‘American Utopia’: David Byrne’s Coming To My House, Via HBO

by Glen Weldon, Chris Klimek, and Soraya Nadia McDonald

David Byrne and Spike Lee. Two artists with very defined, very distinct, and yet very different, sensibilities — but when you put them together, it works. The theatrical concert film David Byrne’s American Utopia, now streaming on HBO Max, is a career-spanning celebration of Byrne’s music, both with Talking Heads and his solo work. Director Spike Lee shoots the stage of Broadway’s Hudson Theater from a host of angles to capture the exuberant, rollicking — yet rigorously choreographed energy — of Byrne and his fellow barefoot, silver-gray-suited performers.

The audio was produced by Mike Katzif and edited by Jessica Reedy.