Nonesuch releases the cast album for the critically acclaimed Broadway production of David Byrne’s American Utopia, with music and lyrics by David Byrne. The two-CD version is out now and is available from the Nonesuch Store; a vinyl edition will be available this summer
American Utopia began as an album, also released by Nonesuch, which received a Grammy nomination and was the first by Byrne to reach #1 on the US Album Chart; it was also his first to reach the Top Five on the Billboard 200 chart. The concert tour in support of American Utopia, which inspired the Broadway show, included songs from the new album along with music from Talking Heads and Byrne’s solo career. Byrne and the ensemble performed more than 150 dates in twenty-seven countries over nine months.
Byrne performed a song from David Byrne’s American Utopia on Jimmy Kimmel Live! during a special broadcast from the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) and will be musical guests on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
David Byrne’s American Utopia features David Byrne with 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; Davi Viera also performs on the album. The show’s design team includes Rob Sinclair (lighting) and Pete Keppler (sound). Karl Mansfield and Mauro Refosco are Musical Directors. Choreography and Musical Staging is by Annie-B Parson. Alex Timbers serves as Production Consultant.
David Byrne’s American Utopia is the once-in-a-lifetime Broadway event that delivers “an experience unlike anything else” (Billboard) and marks a major cultural milestone in the worlds of music and theatre. Innovative pop/rock icon David Byrne (Talking Heads, Here Lies Love) shares the spotlight with a diverse ensemble of eleven musical artists from around the globe to deliver “a marvel of staging and motion” (Chicago Tribune) that’s a “thought-provoking example of the power of live music” (Forbes).
American Utopia on Broadway Original Cast Recording
- I Know Sometimes a Man Is Wrong / Don’t Worry about the Government
- This Must Be the Place (Naïve Melody)
- I Zimbra
- Slippery People
- I Should Watch TV
- Everybody’s Coming to My House
- Once in a Lifetime
- Glass, Concrete & Stone
- Toe Jam
- Born under Punches (The Heat Goes On)
- I Dance Like This
- Every Day Is a Miracle
- Burning Down the House
- Hell You Talmbout
- One Fine Day
- Road to Nowhere
*CD and digital bonus track: The Great Curve