Here’s a quick Broadway News Wrap Up from the past week:
David Byrne Considers American Utopia for Broadway
In a new interview with The Guardian, former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne revealed that there is interest from both Broadway and London’s West End for a stage production of his American Utopia album. He is currently on tour with the album in a critically acclaimed live show, incorporating 12 musicians who all play “untethered” without amps, cables, or risers. Byrne is no stranger to the theatre, having composed Here Lies Love and Joan of Arc, both of which premiered at the Public Theater. One of pop music’s true visionaries, Byrne has released six solo albums, collaborated with Eno, St Vincent, Arcade Fire, Fat Boy Slim, De La Soul and more; won an Oscar; founded the Luaka Bop label; turned a ferry terminal into a musical instrument, designed bike racks, and published 2012 book How Music Works. More details here.
Destiny’s Child Member Michelle Williams to Join Once On This Island
Grammy Award-winning Destiny’s Child singer Michelle T. Williams will return to Broadway beginning November 30 in the Tony-winning revival of Once On This Island at Circle in the Square Theatre. Williams made her Broadway debut in the title role of Aida. She went on to appear in The Color Purple, where she portrayed blues singer Shug Avery, starred as Roxie Hart in the Broadway and West End productions of Chicago, the play What My Husband Doesn’t Know, a national tour of the musical Fela! in 2013, and a 2016 production of Aida at The Muny. Once On This Island is the winner of the 2018 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical. More details here.
American Son Partners with Opportunity Agenda
The producers of American Son on Broadway, in an effort led by cast member Kerry Washington, have announced a partnership with The Opportunity Agenda, a social justice communication lab. The organization will offer two unique community discussion events with the creative team behind the play, after performances on November 27 and January 10 at the Booth Theatre. The discussions will stem from the subject matter of the new drama that examines race relations in America. Educational and engagement materials will also be provided at the theatre and online for all audiences. Facilitated by Dramaturg Jocelyn Prince, the discussions will feature Alicia Garza, co-founder of Black Lives Matter, Vincent Warren, Executive Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights, and Juan Cartagena, President and General Counsel of Latino Justice, among others. More details here.