David Byrne has all the time had greater than a little bit of the theatrical in him, what together with his extremely choreographed stay reveals. Which is simply to say his subsequent transfer makes numerous sense: The enduring musician has introduced he’s bringing his American Utopia present to Broadway later this yr for a strictly restricted engagement.
The present, which options a wholly cell band, offered out concert events world wide final yr. The performances blended songs from the No. 1 charting album American Utopia with extra of Byrne’s basic solo tracks and Speaking Heads materials. Now, Byrne has gathered the crew behind the tour to prefect the intricate stage design and actions for the Broadway stage. The design crew is made up of Rob Sinclair (lighting), Pete Keppler (sound), Karl Mansfield (Musical Director), Alex Timbers (Manufacturing Advisor), and Annie-B Parso (Choreography and Musical Staging).
David Byrne’s American Utopia will run from October 20th, 2019 by way of January 19th, 2020 on the Hudson Theatre. Previews will start October 4th. Previous to lighting up Broadway, the manufacturing will likely be staged at Boston’s Emerson Colonial Theatre for an 18-performance run from September 11th by way of September 28th.
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In an essay about bringing American Utopia to Broadway, Byrne wrote,
“Due to how theatrical the present is, others began telling me ‘this must go to Broadway.’ Why not? However what did that imply? Parked in a stupendous Broadway theater we are able to excellent the sound, the lights, the motion. I assumed to myself that this new context is perhaps good- it’d convey out the narrative arc a little bit bit extra, to make it just a bit extra specific. I requested Alex Timbers, whom I’d labored with twice earlier than on musicals, to assist. He introduced some authentic and insightful concepts to the room, concepts I used to be too near think about, and we used these to construct on what we had.”
Tickets to the Broadway reveals can be found by way of the Hudson Theatre, whereas passes to the Boston performances can be found by way of the Emerson Colonial web site. Watch a trailer for the theatrical manufacturing under.
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Throughout a latest go to to This Should Be the Gig, Byrne mentioned the genesis of his American Utopia tour and its elaborate stage design. Hear under.
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