Brigham Young is coming out of retirement.
Not the Brigham Young, of course, but a startlingly close facsimile.After nearly six years, actor/writer James Arrington is taking his character's distinctive beard off the shelf and reviving "Here's Brother Brigham," the acclaimed one-man show about the life and times of Brigham Young.
The beloved LDS Church prophet and legendary colonizer himself would probably be pleased to see where the "coming out party" is being staged - as the premiere event for a brand new outdoor amphitheater being developed at the Wheeler Historic Farm, 6351 S. Ninth East.
One of the first projects Brigham Young ordered after the Mormon pioneers arrived in the Valley of the Great Salt Lake in 1847 was the construction of a bowery for entertainment. Fifteen years later, when the city was firmly established at the crossroads of western migration, Brother Brigham - as many called him - was instrumental in the construction of the Salt Lake Theater, a 3,000-seat edifice patterned after the Drury Lane Theater in London.
Brigham Young's love for good theater is well documented. Historians note that he did not allow tragedies on the stage of the Salt Lake Theater because he felt there was too much tragedy in life anyway, and he believed that theater should amuse and entertain.
So it's fitting that the amphitheater being built on one of the area's pioneer farms will be inaugurated with a show
that does just that.
The amphitheater, thus far, is not fancy. Don't go expecting a lot of state-of-the-art equipment and theater-style seatroles in his one-man "Here's Brother Brigham."
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