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Obama musical to premiere in Frankfurt

AFP · 13 Jan 2010, 08:07

Published: 13 Jan 2010 08:07 GMT+01:00

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The stage Obama will perform a duet with First Lady Michelle and lead a gospel chorus singing "Yes, We Can," his trademark slogan of optimism and change, in a bi-lingual production entitled "Hope - The Obama Musical Story."

Producers said they hope to take the show to the United States.

"I had the initial idea right at the start of Obama's electoral campaign," US writer and composer Randall Hutchins told the online edition of German magazine Der Spiegel. "I found the atmosphere exciting and that was my inspiration. People hoped change would result in a better life. It was a beautiful, very social time."

Although Obama's domestic approval ratings have fallen, the US president remains popular in Germany where a November poll found 44 percent named him as their political role model, well ahead of former chancellor Helmut Schmidt.

With a predominantly US cast, the show is said to celebrate a non-political quest for a better future. Plans are being laid to take it to other cities around Germany.

During the show, Obama's Republican presidential rival Senator John McCain and his colourful running mate Sarah Palin perform numbers of their own, the latter rocking with fishnet-clad go-go girls.

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Even the audience will get a chance to join in, organisers said, with seats equipped with a percussion-sensitive surface that lets them drum along with the beat.

"If everything works fine, we would like to plan a tour in the States as well," organiser Patrick Strese told AFP.

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18:08 January 13, 2010 by Dashcroft
Jesus Christ Super Obama. So pathetic.
18:52 January 13, 2010 by Joshontour
mmmm mmmm mmmm
01:24 January 14, 2010 by derExDeutsche
"If everything works fine, we would like to plan a tour in the States as well,"

Good Luck with that! He is the least popular 1st year president in history.

I will be amazed if he wins a second term. Sorry, Germans. Don't cry, Alemana, maybe he could be your next Chancellor! He'll most likely be unemployed as of 2012!
02:43 January 14, 2010 by Thames
I hope this travesty doesn't come to America.
22:56 January 14, 2010 by lordwilliams629
In america we see enough propaganda on this guy, so it's no surprise that in the land of hitler and communism they would come out with this trash. Remember germany like hitler you may this guy's some kind of god, but he sits on the toilet the same way all other humans do.
23:32 January 14, 2010 by Thames

This Hutchins fellow who wrote and composed this work of art is from Mich.USA not Germany. Believe it or not many Americans think of Obama as some sort of Christlike figure. Not as many now as a year ago however.
01:57 January 15, 2010 by sc123
Obama is an unfit tart, do these people read newspapers?
09:01 January 15, 2010 by airborne1092
I believe it's quality ideas that become realities such as this, that further bolster his status as Nobel Peace prize winner. I'm sold.
10:37 January 15, 2010 by Deutschguy
This won't do well in the US. It's true that during the campaign, many voters believed that Obama could change the system.

Now, it's clear that neither the President nor the Congress is powerful enough to rein in banks, big corporations, or their ownership of government and their abuse of taxpayers. Those entities actually write the legislation that governs them.

And, the only narrow sliver that Obama could take on, Big Insurance, has leveled a billion dollar campaign to malign him 24/7 on Fox News and talk radio. In the US, there is no longer independent or liberal media. If Americans want an objective point of view, they have to listen to the BBC or read other non-US media.
11:44 January 15, 2010 by B-Squared

Way to stay on topic. America's entire media except for Fox news is "liberal". Please do not mention things you don't fully comprehend.
14:45 January 15, 2010 by Deutschguy

It would be helpful if you would finish high school before attempting to write here. Please don't mention things you're not qualified to address.

If you read others' comments, you would see that I was staying on topic by addressing issues they brought up or alluded to.

Fox is NOT conservative. It's off the charts crazy. Only a very stupid, malcontented, racist demographic even pay attention to it. You're probably one of them. Limbaugh and Palin? I rest my case.
16:01 January 15, 2010 by B-Squared

"Please don't mention things you're not qualified to address." Pot, meet Kettle.
17:14 January 15, 2010 by jglammi
Obama was elected by his peers to be editor of the Harvard Law Review, and he was the ONLY such editor to publish NOTHING. He was also the ONLY person to hold his teaching position at the University of Chicago and publish NOTHING. His donations from wall street were the greatest of any presidential candidate in US history. He has completely gone back on his promises to promote civil rights for gay people ad even had his attorney general defend anti-gay laws in court.
20:20 January 15, 2010 by Cincinnatus
It seems a little surprising that Germany would worship the leader of the National Socialist Party, in the U.S.A. What are you guys thinking?
01:50 January 16, 2010 by derExDeutsche

wake up. the problems we are having come from both sides of the American political spectrum. Banks were mandated by the Govt. to to offer loans to people that had no business taking such loans. Wikipedia what Freddie Mae and Freddie Mac are. Maybe it will shed some light on your cluelessness.

2. The current president and the supermajority in the House and Senate are doing all they can with bribes and extortion to pass a bill that only 3 in 10 Americans want. And now the president has made a sweetheart deal with the unions, so that only private citizens must pay for it all. Unions or Federal workers don't need to pay for anything anymore, as long as they keep voting democrat. The US is turning into Venezuela, where just enough people are paid off to become elected. Its corrupt, my friend. Your hero is a sham.
05:40 January 16, 2010 by wenddiver
He's magic!!!!!! Just keep staring at the big dummy reading the teleprompter up front.

How pitiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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