David Byrne's American Utopia

The cast of David Byrne's American Utopia stand in front of a silver beaded curtain wearing light blue suits and no shoes.

Show Details

Performance Schedule

SATURDAY @ 5:30 PM & 9 PM

Run Dates

August 02, 2019 - February 16, 2020

Upcoming Scheduled Events

No scheduled performances found.

Running Time

1:40 hrs

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Show Description

DAVID BYRNE’S AMERICAN UTOPIA delivers “an experience unlike anything else”  - Billboard

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 and marks a major cultural milestone in the worlds of music and theater.

David Byrne and ensemble deliver “a marvel of staging and motion” (Chicago Tribune) that’s as surprisingly poignant as it is supremely funky.  


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August 02, 2019 - February 16, 2020

Wheelchair seating, assistive listening devices, handheld captions, and prerecorded audio description are always available.

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Closed Captioning

Captioning is available on your personal device via the GalaPro app or at the theatre with valid ID

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Audio Description: Pre-recorded

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Theatre Details


Hudson Theatre
141 West 44th Street
New York City, NY 10036

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Public Transportation

By Bus: QM15, QM16, QM17 and QM18 – drops off at 44th Street & 6th Avenue

By Subway: Nearly all trains stop within 2 blocks of the theatre (FMBD on 6th Ave & 42nd Street and 1/2/3/N/R/Q/W/7/S at Broadway & 42nd Street)

Additional Accessibility Details

Wheelchairs: Wheelchair seating is located in the Orchestra only. For assistance, please call (646) 975-4626.

Seating: Seating is accessible to all parts of the Orchestra without steps. There are several small sets of stairs to get to the Dress Circle. There is 3 flights of stairs to the Balcony. Hand rails are available at every stepped seat row

Elevator\Escalator: There is an elevator that takes you from the main entrance to the Dress Circle level. The elevator does not go to the Balcony level (several banks of steps are required to reach the Balcony).

Parking: Valet parking garage directly across from the theatre

Curb Ramps: Available in front of the venue.

Entrance: The main entrance is ADA Accessible.

Box Office: ADA Accessible ramp from sidewalk into Box Office; ADA Accessible window.

Restroom: There are ADA Accessible restrooms on the Orchestra and Dress Circle levels. There are a total of 27 toilets in the venue.

Water Fountain: A water fountain is available in the Dress Circle and the Balcony.

Telephone: There is complimentary public Wifi throughout the theatre.

Assisted Listening System: Reservations are not necessary. Devices may be picked up in the Box Office lobby. Drivers license or ID with printed address required as a deposit.

Visual Assistance: For assistance with ADA seating, please call (646) 975-4626.

Folding Armrests: For assistance with ADA seating, please call (646) 975-4626.

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Reviews (3)

Teaming up with a crew of 11 prodigiously talented and hard-working musicians, backup singers and dancers of diverse ages and ethnicities, Byrne gathers a vibrant community onstage, over which he presides as part professor, part preacher, part partying proletarian. The sheer jubilation being transmitted by the performers, not to mention the dynamic staging, seem to demand a new kind of sensory intake. It's less a concert than a participatory religious experience, honoring the primal pleasures of music, dance and song as collective celebration, a rite to be savored more than ever in dark times.


Although he has been recording and performing since the 1970s, Byrne’s voice is in wonderful shape; in fact it has ripened into a more nuanced instrument since the days when he was often just barking in an almost emotion-less tenor, with the newest songs (like the opening “Here”) often bringing out the widest variety of tonal colors. But he raises the volume at certain points, particularly on “Hell You Talmbout,” the only non-Byrne song included, a protest song by Janelle Monáe that is performed with an audience-galvanizing intensity. It decries the killings of black Americans by police over the past years, invoking the victims’ names — sadly too many to list here — as angry incantations. 


The  show, with its muted costumes and setting, and its choreography, has a New Wave feel to it. You will hear old favorites like “Crazy,” “Once in a Lifetime,” and—with a caution that dancing in the aisles is forbidden by the Fire Department—the crowd takes to its feet for “Burning Down The House.” Do not, as quite a few people did, leave the theater too quickly, or you will miss a wonderful encore: “Road To Nowhere"