Something special about this new Broadway show compels people to stand

Glenn doesn't often go around praising Broadway shows - not since Spider-Man came out anyway. After recently attending a special pre-showing for Amazing Grace, Glenn had more than a little praise for the new musical.

"I don't promote things and really stand on them if it's just because, hey, this is a message and we should support this message. No, the message needs to be done right," Glenn said.

Glenn described Amazing Grace as a story about slavery in colonial times, told accurately, in a really entertaining and compelling way, and how one man was changed and then began to change the world. It's also about God, Glenn added.

Chuck Cooper as Thomas & Josh Young as John Newton in Amazing Grace. Photo by Joan Marcus (Broadway.com). Chuck Cooper as Thomas & Josh Young as John Newton in Amazing Grace. Photo by Joan Marcus (Broadway.com).

After watching it a month and a half ago, Glenn predicted the show would be criticized harshly by the press, and sure enough, that's what's happening.

"They actually had a little hope that that wouldn't happen. Because before it went to Broadway, it was in Chicago, and it got great reviews. Well, The New York Times and Variety and everybody else came out and just slaughtered this show."

Despite the harsh reviews, Glenn said he couldn't recommend the show highly enough.

"There is something special about this," Glenn said. "While the song was going on - it was the finale, but it wasn't like the point you clap - everybody stood up. We all just felt compelled to stand. There's something happening with this show."

He went on.

"If every American could see this show, you wouldn't be having people say black lives matter. And you can't dare say white lives don't -- or, white lives do. You know, all lives matter."

If you're anywhere near New York City and would like to attend Amazing Grace, tickets are available here.

Listen to the segment below.

Below is a rush transcript of this segment, it might contain errors.

GLENN: I want to tell you that if you are anywhere in the New York area or planning to go to New York in the next six months, you need to see a show called Amazing Grace. We saw it in rehearsals before it opened up on Broadway. And, Pat, you thought it was really good.

PAT: Oh, yeah. Oh, yeah.

GLENN: I saw it in a preview, before it opened up. I saw it finished. And I'm telling you, it is Les Miserables quality. The story is Les Miserables quality. The singing and acting is off the charts. These guys are top, top people. And what's amazing about this is, this is the story of how the song Amazing Grace was written. If you know the story, it is so compelling to see it actually on Broadway. You can't believe you're sitting in a Broadway -- New York City Broadway theater. Because you go to Broadway, and you can see all kinds of stuff that is degenerate. It is anything that is -- just about anything that you see on Broadway today is tearing our culture, our traditional culture apart.

Now, here's what's happened. Because this is so unbelievably -- it's the story of slavery. It is the story of how one man was changed and then began to change the world. And it -- so it's slavery, black and white. And it's about God. I said before when it was -- before I even saw any of it, I said, you know you're going to get panned by the New York Times and everyone else. No matter how good it is, you're going to get slaughtered in the press. And they actually had a little hope that that wouldn't happen. Because before it went to Broadway, it was in Chicago, and it got great reviews. Well, the New York Times and Variety and everybody else came out and just slaughtered this show. I left the show -- and this is about a month and a half ago. And I wrote a review of it. I can't recommend this highly enough.

When I heard -- and Pat was there, we saw them do in rehearsal, we saw them do Amazing Grace, they just sat at the edge of the stage and sang it. I saw the full two and a half hour show, and the finale is Amazing Grace. And I heard that when it was in Chicago, people started just standing up during Amazing Grace. The whole audience just stood up. I will tell you that I was there, yeah, yeah, I'm sure. I was there, it compels you to stand up. When they begin to sing it, about halfway that song, the entire audience is in tears, and they're all just standing. It's not -- it's not an applause thing. It's just like, I have to stand.

It's truly remarkable. Truly remarkable. We have the guy who actually wrote it and wrote the music, Chris Smith is with us on the phone now. And I want to tell you something special because there's a clause in the contract that they're doing that is -- that has put this show in even more jeopardy than just the New York Times trashing it.

Chris, are you there?

CHRIS: Hello. How are you doing, guys?

GLENN: Very good.

So tell me, Chris, what's in the contract that can get you guys shut down?

CHRIS: Well, it's not that anybody is looking to shut us down right now. But what happens, in any theater, you have to make it through a certain amount of tickets to get through the next month or week or whatever it is. So basically what we have to do is we have to get out there and people really have to demand this kind of entertainment having a place on Broadway.

