MUSIC DOCUMENTARY #32
David Byrne's American Utopia (2020) MP4 + David Byrne - American Utopia  CD
In September 2019, an altered version of the concert was previewed at the Colonial Theatre in Boston. It now featured small changes to the setlist and to the structure to achieve a format closer to that of a musical stage production. It premiered on Broadway at the Hudson Theatre in previews on October 4, 2019, and officially on October 20, closing on February 16, 2020. A second run, scheduled to start in September 2020, was postponed by the COVID-19 pandemic. It was eventually moved to the St. James Theatre, where it started on September 17, 2021, and ended on April 3, 2022. A cast recording of the production titled American Utopia on Broadway was released in 2019 and received a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album nomination.
A documentary/concert film version of the Broadway production was directed by Spike Lee and released in late 2020, on HBO.
Spike Lee joins forces with David Byrne for a joyous concert movie that rocks and delights, sending you high and then higher. “David Byrne’s American Utopia” is a joyous expression of art, empathy, and compassion. It is the intersection of two artists—Spike Lee and David Byrne—who have been interrogating how we connect through art for decades. Thirty-six years ago, Byrne and the Talking Heads made one of the best concert films of all time in Jonathan Demme’s landmark “Stop Making Sense.” It feels like such a gift to get this bookend in 2020 when we often feel like we’re further apart than ever. Nothing makes sense anymore. And here comes David Byrne, a man examining connection and the individual role in community through his incredible music, staging it in a way that reminds us that human expression is our most valuable commodity. Director Spike Lee works right alongside Byrne, bringing viewers into the show with his incredible directing, putting us right on stage with these talented artists, and transcending a mere recording of a live event. Byrne and Lee’s utopias aren't far apart—places where we see one another honestly and truly. Wikipedia)
American Utopia is the tenth studio album by Scottish American rock musician David Byrne, released on March 9, 2018, through Todo Mundo and Nonesuch Records. The release is his first true solo studio album since 2004's Grown Backwards and serves as a musical component of a larger multimedia project titled Reasons to Be Cheerful, which attempts to spread positivity. Byrne announced the album and posted its lead single, "Everybody's Coming to My House", online on January 8, 2018. The album received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Alternative Music Album.