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Brigham! The Man and His School

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Brigham! The Man and His School
MusicK. Newell Dayley
LyricsArnold Sundgaard
PremiereApril 1975 (1975-04): Marriot Center

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Brigham! The Man and His School is a religious-themed musical written by Arnold Sundgaard and K. Newell Dayley about Brigham Young University and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). The musical tells the story of Brigham Young and the group of people involved with the creation and traditions of Brigham Young University. It is produced by Bob Williams and K. Newell Dayley, and directed by Ralph G. Laycock. It stars Harve Presnell as Brigham Young.

The musical came out during a time of successful musicals themed around The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It was first performed in 1975, two years after Lex de Azevedo's 1973 musical Saturday's Warrior was first released. Other religiously themed musicals came out during the 1960s or early '70s such as Godspell and Jesus Christ Superstar which likely influenced the release of Brigham!.

Plot[edit]

The musical is about Brigham Young and contemporaries starting construction of and culture surrounding Brigham Young University. It features songs about traditions at BYU such as “Handshake Day,” a day where people shake hands in friendship.

The musical explores Latter-day Saint doctrines, history, and traditions. The title of the musical play Brigham! The Man and His School is in reference to the man, Brigham Young, and Brigham Young University which he founded in 1875. As one of several Centennial Tributes to that occasion, the production of Brigham! at the Marriott Center on the Provo Campus is the culmination of a year-long celebration of the University's founding. The album was released in conjunction with the performance in April 1975. In the words of the author: "This work is an attempt to trace the monumental persistence of a few dedicated believers who sought to fulfill the visionary belief of Joseph Smith that a joyful enlightenment through education is fundamental to man's understanding of his role in building the Kingdom of God."

Production history[edit]

Brigham! was first produced at Brigham Young University in the spring of 1975.

Musical numbers[edit]

Reception[edit]

Brigham! is not well known within the LDS Church.

References[edit]

Category:1975 musicals Category:Latter Day Saint plays and pageants Category:Musicals based on religious traditions


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