GLENN: Okay. Hang on just a second. Because it's not a problem -- I was there, it was sold out. It's not a problem with selling tickets. You have to sell them this week and next week to make it to Christmas, right?

CHRIS: We have to do this week and next week to make it to anywhere. But that's always been the case. I mean, that's every show. The problem is that August is so tough because nobody is around. You just have to get the word out. And, you know, that's why I appreciate you having me on because we just really need to let people know that now is the time to come and say, this is what we want. This is what we want to see on Broadway. And bring a friend. Bring a relative. Bring a stranger.

GLENN: You will not believe -- there were people in the crowd that I -- I saw it -- probably like a Harlem church or something was there, and it's me and my family. And I'm telling you, we walked out, and all of us were hugging at the end. That doesn't happen in New York. There is something special about this show that you will not feel. And you will not see this in any other show on Broadway. You just won't.

So can you -- go ahead.

CHRIS: Sorry. Go ahead.

No, every night somebody comes up to me and they say, you know, I've gone to the theater for however many decades. And I've never seen an audience connect with a cast like in this. So there's something going on at the Nederlander Theatre that really can't be explained. And just as you said, it's just an amazing thing.

GLENN: As you -- if you're a regular listener of mine, you know that I don't like -- I don't promote things and really stand on them if it's just because, hey, this is a message and we should support this message. No, the message needs to be done right. And I'll support the message when the message is done right. I'm not going to support something that is just crap, even if the message is good. This is an unbelievable message. This is -- there is something magical that happens in this theater every night. And on top of it, this is a tremendous production. Just really, really good.

You want to tell the story real quick?

CHRIS: Well, basically it's the story of John Newton who was a slave trader in the 1700s. He was an atheist. And he was just a miserable person. Man of the world. And he, in the midst of being a slave trader, actually was enslaved himself. And actually got just a little taste of what he was actually doing to other human beings. And on a voyage back from Africa, he was caught in a hurricane and had a really -- he had to really come face-to-face what he had done and eternity. And it changed him. And not only did it change him and his relationships and his choices, but it actually influenced our world down to today. Because he was instrumental in blowing the lid off the slave trade. He did it from the inside. He was one of the world's first whistle-blowers. And he said, this is what we're really doing. This is what this empire really is. I was a part of it. We have to stop this. So it really does affect history.

GLENN: Yeah, and it's not politically correct at all. I mean, at one point -- he is captured as a slave by the black African queen.

CHRIS: And that's true. That actually happened.

GLENN: Yeah. It shows black and whites were both in on this. And blacks and whites were both enslaved. And it's the ugly truth all the way. And one of the reasons I think why people are panning this is because it doesn't -- it just says what it is. It just says this was evil. And it doesn't play into anybody's agenda except the truth. And it is something that I saw with the kids and my 9-year-old daughter at the very beginning was a little afraid. But she walked out absolutely loving it. My son loved it. My older kids loved it. We loved it as a family. I cannot recommend this highly enough.

Buy your tickets now. Go to AmazingGraceMusical.com. That's AmazingGraceMusical.com. Buy a ticket from their portal at that website.

Can they buy a ticket -- do they have to buy it for the next two weeks, or can they buy it for upcoming?

CHRIS: No. You can buy for -- the only reason we're pushing the next two weeks is just because August is so important. Every ticket that's sold in the next two weeks really speaks -- it speaks for the industry. It speaks for the cast and to us, and we really appreciate it.

GLENN: Thank you very much, Chris. I really appreciate it. God bless.

CHRIS: Thank you, Glenn.

GLENN: You bet. You bet.

PAT: Good luck. I haven't heard you stand on a musical since Spider-Man probably.

GLENN: And I see musicals all the time. I see Broadway shows all the time.

PAT: Did you like this better than Spider-Man?

GLENN: Yeah.

PAT: Better than Spider-Man?

GLENN: Spider-Man I really liked because as you guys know, I said the show had problems, but for what they were doing, they broke all kinds of ground. You know what I mean?

PAT: Uh-huh.

GLENN: So I liked it for the bravery. Not only for the bravery, but also for the show itself. But I really liked it and respected it because they had balls. These guys do as well.

