RECAP & PHOTOS: The story of the Man in the Moon

“You have tremendous potential. Potential for joy or hate. Light or dark. Life or death. But in the end you choose. What a gift. What a joy to witness. All of your wildest hopes and dreams and desires. All of the things you feel are impossible are in reality too small for your potential. Bright journies and powerful dreams are about to dawn, but so are man’s oldest nightmares. It will be your choice.” – The Man in the Moon

On Saturday July 6th, Glenn Beck debuted his new Man in the Moon event to a sold out audience of over 16,000 people at USANA Amphitheater outside Salt Lake City, Utah. The event used a mix of film, music, dance, fireworks and spoken word, to create an immersive storytelling experience unlike anything that had ever been seen before at this scale.

The week leading up to the event was plagued with pretty much the worse luck possible for an event like this. On the night of the first dress rehearsal, the computers crashed and the crew was only able to do a video run through. The next night things went much more smoothly, until a transformer blew and the stadium lost power with only five minutes left in the show. Storms plagued the next few nights, leaving the premiere of the show as the first time anyone, including Glenn, had ever seen the show.

And, keeping in line with the luck of the rest of the week, the hours leading up to the event were punctuated by rain.

At one point, Glenn said they may have to not use some of the projectors that were set up for the show because if they were damaged the cost would be close $600,000. But thirty minutes before show time, despite weather continuing to not cooperate, Glenn said they were going to go on with the show as planned, projectors and all.

But the Glenn Beck audience persevered, and in the end was rewarded with an amazing show unlike anything that had ever been seen before.

The Man in the Moon, more than anything, was something that needed to be experienced in person in order to truly understand the story. The show was designed to tell the story of America, freedom, and man’s struggle between light and dark from the beginning of time until today.

The show kicked off with Glenn on stage, welcoming the crowd and talking about the importance of entertainment and culture in the movement to celebrate man’s freedom.

“It’s not our politics that have failed us,” Glenn said.

We must know and understand history in order to learn from our mistakes and move forward, and that is exactly what Man in the Moon and the Independence Week festivities sought to instill.

Glenn then pulled out an old book, the story of the Man in the Moon. Taking the book and entering a control capsule beneath the Moon, Glenn began to tell the story of America and man’s freedom, from the dawn of time through the stories of the Bible to the Renaissance, the Pilgrims, and World War 2.

But at World War 2, after the second atomic bomb dropped onto the stage and fireworks exploded, Glenn came out and told the audience while the old book he found may have ended with the bomb that the end of our story is not yet written.

After a dramatic recounting of man’s race to the moon, an old and fragile Man in the Moon explained that he could not tell us how our story ends, for he is not the author – we are.

“You have tremendous potential. Potential for joy or hate. Light or dark. Life or death. But in the end you choose. What a gift. What a joy to witness. All of your wildest hopes and dreams and desires. All of the things you feel are impossible are in reality too small for your potential. Bright journies and powerful dreams are about to dawn, but so are man’s oldest nightmares. It will be your choice,” The Man in the Moon told the audience.

But there is hope. “On the morrow the sun shall return,” the Man in the Moon said. And with that, an incredible fireworks display began.

Below are photos from the event:

Flying performers hang in front of the giant moon

The moon is illuminated in blue

The story of Noah’s Ark

Dancers perform during the Noah’s Ark flood scene

The Tower of Babel recreated from the moon’s perspective

The atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki

  • Anonymous

    God does provide the world with incredible gifts – people included – we only need to stop for a moment with an open heart and mind to see it!

  • Anonymous

    Listened and loved the story about the Man in the Moon.  God is blessing you in many ways.  Thank you Glenn for caring so much.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jill.w.johnson.1232 Jill Westover Matthews Johnson

    It was amazing how the entire story of mankind was reduced down to each individual’s own decision to reflect Christ or not. Very powerful!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jill.w.johnson.1232 Jill Westover Matthews Johnson

    It was amazing how the entire story of mankind was reduced down to each individual’s own decision to reflect Christ or not. Very powerful!

  • Anonymous

    I caught the last few minutes on Sirius. The writing was atrocious. Beck is such a moneychanger

  • Anonymous

    Congratulations, Glenn, your show was stupendous and will stay with me forever, however, it was dwarfed by the miraculous parting of the clouds and the double rainbow which appeared after you and David Barton asked the crowd to pray for an improvement in the weather.  “For where-ever two or more of you are gathered in my Name, there I am in your midst.”  Only God makes rainbows…and this is a sign of his Love, encouragement, and covenant with all that we are doing together.   God Bless You, My Brother.  The Lord is smiling on your efforts.

