Beyoncé and Jay Z are bringing ‘On The Run’ to HBO


Jay Z and Beyoncé perform in the “On The Run Tour” in Cincinnati, Ohio, on June 28, 2014. (Photo by Robin Harper/Parkwood Entertainment/AP Images)

The “On The Run” trailer that Jay Z and Beyoncé released may have had us salivating for a movie that will never be made, but this will be welcome news to fans who can’t make it to one of the couple’s 21 tour dates: The “On The Run” concert, with its 40-plus songs, is coming to HBO in September.

IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR PARKWOOD ENTERTAINMENT - Beyonce performs during the On The Run tour at Rogers Centre on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 in Toronto. (Photo by Robin Harper/Invision for Parkwood Entertainment/AP Images)
Beyoncé during the “On The Run” tour in Toronto. (Photo by Robin Harper/Invision for Parkwood Entertainment/AP Images)

The special is being taped at the Stade de France in Paris on Sept. 12 and 13, the last dates of the tour and its only international stop. Paris was the setting for the couple’s steamiest collaboration yet: the video for “Partition,” parts of which were shot at the city’s famous Crazy Horse cabaret. Michael Lombardo, president of programming at HBO, made the announcement Thursday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour.

At this point, you could say the Knowles-Carters have a special relationship with HBO — which also aired Beyoncé’s “Life is But a Dream” documentary and debuted Jay’s “Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film.” Currently, it’s broadcasting clips from the “Mrs. Carter Show World Tour” in 10-episode series called “Beyoncé: X10″ that airs every Sunday right before “True Blood.”

“This is a major musical event that belongs on HBO,” Lombardo said. “It’s going to be a night to remember.”

Power couple Beyonce and Jay Z began their 21-date tour at Sun Life Stadium in Miami on Wednesday night. (Reuters)
Soraya Nadia McDonald covers arts, entertainment and culture for the Washington Post with a focus on race and gender issues.
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