The acclaimed suspense novelist, screenwriter, and essayist Andrew Klavan notes that a group of Germans recently produced a musical about Barack Obama, called Hope: The Obama Musical Story.
The first question I have is whether there has ever been a great musical with a colon in the title. The second concerns the overall wisdom of such a thing, aptly stated by Klavan: “If I were a German and found myself starting to idolize a charismatic political figure . . . I would stop. Quickly. Right now.”
But as Klavan points out, a musical about Obama is a great idea; it just has to be done right. “I think I’ll call it,” Klavan says, “President Me!”
And here, by kind permission of the author, is a summary of this great moment in theatrical history: