David Byrne's 'American Utopia' to Be Adapted For Book

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David Byrne performs during the opening night of "David Byrne's American Utopia" at Hudson Theatre on Oct. 20, 2019 in New York City.

David Byrne is adapting his stage play American Utopia for the printed page. The former Talking Heads frontman is collaborating with the author and illustrator Maira Kalman, who worked on the Broadway show. The book, also called American Utopia, will be published Sept. 8 by Bloomsbury.

“Here is the hope and joy that I believe emanates from this show turned into something you can hold in your hand,” Byrne said in a statement Monday (March 23). Kalman said in a statement that the book was “a reminder to sing, dance, and waste not a moment.” Byrne’s show also is scheduled to return to Broadway in September. Spike Lee is working on a documentary.