‘David Byrne’s American Utopia’: Spike Lee’s film is heading to US cinemas
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The event will also feature a special introduction from Byrne

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David Byrne in ‘American Utopia’. Credit: BFI / Press

David Byrne’s American Utopia is coming to US cinemas for a special one-off showing.

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The acclaimed concert film, from director Spike Lee, is coming to cinemas in the US nationwide for a special one night showing on September 15.

The event will also feature a new introduction from Byrne and will also show a never-before-seen conversation between Byrne and Lee, according to Deadline. 


American Utopia is a concert film documenting Byrne’s Broadway show of the same name.

In a five star review of the film, NME said: “It’s hard to pick a highlight but we defy anyone to stay still during a soaring performance of ‘Lazy’ (Byrne’s 2002 collaboration with electro duo X-Press 2). In addition, Janelle Monáe’s 2015 protest song ‘Hell You Talmbout’ gets an urgent workout while images of black lives lost to US police brutality appear on screen.

“It’s a rare concert film that packs in brilliant music, incredible visuals, a vital political message and jokes – but this is one of them. Don’t miss it.”

Meanwhile, Byrne’s ‘American Utopia’ stage show has been confirmed for a re-run on Broadway in 2021 after an initial 17-week return schedule was postponed last year due to the coronavirus crisis.


The show, which is based on Byrne’s 2018 album of the same name, will this time see a longer, six-month run in New York City’s theatre district, moving from The Hudson to the larger St. James Theatre on 44th street.

The Talking Heads frontman and solo artist is joined by an 11-piece mobile ensemble playing songs from ‘American Utopia’ as well as other tracks from his solo catalog and Talking Heads material.

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