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

3
Tedious, Overrated, Elementary choreography, Poor singing, Disappointing

See it if You love David Byrne's songs, because this is a concert of his existing music. And if you don't mind if the singing and choreo is subpar.

Don't see it if You were hoping for an original musical, like Here Lies Love or Joan of Arc. This is not a play or musical. There is no plot.

Also I bought my ticket thinking this was a new original musical. 20 confus... Read more Read less

95
Great staging, Entertaining, Enchanting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You love music and being entertained

Don't see it if it's really expensive! And there are no cheap tickets. And you want to sit up front!

54
Overrated, Excruciating, Dated, Confusing, Dizzying

See it if You’re a fan

Don't see it if You’re not

Also I’m not a fan. I actually thought it was going to be a musical and som... Read more Read less

80
Quirky, Great singing, Entertaining, Enchanting, Clever

See it if You like David Byrne or shows that are out-of-the-box. It's a different sort of show, but that just makes it unique.

Don't see it if You only like "standard" shows that follow normal musical rules, or you don't tend to be open minded when experiencing different things.

90
Refreshing, Quirky, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy a somewhat quirky concert with very good music, interesting dancing, and thoughtful commentary.

Don't see it if you want to see a traditional musical -- it bears no relation to such theater.

Also My knowledge of David Byrne was limited going in -- just loving his mu... Read more Read less

95
Delightful, Great singing, Refreshing, Absorbing

See it if you love live music and full bands, slick and very structurally choreographed performances. Crazy cool beats .. amazing sounds.

Don't see it if you want more of a broadway play. this was like a unique concert

92
Entertaining, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You adore David Byrne and great music

Don't see it if You skipped over the era of the Talking Heads

85
Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing

See it if See the show if you were and are a fan of the "Talking Heads". He still has the talent. Choreography and lighting are amazing.

Don't see it if Do not see it if you do not like rock concerts. If you want a play, Utopia is just music and singing and dancing.

100
Masterful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You love music. You love theatre. You love art. I've never walked away and thought that i had just seen a perfect show, but this was it

Don't see it if I couldn't even say "don't go if you're not a fan"...because i dont know any or much of David's or The Talking Heads that well...still great

90
Masterful, Absorbing, Clever

See it if You love the music of David Byrne and the Talking Heads.

Don't see it if You don't like David Byrne's music and you want to see the "standard" musical.

Also This is a brilliant show. David Byrne weaves a clever story between so... Read more Read less

100
Relevant, Resonant, Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if Like David Byrne, enjoy shows with message, and a unique theater experience.

Don't see it if you want a storyline.

88
Intelligent, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you'd like an unusual and elegant presentation of David Byrne's view of life with his thoughtful commentary.

Don't see it if if you want to see a play. This is a highly choreographed concert

80
Profound, Intelligent, Great staging, Great singing, Clever

See it if I liked the creativeness and originality of this show even though I wasn’t a fan of David Byrnes music! It was extremely entertaining!!

Don't see it if Don’t see if you don’t like rock music!

81
Absorbing, Ambitious, Edgy, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You love David Byrne, great live music and dancing.

Don't see it if You’re expecting a well behaved Bwy audience! Ppl were drunk, texting and emailing thru the whole show and climbing over seats.

100
Masterful, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if You love Byrne's music (solo or with Talking Heads), and if you want to be inspired to do good in the world!

Don't see it if No reason not to see it! It must close 2/17!

85
Relevant, Quirky, Edgy, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if You are a David Byrne fan or like me, a music fan, who will be converted to a David Byrne fan. You like his type of music.

Don't see it if You want a traditional broadway show. You want a story. You don’t like concert-like shows.

99
Absorbing, Delightful, Masterful

See it if You like the talking heads and musical productions

Don't see it if you don't like live music

90
Riveting, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining, Clever

See it if ..... you are a fan of David Byrne, Talking Heads, or that style of music.

Don't see it if ....you are expecting a typical musical or linear story; this is a concert with choreographed musicians.

82
Great choreography, Edgy, Quirky, Relevant, Great staging

See it if you like David Byrne's music and you are politically progressive.

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

90
Enchanting, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if First, it's David Byrne, one of the most groundbreaking, innovative composers of our time on stage with musicians and dancers. Delightful!

Don't see it if full blown Broadway theater productions replete with costumes and a linear storyline are your jam.

91
Entertaining, Delightful, Intelligent, Quirky, Edgy

See it if You love Talking Heads and David Byrne. You can appreciate musicians in motion. You dig a concert conceptualized show.

Don't see it if You’re expecting a linear plot line and traditional musical theatre.

82
Great singing, Entertaining, Clever

See it if A fan of David Byrne and want a great evening of music.

Don't see it if If you have no interest in his music or looking for a traditional broadway experience.

95
Great staging, Great singing, Masterful, Ambitious, Clever

See it if You love music, you love the music and voice of David Byrne, you love commentary about politics and wry observations from a famous person.

Don't see it if Do not like David Byrne, pop music, a cabaret style musical performance.

100
Refreshing, Profound, Masterful, Great singing, Delightful

See it if you like David Byrne And the talking heads or just great music if you’re a conscious human being who enjoys performance art and music

Don't see it if You’re not a conscious human being who Doesn’t like music and political expression

92
Inspirational, Relevant, Masterful, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if You are a David Byrne and Talking Heads fan and enjoy a high energy, original show with extraordinary musicians.

Don't see it if You are not a David Byrne fan or don't enjoy marching band formations.


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."
read more
October 20th, 2019
"There Is a Party, Everyone Is There: David Byrne’s 'American Utopia' on Broadway"
read more
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."
read more
October 20th, 2019
"David Byrne’s ‘American Utopia’ Is a Stunning – and Surprisingly Political – Tour de Force"
read more


Related content


Cast & Creatives (4)