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American Utopia on Broadway (Original Cast Recording Live)

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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 David Byrne. The two-CD version will be released on November 22 and is available to pre-order in the Nonesuch Store; a vinyl edition will be available this winter. The cast recording track list is below.

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.”

Byrne performs a song from David Byrne’s American Utopia on Jimmy Kimmel Live! during a special broadcast from the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) tonight, October 22. Additionally, Byrne and the Broadway ensemble will be musical guests on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on November 19.

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.

Track listing



  1. Here
  2. I Know Sometimes a Man Is Wrong / Don’t Worry about the Government
  3. Lazy
  4. This Must Be the Place (Naïve Melody)
  5. I Zimbra
  6. Slippery People
  7. I Should Watch TV
  8. Everybody’s Coming to My House
  9. Once in a Lifetime
  10. Glass, Concrete & Stone
  11. Toe Jam
  12. Born under Punches (The Heat Goes On)
  13. I Dance Like This
  14. Bullet
  15. Every Day Is a Miracle
  16. Blind
  17. Burning Down the House
  18. Hell You Talmbout
  19. One Fine Day
  20. Road to Nowhere