Dream Mountain is a musical about sculptor Gutzon Borglum’s obsessive dedication and fourteen-year odyssey to create the Mount Rushmore National Monument.
A larger-than-life individual with a matching ego, Borglum, a Rodin-trained artist was a sought after and celebrated sculptor. A first generation American, he was a passionate patriot who dreamed of creating a colossal shrine, a monument to democracy.
Dream Mountain tells the tale of Mount Rushmore’s creation unflinchingly, warts and all, including Borglum’s checkered relationship with racism, the desecration of the Lakota Sioux’ sacred land, and the decision to include four white men’s faces on the monument.
The musical also offers glimpses into the compromises Borglum’s family had to make while supporting his incredible dream.