Obama’s Campaign of Hope in German Show Tunes
January 9, 2010
(ChattahBox)— Imagine for a moment the story of the 2008 presidential campaign sung in Broadway show tunes. Barack Obama’s successful campaign of Hope that propelled him into the White House, as our nation’s first black president has inspired people around the world. And the Germans decided to put the groundbreaking campaign to song in a Broadway-style production entitled, “Hope: The Obama Musical Story.” Actor Jimmie Wilson plays Barack Obama, Della Miles plays Michelle Obama and actress Harriet Lewis portrays Michelle Obama’s mom Marian Robinson. The additional cast of characters, includes John McCain, Sarah Palin, Hillary Clinton and even the controversial Jeremiah Wright.
American writer and composer Randall Hutchins received inspiration for the musical that blends rock, pop and rap, after Obama was elected president. “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,” Hutchins told Spiegal Online.
The plot follows a group of people in an apartment complex, including a “politically disillusioned unemployed Puerto Rican, an ultra conservative widow of German origin and a committed African-American political activist.” The residents are depicted becoming inspired by Obama’s message of change.
“People from a variety of backgrounds and political camps are united by their hope for a new start,” says the show’s press release.
The script is taken directly from political speeches and statements. And the songs and dialog are merged in a combination of English and German, with some German translations for the English tunes.
Two other musical adaptations have already been produced chronicling President Obama’s life, strangely enough. In London last year, there was the musical, “Obama On My Mind.” And Kenya provided the world with, “Obama: The Musical.”
“Hope: The Obama Musical Story” premieres on January 17 at the Jahrhunderthalle in Frankfurt, Germany.
Watch a clip:
Source: Talking Points Memo
Photo Source: Spiegal Online