David Byrne’s ‘American Utopia’ Sets Broadway Return This Fall
BroadwayTheater February 17, 2020 Kelly Byrnes
After a successful limited run at the Hudson Theatre, David Byrne’s stage show American Utopia is coming back for more.
The show ended its initial Broadway run on February 16 after 121 performances at the Hudson Theatre, where it set a house box office record earlier this month. Hours before the final curtain fell, Byrne revealed that the musical will return to the Hudson Theatre stage in September for a 17-week run.
“It’s become obvious to us in the band, the crew and the producer team that audiences want, dare I say need? To see this show,” Byrne said in a statement. “They’re not ready to have it disappear just yet. We feel the same way, we love doing this show. So, it’s thrilling to us that we can announce that we’ll be back in September.”
The second Broadway stretch will get underway September 18 and extend four months before wrapping January 17, 2021. Tickets for all upcoming shows are on sale now.
As a stage show, American Utopia spawned from Byrne’s 2018 album of the same name. He recruited nearly a dozen musicians to join him on stage where they perform songs from the album as well as various hits from the Talking Heads.
The show will breathe new life later this year back on Broadway but also in a film version to be directed by Spike Lee. The film’s release date and viewing platform remain unknown. However, it is the latest in a string of Broadway successes to be translated directly to film. Springsteen On Broadway‘s best-selling run later found its way onto Netflix, whereas Lin-Manuel Miranda recently confirmed a production of Hamilton was filmed with its original cast and will be brought to the big screen next October.
Last Updated on February 17, 2020 by Kelly Byrnes