Closing soon on Broadway, “Ameican Utopia” is David Byrne’s theatrical concert in the tradition of the Talking Heads’ “Stop Making Sense”. It features songs from Byrne’s 2018 album of the same name mixed in with Talking Heads classics such as “Once in a Lifetime”, “Road to Nowhere” and “This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)”.
The overall theme of the show is optimistic about America and its future, with Byrne telling Rolling Stone magazine “the amount of change that there has been is kind of astonishing if you can remember where things were a few decades ago. So the fact that there is evidence of that happening is pretty hopeful.”
It’s just been announced that Spike Lee will be filming the show for later theatrical release. Unfortunately, Jonathan Demme who made “Stop Making Sense” died two years ago; otherwise, it would have been a great bookend to both his and Byrne’s career.
Here’s a fan-taken video of the Talking Heads classic “Burning Down the House”. Because you know, we all just want the Talking Heads to perform again, or at least have David Byrne sing those songs again.