  • Anonymous

    Note to Webmaster: PLEASE add a dislike button!

  • Nancy

     And you are such a troll.  His charitable work is fantastic but don’t let facts get in your way.  Were you in Oklahoma helping after the tornadoes you miserable sot?

  • Anonymous

    I’m not a Beck fan and I’m only vaguely interested in the Man In The Moon show because I know some folks who went to it. Beck’s style & politics are not my cup of tea. I’ll give Beck credit, though, for trying to do something creative on his own, rather than just b**ching and moaning about how evil & communist Hollywood is, as so many other conservatives seem content to do. If you don’t like the entertainment industry, start your own projects! That’s what Christian groups have been doing for decades (anyone remember Christian heavy metal?). And the free market will decide if audiences are interested in buying Beck’s product, or not — as it should be.

    One thing intrigued me about Beck’s speech (elsewhere on this site) at a FreedomWorks event the other night: he was talking about how artists & creative people need to be saved from being “co-opted by the Left”. It seems to me that most artists (meaning visual artists, writers, musicians, etc) are likely perfectly capable of deciding on their own what their politics are, and how (or whether) they want their politics involved in their art. It’s kind of presumptuous to assume that somehow you can rescue creative people from their own beliefs! And art that’s created with a set political agenda from the get-go tends to be pretty lame anyway, in my opinion. Isn’t it always better with more nuance, more complexity (e.g. Dostoevsky)?

  • Anonymous

    You make a very convincing argument and you are certainly entitled to your opinion. I believe that where Hollywood is concerned, you are underestimating the power of group think and peer pressure. There are numerous examples of those who deviate, even slightly, from the prescribed positions and beliefs being mercilessly attacked, demonized and often deprived of work for daring to step out. It is so much easier for many to take the path of least resistance. The reality is a far cry from what you deemed “…perfectly capable of deciding on their own what their politics are….” 

    You also seem unwillingly to acknowledge that there are powerful communist forces who for decades planned for the peaceful takeover of the US, conspiracy, NOT conspiracy theory, and the infiltration of the arts and entertainment industries was high on their checklist. Dismissing this as nonsense is like claiming that there is no evil in the world. Try searching on the numerous articles concerning “45 goals of Communism” and give it some thought.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1237112495 Darrell Smith

    Wish I could have been there but will for sure get the blu ray or dvd ( which ever it`s released on)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1143957167 Amanda Marie Morse

    Does anyone know where if there will be a radio rebroadcast?  Will it be on iTunes?  My husband missed it and wants to hear it!

  • Anonymous

    I had the pleasure to be in Washington DC for the first gathering and saw the geese fly over.
    I will never forget it and all the wonderful people who came.Sometimes you can feel all alone
    but I know how many other people feel like I do.PS the grounds were immaculate when we
    left.

  • Anonymous

    How very sad a person are you?Just really go away.The moneychangers are in the WH
    selling our country to the highest bidder-the muslim brotherhood ring a bell?

  • Susan Erickson

    Man in the Moon was totally amazing.  I was lucky to get tickets the row behind Matt Kibbe right down front.  It hadn’t rained in Salt Lake City since early May and there was bad weather from the 4th on.  Everyone prayed the storm would pass so we could go on with the show and we got a double rainbow.  The entire 4 days were absolutely amazing and I can’t wait to go to Man in the Moon 2 next summer.  Save the date, you won’t want to miss it.

  • Anonymous

     Thank you for your interesting thoughts. It’s certainly true that groupthink is a powerful force … and cutting in all directions (e.g. try to imagine an avowed Atheist being elected President in the US!). But I tend to suspect that accounts of poor, oppressed conservatives in the media are often exaggerated … although I freely admit it’s not something I’m interested in enough to do a lot of research …  and anyway folks of all political stripes have been striking out on their own to do independent creative work for many, many years, without the aid of “the system” (Hollywood studios or record labels or big publishers). 

    It’s kind of funny — I never would have guessed that I’d think of Glenn Beck and punk rock in the same breath, but Beck’s activities got me thinking about punks and their D.I.Y. ethos. Of course it was not so simple back in the 70′s and 80′s to set up one’s own record label, distribution systems, etc, but they did it anyway, with no financing, no expertise, nothing but creative energy.  Nowadays technology and the internet have made it easier than ever before to put out your material on your own … which is awesome!  If Glenn Beck wants to produce his own right-wing-themed films or whatever, his fans will be able to see them. I saw somewhere Dinesh D’Souza whining that his execrable “2016″ movie was not nominated for an Academy award… it struck me as pretty sad. Beyond the fact that his movie was garbage — who cares what the Academy thinks anyway?

