American Utopia on Broadway (Original Cast Recording Live)

David Byrne

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Nonesuch releases the cast album for the critically acclaimed Broadway production of David Byrne’s American Utopia, with music and lyrics by Byrne. The former Talking Heads mastermind 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).

Featuring 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.

“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.” “Gorgeously designed, deliciously fun,” says the New Yorker, “backed by a rangy, versatile, exuberant band…Most important, the songs sound great.” “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 No. 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.

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Track Listings


  1. Here (Live)
  2. I Know Sometimes a Man Is Wrong / Don't Worry About the Government (Live)
  3. Lazy (Live)
  4. This Must Be the Place (Naïve Melody) [Live]
  5. I Zimbra (Live)
  6. Slippery People (Live)
  7. I Should Watch TV (Live)
  8. Everybody's Coming to My House (Live)
  9. Once in a Lifetime (Live)
  10. Glass, Concrete & Stone (Live)



  1. Toe Jam (Live)
  2. Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On) [Live]
  3. I Dance like This (Live)
  4. Bullet (Live)
  5. Every Day Is a Miracle (Live)
  6. Blind (Live)
  7. Burning Down the House (Live)
  8. Hell You Talmbout (Live)
  9. One Fine Day (Live)
  10. Road to Nowhere (Live)

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