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BERLIN – A musical about Barack Obama's "Yes we can" election campaign premieres in Germany this weekend, including love songs by the president to his wife Michelle and duets with Hillary Clinton.
Even John McCain and Sarah Palin are given stage time, with actors portraying the losing Republican candidates and belting out songs on their behalf.
The venue for the premiere seems appropriate since the optimism of Obamania remains largely intact in Germany, about a year after Obama, an accomplished public speaker, became America's first black president..
"I had the idea (for the musical) during the presidential campaign. ... It was fascinating and the mood at the time fired my imagination," American writer Randall Hitchins said in a news release provided by the organizers. "All the people were hoping for a change for a better life and there was such a great, collective emotion."
"The story starts 20 years ago, when Obama worked as a community organizer in Chicago, and leads all the way to the 2008 campaign," said Wilson.
Set in Obama's hometown of Chicago and viewed through the eyes of people who share an apartment, the musical tries to show how Obama's campaign gave people at the time hope for change and belief in a better future.
As part of an interactive gimmick, the audience will be asked to participate in the show by playing tiny drums built into their chairs.
Two other musicals about the president were performed in other countries last year: "Obama On My Mind" in London and "Obama: The Musical" in Nairobi, Kenya.