American Utopia on Broadway: Show Is Now Closed

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American Utopia Summary

  • Show Status: Closed
  • Genre: Special Event
  • American Utopia is 2 Hours and 30 Minutes long, including an intermission of 15 Minutes
  • 7 Shows per week
  • Previews Began: September 17, 2021
  • Show Opened : October 1, 2021
  • Show Closed: April 3, 2022

A theatrical pop-art performance based on the 2018 David Byrne album American Utopia. The show also includes songs from Byrne's solo career and from the Talking Heads band.

American Utopia on Broadway Background

American Utopia is “Rock and Roll Hall of Famer” David Byrne’s 2018 album and show of the same name. The 2021 production is the second time around for the show that originally came to Broadway in mid-2019. That show beat all the Broadway analyst’s ticket sales expectations by over 40%.

Return of the 2019 Show in 2021

The first production of American Utopia in 2019 became the #1 grossing show for the Hudson Theatre by a huge margin.

When the theatre’s landlord, the Ambassador Theatre Group, realized how impactful the show really was to Byrne’s fans and how successful the show and box office could be in the future, they asked Byrne and the rest of his team to come back to perform it again in 2021.

The show ultimately moved to the St James Theatre, due to contractual obligations, but the positive press if the show endeared it the new landlord at the Jujamcyn owned St. James Theatre.

Unprecedented Move By Broadway Landlord

This business move was somewhat unprecedented on the Great White Way, where they are more often focused on what's next. as opposed to what actually worked. The Ambassador Theatre Group appears to have a different approach to shows than other Broadway landlords EG The Shubert Organization.

David Byrne and the Talking Heads

David Byrne, is a Grammy, Oscar, and Golden Globe winner, and is best known for being the lead singer of Talking Heads and Byrne headlines this theatrical Broadway experience once again.

Byrne led the famous “new-wave” American Rock n’ Roll band Talking Heads from 1975 to 1991, where he helped create the four albums which appear on Rolling Stone’s list of “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”. Talking Heads is also named on Rolling Stone’s "100 Greatest Artists of All Time".

This show is Byrne’s second appearance on Broadway.

What’s American Utopia Like?

American Utopia on Broadway 2021
American Utopia on Broadway 2021

American Utopia is presented in a lively concert-like performance format, where David Byrne performs many of the songs from his latest album and also plays some of his Talking Heads hits including; "Life During Wartime", "Psycho Killer", and "Once in a Lifetime".

Unspoken Narrative

Byrne delivers an unspoken narrative in this show and refrains from articulating it into spoken words. The story unfolds through osmosis from the music, the band and the dance choreography.

Unlike other concerts that have found themselves temporarily housed at a Broadway theatres, this experience is far more theatrical than the other usual concert performances and delivers a richer experience in a well-suited theatre. Originally at the Hudson Theatre and now at the St James.

Is American Utopia Good for Kids?

This show is great for all ages, as Bryne sings songs that everybody can sing and/or dance to, but the narrative will fly over the heads of the young ones as this experience is clearly not The Wiggles.

Theatre Information

St. James Theatre

246 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10019
Seats: 1,710
Entrance: 44th Street, between 7th and 8th Ave
Theatre Information

St. James Theatre Seating Chart

American Utopia Marquee

American Utopia Marquee

Cast Members

David Byrne
Jacquelene Acevedo
Gustavo Di Dalva
Daniel Freedman
Chris Giarmo
Tim Keiper
Tendayi Kuumba
Karl Mansfield
Mauro Refosco
Stéphane San Juan
Angie Swan
Bobby Wooten III


Kristin Caskey

Mike Isaacson

Patrick Catullo


Production Credits

Executive Producer
Allan Williams
Music & Lyrics
David Byrne
Annie-B Parson
Production Consultant
Alex Timbers
Press Agent