Magazine article The American Conservative

A Star Is Born

Magazine article The American Conservative

A Star Is Born

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Scott Brown popping out of his cake wasn't quite how President Obama would have chosen to celebrate his first year in office. But he might find comfort in "Hope--The Obama Musical," now playing in Frankfurt, Germany. While his polls plummet at home, he can still pack the Jahrhunderthalle's 2,000 seats.

The catchy score features such surefire hits as "Yes We Can!" and "Soccer Mom Pitbull." Like that heavenly host arrayed around the first messiah's manger, the cast of 30 sings, "Celebrate! Celebrate! Around the world every nation celebrate!" in honor of Obama's historic election.

Playwright Randall Hutchins, an American living in Germany, boasts that his masterpiece features many lines from actual campaign speeches--though the John McCain character doesn't reprise his famed rendition of "Bomb, Bomb Iran." Even Jeremiah Wright makes an appearance, if disappointingly in a benign gospel number rather than a duet with Louis Farrakhan.

Sarah Palin is there, fronting a bevy of barely clad dancers. …

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