David Byrne honoured with Special Tony Award for ‘American Utopia’

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During the ceremony, Byrne also performed Talking Heads’ “Burning Down the House”

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David Byrne is honored for his Broadway production at this year’s 74th Annual Tony Awards at the Winter Garden Theater in New York City. American Utopia.

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The former Talking Heads bandleader was presented with a special Tony Award for a production based on their 2018 album of the same name, which was also adapted into a concert film directed by Spike Lee, released late last year. it was done. HBO.

Byrne also performed the Talking Heads’ 1982 ‘Speaking in Tongues’ favorite ‘Burning Down the House’ during the awards ceremony. Watch it below:


American Utopia It began its Broadway run at the Hudson Theater in October of 2019 before closing in February last year. The unique concert made use of state-of-the-art technology to free its dozens of performers from being tied to any cables, allowing Byron and his live band members to take the stage unhindered.

In addition to the songs of the same name, the performance also featured classics from Byrne’s entire career, including “This Must Be the Place” by Talking Heads, “Once in a Lifetime”, “Born Under Punch” and “Road to Nowhere”. ‘ was included. . It also featured a cover of Janelle Monáe’s Hell You Talmabout.

Granthshala Last January gave the production a five-star review, calling it a “shocking live show” that, like the original tour behind the solo album of the same name, “continues to be an irreverent musical experience”.

Earlier this month, American Utopia After being transferred to the St. James Theatre, he returned to the stage for a six-month run.

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