David Byrne's American Utopia | 2020

Directed by: Spike Lee

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Main Plot

Spike Lee documents the former Talking Heads frontman's brilliant, timely 2019 Broadway show, based on his recent album and tour of the same name.


  • David Byrne's character serves as the narrator and main performer, guiding the audience through a musical journey of introspection and optimism.
  • Jacqueline Acevedo plays a percussionist in the band, adding rhythm and energy to the performance of American Utopia.
  • Gustavo Di Dalva plays percussion in David Byrne's American Utopia, contributing to the rhythmic and energetic performances.


In the closing moments of David Byrne's American Utopia directed by Spike Lee, the performers gather on stage for a powerful rendition of Janelle Monáe's "Hell You Talmbout." The song calls attention to the names of African Americans who have lost their lives due to racial violence, highlighting the ongoing fight for justice and equality. The show concludes with an uplifting message of unity and hope, leaving the audience inspired and motivated to make a difference in the world.

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