I mean, when you read the reviews, it's like, how can white people possibly tell the story of slavery? It's that kind of review that they're getting. And it's sickening. One of the guys who plays the -- the older father's personal slave who is enslaved with John Newton. This guy is -- he'll remind you of James Earl Jones. And I heard that from the audience -- somebody said, I thought that was James Earl Jones when he was came out. He's like a young James Earl Jones. This is just top quality all the way along, American history -- well, colonial history. Told accurately, in a really entertaining and compelling way. And I will tell you, I have -- there is something special about this. I have never felt like -- I've never -- I've never been like this. While the song was going on -- it was the finale. But it wasn't like the point you clap, everybody stood up. We all just felt compelled to stand. There's something happening with this -- with this show. I mean, if every American could see this show, you would -- you wouldn't be having people say black lives matter. And you can't dare say white lives don't -- or, white lives do. You know, all lives matter. You don't dare say all lives matter. It's black lives matter. We would have an end to that conversation. Literally.

I was crying. The woman sitting right behind me on the aisle was crying. And as I walked out, she looked at me, I don't have any idea if she knows who I was, but she just looked at me and she just opened up her arms at me. And I walked and she hugged me and I hugged her. I mean, it's that powerful. It's that powerful.

STU: Can you opt out of the hugs with random people in the audience? Is that possible?

GLENN: You can. No one will threaten you with a hug.

STU: Okay. Good. I'm in.

GLENN: You and Pat. That would make you wildly uncomfortable, wouldn't it?

PAT: Possibly.

GLENN: I just think I scream huggable. I think the ladies know: huggable.

PAT: That's it.

STU: Oh, my gosh, the entire media noticed it. MSNBC is talking about it.

GLENN: They're like, Glenn Beck, there's one thing about him, huggable. Huggable.

PAT: How many times have we seen that? Too many.

STU: Oh, gosh.

GLENN: I think people hug me because they're like, it doesn't look like he has any bones in that body. I think he's like Flubber. I think he's like Jell-O. I think -- just, he's the Pillsbury Doughboy.

STU: I will say, when we're in New York, I hear a lot of people yelling, hug you, at you. And I was like, why are they doing that? That's weird.

GLENN: Is that what they're saying? That makes me feel better.

STU: I think so.

JEFFY: Are you sure that's hug?

STU: Pretty sure. It sounds like it.

Fortunately, President Trump walked away from his attempted assassination with very minor injuries. The bullet that wounded Trump's ear could have just as easily ended his life, and his survival is nothing short of a miracle.

Sadly, that miracle didn't extend to everyone attending Trump's ill-fated Pennsylvania rally. Three other people were shot. David Dutch and James Copenhaver, both Pennslyavia residents, are thankfully in stable condition. Corey Comperatore, however, tragically died after being shot while protecting his wife and daughter from the hail of gunfire.

“Corey died a hero."

Camperatore, a 50-year-old loving father and husband from Buffalo Township, Pennsylvania leaves behind his daughter Allyson, his wife Helen, sister Dawn, and many other friends and family. Camperatore was a man of service, having spent 43 years as part of the Buffalo Township Volunteer Fire Company and had worked his way to becoming the fire chief when he stepped down to spend more time with his daughter.

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Corey's friends and family have nothing but good things to say about him, and judging by their testimonies, Corey's final heroic act was consistent with how the volunteer firefighter lived his life.

According to many people who knew Compertore, he was a true patriot who loved his country. He was a fan of President Trump. Compertore was very excited to attend Saturday's rally, which he expressed in his last social media post.

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During his speech addressing the shooting, President Biden expressed his condolences to the Comperatore family, stating that "He was a father. He was protecting his family from the bullets that were being fired.”

Democrat Mutiny? These prominent Progressives and Democratic leaders DEMAND that Biden withdraw

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Biden is still taking hard blows from both sides of the aisle after his abysmal performance in last month's presidential debate. As Glenn pointed out in his post-debate coverage, Biden came across as so incompetent that it has made many Americans scared that, should the country face a major threat, Biden would be unable to respond to it. This includes many Democrats, who are finally admitting that Biden isn't as fit as they have been claiming for the last four years.

Many names have already been suggested as potential replacements for the Democratic nominee, but many people, including some Democrats, don't believe Biden should even stay in office for the election. Here are some prominent progressives and Democratic lawmakers who have called for President Biden's resignation:

Rep. Lloyd Doggett (Texas)

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Rep. Raúl Grijalva (Arizona)

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Rep. Seth Moulton (Massachusetts)

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Rep. Mike Quigley (Illinois)

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Rep. Angie Craig (Minnesota)

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Rep. Adam Smith (Washington)

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Rep. Mikie Sherrill (New Jersey)

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Rep. Pat Ryan (New York)

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Rep. Hillary Scholten (Michigan)

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Senator Peter Welch (Vermont)

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Rep. Earl Blumenauer (Oregon)

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BONUS: Actor George Clooney

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These TOP 5 new technologies left Glenn SHOCKED

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Glenn has been covering some of the most groundbreaking, exciting, and often terrifying technological advances. Some new tech has the potential to make a positive impact. Some tech is just SUPER cool, like a flame-throwing robot dog. However, there is also a dark side to technology. Glenn exposes how some new technological developments, particularly in the realm of AI, pose serious ethical questions.

