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Spike Lee's David Byrne’s 'American Utopia' to be shown in US cinemas

The Spike Lee-directed concert film, David Byrne’s American Utopia, is set to appear in US cinemas for a special showing.

The concert film released back in December 2020 will be shown nationwide in the US for one night only on September 15th.

According to Deadline, the special one-off event will feature a new introductory segment by Byrne and an unseen conversation between him and Spike Lee. 

Iconic productions will be helming the project and their CMO Steve Menkin announced: “David Byrne’s American Utopia is an ecstatic and unifying celebration of music and community.”

Before adding: “Iconic Events Releasing is thrilled to bring American Utopia to movie theatres for the first time so that fans across the country can gather together to experience this must-see, must-hear musical theatre event on the big screen.”

At present, it is unclear whether any similar events are planned for the project internationally. 

The original filming of the live Broadway show was a triumph that secured it as one of the greatest concert films ever made; you can read our rundown by clicking here

The concept was based around removing all the limiting factors of usual concerts. “What if we could eliminate everything from the stage except the stuff we care about the most,” is the premise that David Byrne had in mind for his wireless and restriction-free concert film.

With the help of legendary filmmaker Spike Lee, he managed to take that innovative idea to exultant new heights. For fans, especially those who can’t make it to the renewed run of live shows, this cinematic release sees the project find its rightful big-screen home.