    So good luck to Beck and his American Dream Labs thing … I sure as heck won’t be part of the audience, but if you’ve got people who want to see your material and a way to connect with them, more power to you, right?

  • http://www.facebook.com/richard.rigg1 Richard Rigg

    Was I mistaken or was man in the moon supposed to be broadcast tonight on The Blaze TV? He mentioned it on the radio… He mentioned new subscribers would also get a DVD of the program.

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    One thing intrigued me about Beck’s speech (elsewhere on this site) at a
    FreedomWorks event the other night: he was talking about how artists
    & creative people need to be saved from being “co-opted by the
    Left”. It seems to me that most artists (meaning visual artists,
    writers, musicians, etc) are likely perfectly capable of deciding on
    their own what their politics are, and how (or whether) they want their
    politics involved in their art. It’s kind of presumptuous to assume that
    somehow you can rescue creative people from their own beliefs! And art
    that’s created with a set political agenda from the get-go tends to be
    pretty lame anyway, in my opinion. Isn’t it always better with more
    nuance, more complexity (e.g. Dostoevsky)?

  • Anonymous

    As I said, you are entitled to your opinion and I don’t intend to argue every nuance with you. I cannot, however, let anyone get away with calling D’Souza’s movie, “2016: Obama’s America,” “garbage.” This was a diligent documentary which attempts to explain the ideology and actions of this president in the historical context of HIS OWN autobiography, as well as first-hand interviews with his own brother and people who personally knew BHO Sr. It presents his chaotic childhood and the influence of all who shaped him, from radical Marxists, anti-colonialists, to his adolescence as a Muslim in Indonesia, to his mentorship with Frank Marshall Davis, a card-carrying member of the Communist Party USA. He presents this information with integrity and without political filters. “Garbage” is a bit strong, and I highly recommend that movie to anyone who hasn’t seen it.

  • Anonymous

     Ha ha, fair enough! I saw the movie and thought it was nonsense, but as you say, to each his own and there’s probably no point in going back and forth about it. Thanks for being civil even when we disagree … that seems so rare these days. Have a lovely afternoon.

  • Anonymous

     Well said.  I was there as well and I loved the whole weekend sore body and all :)

  • Harriet J. Hernandez

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  • Anonymous

     Deciding what one’s politics are is a lot easier when there is food on the table.  Who can resist co-opting when that is the choice?

  • Jacob Nelson

    anyone know if we can upload our own pics from the event?

  • Anonymous

    To Glenn & to the entire Mercury Team & to others involved…

    Congratulations on an extraordinary achievement and such groundbreaking work !

  • Anonymous

    Harriet, men in white coats will be over to take you away, in the meantime take double the meds.

  • Anonymous

    My fb post after the event..Mind. Completely. Blown. Glenn Beck just singlehandedly redefined, or maybe i should say, created a whole new form of art. ‎#maninthemoon was…I don’t exactly know how to explain what it was. It was completely original that’s for sure!The MIM show along with all the other events I attended over the weekend were truly enlightening and inspiring. It was a joy to be there with so many wonderful people. I wasn’t there when Glenn and David asked people to pray for the weather to improve, but I was praying all day that the event would be able to go forward, and I knew that it would because I knew that about 15,000 other faithful people would be praying as well. I’m not sure how I missed the double rainbow, but what a beautiful blessing! The weather was perfect, and my son and I loved, loved, loved the show.
    The only thing I would have changed was the flag ceremony. I would have liked to see a traditional flag cermemony and pledge, and maybe save the creative, edgy stuff for the actual show. I would have liked to say the pledge on Friday night too.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1071640587 Mary Struthers Latchem

    Having
    traveled the world, and seen many Broadway productions– Glenn Beck’s
    genius is unmatchable! Just amazing and inspiring weekend!!! from the
    music, Cirque du Soleil performer raising the flag, professional
    dancers, fly over, fireworks, Glenn’s incredible storytelling, I was
    mesmerized!!

  • Nita Durham

    No human being could have possibly accomplished all Glenn has in the last few years if God were not walking with him every step of the way.   I absolutely believe that God speaks to Glenn and that Glenn listens and obeys. .  Glenn is with us for just such a time as this.    I thank God for Glenn and pray daily for his protection and strength.  

  • Jaamoose

    Just love how you Christ-loving folk treat dissenters…

  • Melanie Henstrom

    An inspirational night.  Well worth the trip from Oregon.  Thank you so much for your continual effort to wake up the world!  You are inspired by God!

  • John Bugni

    Just love the tenor of your conversation.  You are right, we need more conversations like this where we can disagree respectfully. I think that’s what Glenn espouses.  Thanks you two.

