Have you seen the first backstage footage from The Man in the Moon?

Man in the Moon is just a few short weeks away, and yet only a few bits and pieces of information about the event itself have been revealed. In fact, until today only the storytellers at the American Dream Labs working on the show and a few select members of Glenn Beck’s staff have seen any of the production elements from the event. Earlier today, Glenn decided to publicly release a trailer for the event put together exclusively for a small number of movers and shakers in the film, technology, and entertainment industries that were personally invited to attend Man in the Moon.

For the past year, Glenn has been working alongside a small team in Salt Lake City led by Ben McPherson, who has been leading the creative production The Man in the Moon. The team has pioneered several new methods of stage production in order to tell their story, including projecting video onto a three-dimensional surface. The testing of this technique can be glimpsed in the trailer when the face of the moon is seen on a large white balloon while other video elements are projected on a flat screen behind the moon itself. The balloon seen in the trailer is roughly 20% the size of the balloon that will represent the moon during the actual performance.

It has been difficult for The American Dream Labs team to find a rehearsal venue for the show due to the sheer size of the production elements. The Salt Palace, a 10,000 seat arena was considered for a short time, but they team ultimately decided to rehearse with the smaller scale pieces as a cost saving measure.

“No one has seen the staging yet and what you will see in the video is only a fraction of what will be seen at any given time. The stage itself has been completely redesigned and plays a role as does the entire venue when the show officially launches,” Glenn explained.

The trailer hints at some of the dazzling special effects, but Glenn has always emphasized the importance of the story itself over empty spectacle.

“Mercury Radio Arts and the American Dream Labs and TheBlaze boil down to one thing: We’re storytellers. Be it news or fiction-based-in-fact, television, film, Internet, TV or radio,” Glenn said, “I have built a company that is uniquely equipped to use the hard facts and the truths that helped build this country and tell the story of what man has done and what they can yet do to become a beacon of light and hope for all the world to see.”

Some have been confused by Glenn’s moves into entertainment and culture, as they are not the traditional spaces occupied by political commentators. But Glenn has always maintained that he is not only interested in simply commenting on the news of the day, but also on spreading a message about hope, inspiration, and the power of good that exists in mankind. From D.C. to Israel to Dallas, TX, his summer events have always aimed to empower ordinary Americans to stand up and reach their full potential and by extension restore America as a beacon of freedom and greatness to people all over the world.

“The ballot box is the last stop. The first stop is the culture and teaching it to our kids and getting them to understand the story. If you get them to understand the story then their whole life will be set. My job as I see it is to tell the story in such a way that it just sears it on their heart,” Glenn said in an interview about Man in the Moon.

Glenn has always seen himself as a storyteller above all else. His first real professional attempt was The Christmas Sweater stage show in 2008, where he toured the country acting out the story of the novel in a one-man show. But he has always had the gift of storytelling, and it’s one of the reasons he has had such unique cross-platform success. Glenn says he inherited the gift from his grandfather.

“Most of my life I didn’t know what my gift was, and I certainly didn’t see a purpose behind it if I did,” Glenn said. “This one I truly love. It is the gift of storyteller. And I got it from my grandfather. Heaven to me, heaven to me will be able to be to sit with my grandfather under a tree with my family and just remember, to study and watch, watch him weave the stories of life for all those to hear and maybe even a few that will really even listen.”

The story behind Man in the Moon is still mostly shrouded in mystery. Recent promos on TheBlaze have shown some pieces that didn’t make the cut – most notably the “current wars” between Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla. But the trailer shows that the story will span thousands of years, with Biblical stories like Noah’s Ark and the Tower of Babel playing an important role, as well as key moments in American history like Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. Glenn has also said that World War 2 would play an important role in the story, and production staff were known to be working with actual planes from that era as part of the early planning for the show.

Whatever happens on July 6th, there is no doubt that Glenn and his team will once again put together an experience unlike anything that has been done before on stage.

On Wednesday, Glenn travels to the American Dream Labs in Salt Lake City to begin final tweaks on film, score and visual effects, and will also work with the stage performers and acrobats who are part of the show. He will then head to Flying by Foy in Las Vegas, the rehearsal space of Cirque du Soleil, where they have been developing and rehearsing never before seen fly by wire segments.

Glenn said that for weeks the Man in the Moon creative team literally thought he was kidding about the acrobatic portion of the show. When they discovered that he was serious the team spent several frustrating weeks trying to wrap their arms around how to not only create the vision but how to reduce the physical stress the performers bodies would need to endure for an incredibly challenging eight minute segment. Glenn will be seeing the final wire rehearsal in Vegas to approve the effects and scene before it is broken down and sent to join all of the other pieces of Man in the Moon to be constructed next weekend at the venue for five days of overnight rehearsals the week of July 4th.

Stay tuned to TheBlaze and GlennBeck.com in the weeks ahead for more on The Man in the Moon.

  • landofaahs

    No and I don’t care…anymore than a man in the moon.

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  • Anonymous

    Finally art that normal people can relate to on a deeper level!

  • Anonymous

    Finally art that normal people can relate to on a deeper level!  It’s going to be great..

  • Sir_Templar

    This is an excellent premises for a story.  My admiration for Glenn grows more everyday for his ability to bring complexity to a child’s level to provoke questions that require complex answers.  Kudos, we have to win back our youth and young people.

