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Talking Heads rocker David Byrne's Broadway show ‘American Utopia' a hopeful take on troubled times

Added 10-19-19 04:13:03pm EST - “Talking Heads rocker David Byrne's Broadway show ?American Utopia' mirrors political landscape, personal growth” - Nydailynews.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nydailynews.com: “Talking Heads rocker David Byrne’s Broadway show ‘American Utopia’ a hopeful take on troubled times”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The Broadway show “American Utopia” might sound like a modern “Mr. Rogers” — a kindly gray-haired man blends curiosity and hopefulness with humor while wearing an outfit mixing formal (a suit) and homey (barefoot).

And you may ask yourself, how did David Byrne, the legendary Talking Heads frontman responsible for songs like “Psycho Killer” and “Life During Wartime,” get here?

And, he adds, “I have the freedom now to stick my neck out. I have the luxury, and the responsibility, to be more engaged.”

On his worldwide tour, Byrne occasionally talked between songs. But for Broadway, he cut some songs that didn’t fit — “Doing the Right Thing” was considered too cynical — and tossed others to allow more time to talk.

With editorial guidance from Tony-nominated director and writer Alex Timbers, Byrne says he dove into the script, and even discussed phrasing and delivery with comedian John Mulaney.

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