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The Verdict Read Reviews for David Byrne's American Utopia on Broadway The theatrical concert reunites the Oscar- and Grammy-winning musician with Here Lies Love’s Alex Timbers and Annie-B Parson.
David Byrne in David Byrne's American Utopia Matthew Murphy

American Utopia, the theatrical concert event from former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne, officially opened on Broadway October 20 following previews that began October 4 at the Hudson Theatre.

The engagement, which follows a recent run at Boston’s Emerson Colonial Theatre, is currently scheduled through January 19, 2020.

David Byrne's American Utopia reunites the Academy, Grammy, and Golden Globe Award-winning musician with director Alex Timbers, who is the production consultant, and choreographer Annie-B Parson, his collaborators on the acclaimed Imelda Marcos musical Here Lies Love.

Critics have begun filing their reviews; read them below:

The Daily Beast (Tim Teeman)

Deadline (Greg Evans)

The Guardian (Alexis Soloski)

The Hollywood Reporter (David Rooney)

The New York Daily News (Chris Jones)

New York Magazine/Vulture (Helen Shaw)

New York Stage Review (Elysa Gardner and Michael Sommers)

The New York Times (Ben Brantley)

The Observer (David Cote)

Rolling Stone (Jerry Portwood)

Variety (Jem Aswad)

The Washington Post (Peter Marks)

The Wrap (Thom Geier)

Check back for updates.

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The show features songs from Byrne's 2018 album of the same name, along with hits from his time as Talking Heads frontman and throughout his solo career. Joining him onstage are an eclectic group of international musicians: Jacquelene Acevedo, Gustavo Di Dalva, Daniel Freedman, Chris Giarmo, Tim Keiper, Tendayi Kuumba, Karl Mansfield, Mauro Refosco, Stéphane San Juan, Angie Swan, and Bobby Wooten III.

American Utopia has lighting design by Rob Sinclair and sound design by Pete Keppler. Karl Mansfield and Mauro Refosco are musical directors.

READ: Why Choreographer Annie B-Parson Needed Harnesses to Complete Her Vision for Broadway’s American Utopia

American Utopia began as an album that Byrne released on Nonesuch Records in March 2018. The recording was his first to reach No. 1 on the Album Chart and was also his first to reach the Top Five on the Billboard 200 chart. The theatrical concert played more than 150 dates in 27 countries over nine months in 2018, and was named Best International Contemporary Concert at Australia’s 2019 Helpmann Awards.

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