  • Pamela Peltonen

    I was there too and agreed, it was miraculous

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1077712635 Gilbert Ceniceros

    Although I wasn’t able to attend, I read with great interest the reviews and snippets about this play, and am impressed that someone would show so much creativity and talent to produce a show about America’s exceptional place in the world, and how it came about. We are truly a blessed nation, and have a responsibility to continue the work of our founding fathers and all those who have fought for FREEDOM! It is now being rapidly taken away from us by those who want power and CONTROL, and we can’t let it happen, otherwise we will become like Europe and the rest of the world, or worse. I am glad that people like Glenn and Mercury, and so many of you are looking to make the world a better place, because as long as people are praying, and resisting the efforts of evil people, I believe GOD will help us!

  • Sheila Gazlay

     And still neither one of you can tell when it’s appropriate to post ads. Amazing what money can’t do.

    Sheila-
    Virtual assistant works in PJs but knows when to not speak of it.

  • Sheila Gazlay

    I can’t wait to see all or some of it on the web.

  • Anonymous

    Loved the whole event, July 4 thru man in the Moon…….great to be with so many like minded people who have manners, are pleasant and a strong belief in God……need it every year to be re energized and to be reminded how many of us there truly are…….the show was well, words can’t describe it……it was so quiet as we were leaving……powerful….God Bless you your family and staff……enjoy your vacation….RELAX!!!!

  • Anonymous

    I loved every moment! The Man in the Moon event was beyond comparison! Truly awesome! Thank God for what Glenn and his fantastic crew do!

  • momof4inmi

    I want to share my witness of
    the impact of Glenn’s recent Man in the Moon event in Salt Lake City. It had
    attendance of nearly 20,000 (ticketed only, not including those sitting out in
    their cars in the hillside parking lots to watch it). It was talked about via
    the broad spectrum of media, bringing greater awareness to “The
    Uninformed”. Many who heard about it were curious, and a great number who
    attended were not even fans of Glenn, but the invited guests of fans (speaking
    from personal experience). Those friends and family members left feeling
    greater respect for, and understanding of the importance of fighting for, the
    cause of freedom.

    Glenn’s DreamLabs were a vital
    part of the production of Man in the Moon. Events such as these raise more
    awareness of the deep concerns we share as U.S citizens – and I would say more
    awareness than his radio show alone. Not everyone will be interested in tuning
    in to talk radio. However, a huge number of The Uninformed are quite curious
    about shows such as Man in the Moon, and are more likely to listen or read to
    find out what the show was about – and even attend if invited by a friend – than
    they would be when asked to listen to his radio show.

    The Uninformed are happy to spend
    their time and money being entertained. If Glenn can tap into that group by
    providing quality entertainment that we can ALL enjoy together, even better!
    Keep the DreamLabs creating, Glenn! You guys are reaching The Uninformed! My
    sister brought her family to MitM, who would never have listened to you in any
    other way. You’ve hit the nail on the head with shows like this.

    Let’s take back the culture, People! Get thinkin’, everyone! Write inspiring stories
    for Glenn to produce! I’m workin’ on mine… :) DreamLabs is doing great work.
    (Think about the impact Hollywood has on our children! They already know the
    secret to getting more people on THEIR side. Parents must wise up).

    If we’re going to unite, we
    need more people on our side. Shows and events like Man in the Moon are a great
    solution to the problem of informing The Uninformed. I’m leaving this website
    now to go share the links to the YouTube FreedomWorks “Free the
    People” speeches with my entire email contacts list. Please, readers, go
    do the same! We MUST get the word out!!

    – Fired up Mom of 4 in St. Joseph, MI

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Alicia-Cervera/100003332732175 Alicia Cervera

    I want a Man in the Moon DVD.  Where and when can i purchase it???? Thanks Glenn for opening eyes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Yes, we were in the crowd when the double rainbow appeared.  God’s gift.  Thank you, Glenn, for a wonderful weekend.  There is great hope in the future – also great darkness, but with people around like in the crowds I saw and with whom I talked during the weekend, we will come out the other end a better, stronger, more loving and independent people with God’s help.

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  • Anonymous

    Thus far, my family has not missed one of your events, I must say, the “Man in the Moon”
    topped them all thus far.  We are anxiously awaiting the production of “The Journey” of
    #2 Man in the Moon, we are saving our vacation time to attend it whenever and wherever
    it is announced the location.  I am appointed myself your “Surrogate Mother” with my
    children being your brothers and sister surrogates as well!  We love you and how your
    mind works Glenn.  Stay well!

  • pendayho

    i think i must start smoking weed