  • Sir_Templar

    Might I add, Glenn you provoke thought both backwards, forwards in history in order to understand where we are at today.  Original, creative, definitely out of the box and the Galt’s Gulch of our time.  I hope one I hope to be a part of “American Dream Labs”.  We need to dream about getting the train back on the tracks.  As an IT professional and techno geek, my dream is do be a part of the vision.  

    There are many of us who have gathered hundreds, thousands of supporting documents supporting what has been said on your show.  I hope you can bring your museum online, along with these collections of documents for the world to see.  It tells a frightening tale of rags to richs to power to a delusional concept that one is a God and it has repeated through history.    

  • Pamela Peltonen

    Where does woman fit in? Do we fit in to man’s story?

  • Anonymous

    Glenn is a dreamer, a thinker, and a creator of unique things.  The left will never understand people like him (and us) because they see the world as evolutionists.  We humans are not all the same – like BRICKS.  We are all unique – like STONES.  This world they (the left) are building is going to be UNBEARABLE for people like us,  who have creativity and thinking ability. I will be there at the Man In The Moon show.  How could I miss it, with as name like mine. (David Mundy).

  • Anonymous

    I can’t wait for this! 

  • Anonymous

    Creative artists are generally left of center.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Robert-LaRochelle/1606868229 Robert LaRochelle

    Will it ever be brought to video for those who cannot see it on stage?

  • Anonymous

    Another profound example of multimedia and artistry to offer perspective, thought provoking  and critical thinking into man, his capabilities, frustrations, failures,  perserverance, belief, and living with faith and hope. This is what I perceived from the trailer.  It cannot fail to promote an understanding of these insites.  Good on the team for this work.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nickd2448 Nick Duncum

    Could someone please tell me the name of the song playing in the video?

  • Anonymous

    Wow!  I so wish it weren’t sold out!  I would love to go.

  • http://www.facebook.com/shaun.gearty Shaun Gearty

    Song is Bella Luna by Kalai……..not yet released

  • Anonymous

    I hope that eventually this will be available on DVD, so those of us who can’t go will be able to at least experience some of it.  Good job , Glenn ….my prayers are with you.

  • http://andjustice4all.org Marian Scirrotto

     All the music is from the Man in the Moon and I’m sure a soundtrack will be available after the event.
    Hopefully, It will be on DVD and the soundtrack, both, can be purchased soon after 

  • Anonymous

    Speaking of telling stories … whatever happened to Beck’s promise from a couple of weeks ago (June 12) that within 24 hours (or perhaps 10 days) he would be revealing something that would potentially bring down both the Democrats and Republicans, divide the nation, and make things happen that had never before been seen in American history? Anyone seen any follow-up on that?  …… 

  • Pamela Peltonen

    Great Glenn, but where are the women?

  • http://www.facebook.com/pamela.militello Pamela Militello

    Get over it, I’m so tired of hearing women this and women that. Can’t you just enjoy what Glenn has created and not make a big issue of where are the women. I’m a woman and I’m tired of hearing about all these separate groups. Just enjoy it like the rest of us will, male or female, white or black, gay or straight!

  • http://www.GOOOH.com David Osborne

    Looks to be an incredible show !

  • Anonymous

    I wish so much that I could attend.  Glenn, you have inspired me to stand up for what I believe in and not to remain silent.  When I do, my  liberal family and friends generally resort to foul language and demand proof to back up what I say.  I can usually depend on your website to get that information. After that, they back down and change the subject.  I feel it is my small duty to alert people to what is going on in this country and to warn them of it’s destruction.   I watch you on the Blaze EVERY morning.  Thank you so much for what you do.  The trailer of Man In The Moon looks awesome.  I’ll definately be watching the whole thing when you post it on The Blaze website.  I have to go now….I’m ordering the soundtrack.  Thank you for all you do!

  • Pamela Peltonen

    It was just a question, no need to take offense. There was a purpose for my question, but thanks for slapping me down into silence where I belong.

  • Pamela Peltonen

    I thought a lot about what you said, and you’re right. I sincerely apologize and thank you for kicking me back on track.

  • Anonymous

    Mr.Beck I enjoy listening to your show. I think Man in the moon will be a great performance! Can’t be there but wish I could. Keep doing what you do.  .

  • Stephan Bruno

    This is Mormon bullshit.

  • Anonymous

    Looks interesting

  • Anonymous

    I drove all night to and from Restoring Honor so my kids could be on the mall.  I drove all night to and from Restoring Love so my kids could volunteer.  I am a single mom of two adopted children who lives in Indiana. I cannot afford to go to The Man in the Moon but my children and I will spend an hour a day in the Adoration Chapel at our Catholic Church on our knees praying for you, Glenn, and God’s message to be received.  Stay safe, stay armed.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1381334859 Becky Atwood

    If you had really been listening…..you would know what he is back from….your a stupid  dope….How do you know  He  was not there?   He   Everyone”s God    We are all his childrenYour just dumb as I rock….get a jobey  joblllll:)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1381334859 Becky Atwood

    Glenn Beck…..The truth loves here…too yes u may access my profile……  opps, I did mean  lives here  but I kinda like this one too……

  • Anonymous

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1381334859 Becky Atwood

    Thank-you so much,  Brother and Sister Beck…:)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1381334859 Becky Atwood

    Your a   “Dork”……:)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1381334859 Becky Atwood

    This is the most beautiful  rendition  of our National  Athem  I have ever witinessed….Thank-you  Brother and Sister Beck

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1381334859 Becky Atwood

    I hope  he takes this show  on the road  so young  people of all ages  can see it live…I am so glad We did not miss it…Thank you  Paul and Karen,,,…:)