever and transcendent music video performed live.

100
Intelligent, Great staging, Enchanting, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if you want to think and be uplifted

Don't see it if you're looking for a linear/ straightforward musical/concert experience

100
Masterful, Exquisite, Enchanting, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy performance, music, storytelling, and dance. It's hypnotic, immersive, and beautiful.

Don't see it if Can't think of any reason. There's a bit of politicaI preaching in there but I loved it. May not be for conservatives.

Also Even if you're not a Talking Heads fan, you'll like it. I only knew 2 ... Read more Read less

98
Must see, Masterful, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if you can.

Don't see it if you can’t.

100
Edgy, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if You're a fan of David Byrne and love talented musicians who "march to a different drummer" with high energy and unique choreography.

Don't see it if You want to sit quietly in your seat and can't tolerate loud music.

95
Masterful, Great singing, Great staging

See it if great music, staging, and songs appeal to you.

Don't see it if if you don't like David Byrne's music.


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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