With only a month left American utopiaBroadway’s final residency, David Byrne and his cast appeared on CBS Matinees to perform three of his songs from the acclaimed show.
Perform on stage at the St. James Theater — where American utopia is booked until April 3 – Byrne and his team delivered renditions of Talking Heads’ “Burning Down the House,” as well as “Everybody’s Coming to My House” – from the show’s namesake LP in 2018 American utopia — and 1989’s “Marching Through the Wilderness,” a recent “Unchained” addition to the show’s setlist.
In addition to the three songs, Byrne also sat down with the morning show to chat American utopiaan outbreak of Omicron in the cast, his rigorous six-show-a-week schedule at the age of 69, and the unlikely actor Byrne sought advice.
“I met Hugh Jackman once, and I reached out to him because he’s the only Broadway performer I can remember who did a show where he sang every song,” Byrne said of The music man Star. “So I said, ‘Can I do this? What should I know?’ He said, “Don’t go hanging out with your friends afterwards… He also said on the days of two shows, don’t take a nap.”
Byrne added that he was unable to write new songs during the Covid-19 pandemic – “I thought, ‘I haven’t been able to process this,'” he said – and instead devoted his talents to drawing, which are now on display at Pace Gallery in New York.