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David Byrne’s American Utopia brings the Talking Heads frontman’s critically acclaimed Broadway show to HBO in a one-of-a-kind film directed by Oscar and Emmy-winner Spike Lee. Recorded during its late 2019 to early 2020 run at Broadway’s Hudson Theatre in New York City, Byrne is joined by an ensemble of 11 musicians, singers, and dancers from around the globe, inviting audiences into a joyous dreamworld where human connection, self-evolution, and social justice are paramount.

The special includes performances of songs from Byrne’s 2018 solo album of the same name, in addition to popular Talking Heads favorites such as “Once in a Lifetime” and “Burning Down the House.” The musical numbers accompanied with brief monologues allows Byrne to address various sociopolitical topics from police brutality, immigration, climate change, to the critical upcoming election.

David Byrne’s American Utopia is an HBO Special Event in partnership with Participant, River Road Entertainment and Warner Music Entertainment. It is produced by David Byrne’s Todomundo and Lee’s Forty Acres and a Mule Filmworks production companies and executive produced by RadicalMedia.

In Conversation with David Byrne and Spike Lee

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Creating American Utopia Together

David Byrne and Spike Lee offer a first-hand look at their collaborative friendship and how they came together to make American Utopia in their unique vision.

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Culture Closeup

As part of the Culture Closeup series, Spike Lee and David Byrne muse over the state of sociopolitical issues in the U.S. and the importance of increasing civic engagement.

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The Evolution of American Utopia

David Byrne and Spike Lee dive deeper into the creative process and journey of taking American Utopia from stage and screen.

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David Byrne and Spike Lee on 1980s New York City

The two artists take it back to the ‘80s to discuss their early experiences in NYC and how the city has changed since they began their careers.

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