David Byrne's spectacular American Utopia tour found a brief home on Broadway before the world turned upside down in the spring. A modified version of his tour from the previous year (which I was lucky enough to see), the shows at the Hudson Theatre added in monologues about the challenges facing our world pre-pandemic. Spike Lee filmed a few of those performances to make up David Byrne's American Utopia, which will soon air on HBO and stream on HBO MAX.
Already announced as the opening night selection of the Toronto International Film Festival - which won't have its traditional in-person premieres - we finally get our first look at the incredible live show. Unsurprisingly, it's upbeat and focused on his cover of Janelle Monae's "Hell You Talmbout," and includes a snippet of Byrne quoting James Baldwin. If you're looking for a great concert doc, "This Must Be the Place."
David Byrne's American Utopia will premiere on HBO and HBO MAX on October 17, just over a month after it premieres at TIFF. And for Canadian audiences, the film will also stream on Crave.