David Byrne’s American Utopia is back to Broadway on September 17 and officially opened at the St. James Theatre on October 17. This critically acclaimed work won a special Tony Award at the Tony Award Ceremony on September 26.
David Byrne’s American Utopia is back to Broadway
Byrne said in an earlier statement: “It’s great to finally, after more than a year, I can announce that our show will return to Broadway. You who hold on to your faith, hold on to your vote, well, you know this. Eventually, it will happen! September 17th-The reinstallation preview begins. We are moving to the St. James Theatre-right on 44th Hudson Street where we were before. The stage is wider and the capacity is bigger-I think We did a great job! Seriously, New York is back, and given everything we have seen, felt, and experienced, it’s obvious to me that no one wants to return to a world where everything is like this. We have a chance to enter a new world. See you there then.”
David Byrne’s American Utopia is produced by Christine Kaski, Mike Isaacson, Patrick Catullo, and Todomondo, Hal Luftiger, Jonathan Renis, Sheila F Ridman, Annapurna Theater, Elizabeth Armstrong, Thomas Raub, Steven Rosenthal, Erica Lynn Schwartz, Matt Piccheny, Steve Traxler, Ryan Blavatnik, Nonesuch Records, Warner Chappell Music, and Ambassador Theatre Group Productions. Alan Williams serves as executive producer.
Byrne is joined by returning band members Jacquelene Acevedo, Gustavo 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.
A random draw with a digital lottery backed by Lucky Seat. It will sell a limited number of US$44 seats per show. The initial operation started on October 20, 2019, and will continue until 2020. Production recovered its initial investment of USD 4 million in mid-December 10 weeks after its opening.
Oscar-winner Spike Lee filmed this theatrical concert at the end of a Broadway show; it premiered on HBO on October 17, 2020. This film has recently won two Creative Arts Emmy Awards: lighting design/lighting guidance for variety shows and mixing for variety series or special programs. Under the direction of production consultant Alex Timbers (Moulin Rouge!), the lighting design of the show was designed by Rob Sinclair, Pete Keppler as sound design, and Karl Mansfield and Mauro Refosco as music director. Annie-B Parson provides choreography and music performances.
Credits: Playbill.com; newyorktheaterguide.com
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