If you were lucky enough to catch David Byrne's American Utopia tour (locally it was at both Merriweather Post Pavilion and The Anthem) you know what an amazingly choreographed show it was - with a completely mobile band playing songs from the No. 1 charting album American Utopia with more of Byrne’s classic solo tracks and Talking Heads material.
If you missed it - you may have one more shot to see it ... David Byrne has announced he's bringing the show to Broadway, with the help of of Rob Sinclair (lighting), Pete Keppler (sound), Karl Mansfield (Musical Director), Alex Timbers (Production Consultant), and Annie-B Parso (Choreography and Musical Staging). American Utopia will run from October 20th, 2019 through January 19th, 2020 at the Hudson Theatre.
Prior to the NYC run - the production will be staged at Boston’s Emerson Colonial Theatre for an 18-performance run from September 11th through September 28th.
When asked about bringing American Utopia to Broadway, Byrne wrote:
“Because of how theatrical the show is, others started telling me ‘this needs to go to Broadway.’ Why not? But what did that mean? Parked in a beautiful Broadway theater we can perfect the sound, the lights, the movement. I thought to myself that this new context might be good- it might bring out the narrative arc a little bit more, to make it just a little more explicit. I asked Alex Timbers, whom I’d worked with twice before on musicals, to help. He brought some original and insightful ideas to the room, ideas I was too close to imagine, and we used those to build on what we had.”
Watch a trailer for the theatrical production below.