A YouTube video showing scenes from a musical about Barack Obama and the 2008 presidential campaign has gotten some attention today, and it really has to be seen to be believed. Check it out at left.
On their website, the producers of "HOPE - The Obama Musical Story" say they are working on putting together an American tour for the musical, which premiered in Germany. The show is performed in a mix of German and English, and most of the actors are American.
It includes songs performed by Mr. Obama's character as well as Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton, with whom the Barack Obama character reportedly has a duet. John McCain and Sarah Palin also get their time in the spotlight.
Here's a bit from the synopsis, written in less than perfect English: "From the Puerto Rican Ricardo who has had enough of politics, has lost his job and his home, finding accommodation with the African-American Johnson family, to the ultra conservative widow Mrs. Shultz of German origin and the committed African-American political activist Elaine Johnson - all of them are suddenly caught by a wave of hope for change. This hope is triggered by the rise of the charismatic electoral candidate Barack Obama who restores the people's courage and confidence with his strive for a better world and makes them believe again."
Song titles include "YES WE CAN," "Rock the vote," "Help somebody," "Am I enough," "Chaos" and "Hustler."
"I had the idea (for the musical) during the presidential campaign. ... It was fascinating and the mood at the time fired my imagination," writer Randall Hitchins, an American, said in a release when the show premiered. "All the people were hoping for a change for a better life and there was such a great, collective emotion."
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