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American Utopia on Broadway (Original Cast Recording)

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  • The Spike Lee–directed film of David Byrne’s American Utopia debuts on HBO and HBO Max this Saturday, October 17, at 8pm ET/PT. The film gives audiences access to Byrne’s critically-acclaimed Broadway show that played to sold-out, record-breaking audiences at Broadway’s Hudson Theatre in NYC. Make the special event even more so by hosting a Ballot Party for you and your family and friends to make your plan to vote; for further inspiration, we've put together a Ballot Party playlist of songs from and inspired by the American Utopia original cast album you can hear here.

  • Ahead of the premiere of Spike Lee's filmed version of David Byrne’s American Utopia on HBO this Saturday comes news that the show will return to the live stage on Broadway in the fall of 2021 at a theater to be announced. Performances will be begin on Friday, September 17, 2021. Tickets are on sale now. "We all need things to look forward to at this time," says Byrne. "I can't wait to get back on stage, live, in person with my fellow band members to perform for audiences in person. I realize now, more than ever, how much I miss performing this show with the band in front of a live Broadway audience."

  • About This Album

    Nonesuch releases the cast album for the current critically acclaimed Broadway production of David Byrne’s American Utopia, with music and lyrics by David Byrne; it is available digitally now. The two-CD version was released on November 15; the vinyl edition is due December 27.

    "Dazzling, rapturous and jubilant," exclaims the New York Times of the show. "Byrne puts the central tenet of making contact with a world outside your mind into dynamic, sensory practice onstage."

    "Astonishing," raves Hollywood Reporter. "A knockout celebration of music, dance and song. Pure bliss."

    "A heady swirl of hope for our anxious times," says Rolling Stone. "The concert-theater-dance spectacle finds solace in human connections … a tonic for our tumultuous times..."

    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 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. The British publication NME said it “may just be the best live show of all time,” and it was named Best International Contemporary Concert at Australia’s 2019 Helpmann Awards.

    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.

    Fresh off an acclaimed pre-Broadway engagement at Boston’s Emerson Colonial Theatre, David Byrne’s American Utopia began performances on October 4 at the intimate Hudson Theatre on Broadway and celebrated opening night on Sunday, October 20.

    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 theater. David Byrne 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).

    In addition to American Utopia on Broadway, the label has released eight other David Byrne records since 2003, including 2018’s American Utopia studio album and two versions of his musical Here Lies Love.

    Credits

    MUSICIANS
    David Byrne, vocal (1–21), guitar (5, 12, 16, 17, 20), drums (18)
    Tendayi Kuumba, vocal (1–21), drums (18)
    Chris Giarmo, vocal (1–21), drums (18), melodica (20)
    Angie Swan, guitar (1–10, 12–17, 20, 21), vocal (3, 6, 8–13, 15, 17–21), drums (18)
    Mauro Refosco, drums (1, 3–18, 19–21), vocal (19)
    Gustavo Di Dalva, drums (1, 5–18, 20, 21)
    Davi Vieira, drums (1, 3, 5–9, 11–18, 20, 21)
    Bobby Wooten III, bass (2–18, 20, 21), vocal (3, 6, 8–10, 12, 15, 17–21), drums (18)
    Karl Mansfield, keyboards (2–17, 20, 21), drums (18), vocal (18, 19)
    Tim Keiper, drums (2¬–18, 20, 21), vocal (19)
    Stéphane San Juan, drums (3–18, 20, 21), vocal (19)
    Daniel Freedman, drums (3–18, 20, 21), vocal (19)
    Jacquele Acevedo, drums (10), vocal (19)

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    Produced by David Byrne
    Recorded and mixed by Pete Keppler
    Additional engineering by Jamie Nelson and John Chadwick
    Mastered by Greg Calbi, Sterling Sound

    Cover Photo by Bryan Derballa
    Inner Photo by Catalina Kulczar
    Booklet Photos by Matthew Murphy
    Layout by Christine Im based on key art by SpotCo

    Track 1 written by David Byrne and Daniel Lopatin; 2, 10, 20 by David Byrne; 3 by David Byrne, Darren Rock, and Ashley Beedle; 4, 6, 9, 16, 17 by David Byrne, Tina Weymouth, Chris Frantz, and Jerry Harrison; 5, 8, 13–15, 19 by David Byrne and Brian Eno; 7 by David Byrne and Anne Clark; 11 by David Byrne and Norman Cook; 12, 21 by David Byrne, Tina Weymouth, Chris Frantz, Jerry Harrison, and Brian Eno; 18 by Janelle Monae, Roman GianArthur, George 2.0, St. Beauty, and Deep Cotton

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on October 7, 2019 - 5:47pm
Release Date: 
Monday, October 21, 2019 (All day)
DescriptionExcerpt: 

The cast album for the critically acclaimed Broadway production of David Byrne’s American Utopia includes songs from his 2018 album, American Utopia, along with music from Talking Heads and Byrne’s solo career. Byrne shares the spotlight with a diverse ensemble of eleven musical artists from around the globe for an event that delivers "an experience unlike anything else," says Billboard. "Dazzling, rapturous and jubilant," exclaims the New York Times. "Astonishing," raves Hollywood Reporter. "A knockout celebration of music, dance and song. Pure bliss." Rolling Stone calls it "a tonic for our tumultuous times."

