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David Byrne reworks Broadway's 'American Utopia' instead of canceling for COVID

David Byrne is reworking "American Utopia" instead of shutting the Broadway show down due to COVID-19 cases among the cast and crew. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
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Dec. 28 (UPI) -- Singer-songwriter David Byrne has announced he is reworking his Broadway show, American Utopia, instead of outright canceling performances because of breakthrough cases of COVID-19.

Numerous Broadway shows, including The Lion King, The Music Man and Moulin Rouge have temporarily closed or go on with understudies due to positive tests among their casts and crews.

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Several members of Byrne's band for American Utopia are also out sick, but Byrne said, starting Tuesday, he and the show's remaining musicians will play a few songs from the show as well as tracks from his days in the Talking Heads new wave band and his own solo albums.

"LIFE DURING CHRISTMASTIME: @davidbyrneofficial offers American Utopia fans a surprise with all-new set list including some beloved old favorites. THIS WEEK ONLY. DAVID BYRNE'S AMERICAN UTOPIA: UNCHAINED. TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW," Byrne posted on the show's Instagram account Monday.

In a video, he described this moment as an opportunity to create something special and honor his commitment to audiences by making what he described as "lemonade from COVID lemons."

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