Author and composer Randall Hutchins created the show, with a score blending pop, rock, soul, gospel, R&B and hip hop styles.
In Hope..., according to press notes, "we see through the eyes of the inhabitants in an apartment-sharing community. We experience the American society which is distressed by the prevailing economical-political chaos, lost in social helplessness – disoriented. People of different origin and political parties find themselves united in the hope for a new beginning. Hence, the battle for the election of the 44th president of the US finds its way into their everyday lives and starts affecting the people in an unprecedented way, letting them share the hope for a better future, despite all the differences."
The 30-person cast consists largely of well-known American performers. Jimmie Wilson and Della Miles - remembered by many as The Prince and Ella in Michael Jackson's 1990s fairy tale adaptation, Sisterella - star as Barack and Michelle Obama.
Original Weather Girls lead singer Dynelle Rhodes is featured as Shirley Wickerson, "Golden Gospel Singers" vocalist Boysie White appears as Reverend Wright and Kevin Iszard of the R&B group Format is featured as Marvin Johnson. Michigan-born musical theatre performer Tracy Plester, a popular leading lady in Germany, takes on the dual roles of Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin.
Also featured are renowned German pop singer David Hanselmann as John McCain, Love Newkirk as Elaine Johnson, Timothy Riley as Ricardo, Dunja Koppenhöfer as Mrs. Schultz, Harriett Lewis as Michelle Obama's mother and Lerato Sebele as Ruby. Here is a first look at the hip-hop dance infused musical stage show:
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