Description: 

Nonesuch releases the cast album for the current critically acclaimed Broadway production of David Byrne’s American Utopia, with music and lyrics by David Byrne; it is available digitally now. The two-CD version was released on November 15; the vinyl edition is due December 27.

"Dazzling, rapturous and jubilant," exclaims the New York Times of the show. "Byrne puts the central tenet of making contact with a world outside your mind into dynamic, sensory practice onstage."

"Astonishing," raves Hollywood Reporter. "A knockout celebration of music, dance and song. Pure bliss."

"A heady swirl of hope for our anxious times," says Rolling Stone. "The concert-theater-dance spectacle finds solace in human connections … a tonic for our tumultuous times..."

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 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. The British publication NME said it “may just be the best live show of all time,” and it was named Best International Contemporary Concert at Australia’s 2019 Helpmann Awards.

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.

Fresh off an acclaimed pre-Broadway engagement at Boston’s Emerson Colonial Theatre, David Byrne’s American Utopia began performances on October 4 at the intimate Hudson Theatre on Broadway and celebrated opening night on Sunday, October 20.

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 theater. David Byrne 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).

In addition to American Utopia on Broadway, the label has released eight other David Byrne records since 2003, including 2018’s American Utopia studio album and two versions of his musical Here Lies Love.

ProductionCredits: 

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Produced by David Byrne
Recorded and mixed by Pete Keppler
Additional engineering by Jamie Nelson and John Chadwick
Mastered by Greg Calbi, Sterling Sound

Cover Photo by Bryan Derballa
Inner Photo by Catalina Kulczar
Booklet Photos by Matthew Murphy
Layout by Christine Im based on key art by SpotCo

Track 1 written by David Byrne and Daniel Lopatin; 2, 10, 20 by David Byrne; 3 by David Byrne, Darren Rock, and Ashley Beedle; 4, 6, 9, 16, 17 by David Byrne, Tina Weymouth, Chris Frantz, and Jerry Harrison; 5, 8, 13–15, 19 by David Byrne and Brian Eno; 7 by David Byrne and Anne Clark; 11 by David Byrne and Norman Cook; 12, 21 by David Byrne, Tina Weymouth, Chris Frantz, Jerry Harrison, and Brian Eno; 18 by Janelle Monae, Roman GianArthur, George 2.0, St. Beauty, and Deep Cotton

Cover Art: 
Nonesuch Selection Number: 

604600

ns_album_releasedate: 
Monday, October 7, 2019 - 16:15
Album Status: 
UPC/Price: 
Label: 
MP3
UPC: 
075597922998
Price: 
12.00
Label: 
FLAC
UPC: 
075597922981
Price: 
13.00
Label: 
CD+MP3
UPC: 
075597922967
Price: 
19.00
Label: 
LP+MP3
UPC: 
075597922936
Price: 
21.00
Artist Name: 
David Byrne
MusicianDetails: 

MUSICIANS
David Byrne, vocal (1–21), guitar (5, 12, 16, 17, 20), drums (18)
Tendayi Kuumba, vocal (1–21), drums (18)
Chris Giarmo, vocal (1–21), drums (18), melodica (20)
Angie Swan, guitar (1–10, 12–17, 20, 21), vocal (3, 6, 8–13, 15, 17–21), drums (18)
Mauro Refosco, drums (1, 3–18, 19–21), vocal (19)
Gustavo Di Dalva, drums (1, 5–18, 20, 21)
Davi Vieira, drums (1, 3, 5–9, 11–18, 20, 21)
Bobby Wooten III, bass (2–18, 20, 21), vocal (3, 6, 8–10, 12, 15, 17–21), drums (18)
Karl Mansfield, keyboards (2–17, 20, 21), drums (18), vocal (18, 19)
Tim Keiper, drums (2¬–18, 20, 21), vocal (19)
Stéphane San Juan, drums (3–18, 20, 21), vocal (19)
Daniel Freedman, drums (3–18, 20, 21), vocal (19)
Jacquele Acevedo, drums (10), vocal (19)

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