Here are the top five new technologies that Glenn covered that will make your jaw drop:

Anti-gravity device

This new technology developed by Dr. Charles Buhler and his team may change everything we know about transportation and travel. Described as "propellant-less propulsion" by Dr. Buhler, this technology appears to defy gravity and is potentially a way for people to travel into and through space without the need for rockets. It doesn't stop there either, this tech could be used to forever change the way we travel here on Earth.

Human embryo-powered supercomputer

To have massively powerful AI, something, which many people seem to have an invested interest in, you need a lot of electricity to power the computers that host the artificial intelligences. Naturally, this energy consumption upsets the environmentalists so in response a terrifying solution was developed. Bio Processors are essentially computer chips powered by human cells, specifically stem cells, which are predominantly harvested from embryos. These Bio Processors have a limited shelf life, meaning they need a steady supply of stem cells to keep the computers that use them operational. What could be more terrifying than an AI that eats human cells?

Voice-stealing AI

When ChatGPT came out in late 2022 its power and versatility took the world by storm. Suddenly, students had it write entire essays in mere seconds, and it was creating songs and poems with ease. The capabilities of the ChatGPT AI were as disturbing as they were impressive, but after a recent update, it took a hard turn towards disturbing. OpenAI, the company behind ChatGPT, decided to give the program a voice and tried to recruit famous actress Scarlett Johansson to lend her voice to the machine. After she declined the offer, OpenAI went ahead and released the update for ChatGPT featuring a voice that sounded eerily similar to Johansson's. While OpenAI claims it's a different, similar-sounding voice actress, the idea that a computer is going around with your stolen voice is terrifying.

Flamethrower robot dog

How could you possibly ever make something cooler than a flamethrower? Simple, strap it to the back of a robotic dog of course! Originally built to help fight forest fires (ironically enough) by creating backburns, Glenn pointed out that a pack of these bad boys patrolling your property would be the ultimate home defense. Nobody would come anywhere near your house if it was guarded by a few of these firey companions.

Wormhole-generating UFO's

It's been a decade since the tragic disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. No trace of the aircraft or any of its passengers, except a few small pieces of debris, were ever found nor was an official cause of the disappearance ever given. There have been an infinite number of theories explaining what might have happened, but this one from investigative journalist Ashton Forbes might take the cake for the wildest. Forbes joined Glenn on his radio show and brought with him convincing video evidence that seemed to show the now-missing aircraft being circled by three mysterious orbs before suddenly disappearing in a flash of light. Does this video show the doomed aircraft being sucked into an artificial wormhole, or is it an amazing piece of hoaxwork?

THESE TOP 10 Founding Fathers' quotes help us remember America's original vision

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Independence Day is one of the few days when Americans come together to celebrate our country and the continued vision that our Founding Fathers crafted in 1776. But what is that vision? It seems with every passing July 4th, Americans lose even more of a sense of what the original intent of our nation was supposed to be. It's becoming increasingly important to read the Founding Fathers in their own words and to remember the vision that they cast for our nation. Here are our TOP 10 favorite Founding Fathers' quotes to help us remember their original views of government, freedom, and the American vision.

"The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty." —James Madison

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"Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing." —Benjamin Franklin

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"Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains to bring it to light." —George Washington

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"The people are the only legitimate fountain of power." —James Madison

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"I agree with you that it is the duty of every good citizen to use all the opportunities, which occur to him, for preserving documents relating to the history of our country." —Thomas Jefferson

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“Human passions unbridled by morality and religion… would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net.” —John Adams

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"Those who stand for nothing will fall for everything." —Alexander Hamilton

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“The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse.” —James Madison

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"I fear that in every elected office, members will obtain an influence by noise, not by sense. By meanness, not greatness. By ignorance, not learning. By contracted hearts, not large souls. There must be decency and respect." —John Adams

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“We must go home to be happy, and our home is not in this world. Here we have nothing to do but our duty.” —John Jay

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