After being postponed by COVID, David Byrne's American Utopia returned to Broadway this fall for its second run, but more recently they've again been forced to cancel shows as the Omicron variant surges and multiple company members have tested positive. Byrne has now announced that instead of remaining shut down until the whole company is out of isolation, they are going to resume the show in modified form, starting on Tuesday, December 28 at St. James Theatre.
"Fortunately, the vaccinated band members and crew who have tested positive don't have severe symptoms and are staying home following the CDC guidelines," Byrne says. "Unfortunately, they can't come to the theatre for the next week or so, which means we've chosen to make some creative changes to enable us to put on a show. What we are doing could be called 'Unplugged,' or maybe 'Unchained.' We are adding some songs by Talking Heads as well as songs from my solo catalog, that will supplement songs already in American Utopia."