David Byrne and the cast of American Utopia popped into The Late Show studios November 1 for a performance from the Broadway show, now playing a return engagement at the St. James Theatre through March 6, 2022.
The ensemble performed "I Zimbra," which Byrne explained uses nonsense lyrics from the Dada poet Hugo Ball. Watch the video above.
Be sure to also check out the interview clip, below, where Byrne shares some of his punny pandemic-influenced artwork and teaches host Stephen Colbert a few new dance moves.
With musical staging and choreography by Annie-B Parson, the show features lighting design by Rob Sinclair, sound design by Pete Keppler, and musical direction by Karl Mansfield and Mauro Refosco. Alex Timbers (Moulin Rouge!) serves as production consultant.
The company of American Utopia includes Jacquelene Acevedo, Gustavo Di Dalva, Daniel Freedman, Chris Giarmo, Tim Keiper, Tendayi Kuumba, Karl Mansfield, Mauro Refosco, Stéphane San Juan, Angie Swan, and Bobby Wooten III. The company standbys are Renée Albulario, Alena Ciera, Chris Eddleton, Evan Frierson, Abe Nouri, and Natalie Tenenbaum.