Former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne appeared on Late Night With Seth Meyers January 3. The award-winning musician spoke about reworking his Tony-honored Broadway show, American Utopia, which resumed performances December 28 at the St. James Theatre with a modified program due to breakthrough COVID-19 cases within the company.
Byrne told host Meyers that audiences "really want to be together. They really want to express themselves and have a good time." The musician also spoke about why the cast wears gray suits; what was worse about 1970s New York; his upcoming book of artwork created during the pandemic; and when he originally met Spike Lee, who filmed American Utopia for HBO Max. Watch the full interview above.
Byrne also gave a shout out to American Utopia percussionist Gustavo Di Dalva, who is a guest drummer/percussionist with the 8G Band throughout the week on Late Night.
American Utopia features Byrne with band members Jacquelene Acevedo, Di Dalva, Daniel Freedman, Chris Giarmo, Tim Keiper, Tendayi Kuumba, Karl Mansfield, Mauro Refosco, Stéphane San Juan, Angie Swan, and Bobby Wooten III. The company standbys are Renée Albulario, Alena Ciera, Chris Eddleton, Evan Frierson, Abe Nouri, and Natalie Tenenbaum.
Under the guidance of production consultant Alex Timbers (Moulin Rouge!), the show features lighting design by Rob Sinclair, sound design by Pete Keppler, and musical direction by Karl Mansfield and Mauro Refosco. Annie-B Parson provides choreography and musical staging.