Yesterday, I posted a music video of the title song of das musical, Hinterm Horizont (Beyond the Horizon), which was playing in Berlin when I was there for the international tech trade show. The musical has a Romeo-and-Juliet story caused by the Berlin Wall, crafted around songs by popular German pop-rocker Udo Lindenberg.
I thought you might like to see a 8-1/2-minute excerpt from the show that was presented on German television. (The full video runs an additional four minutes.) The performance features a surprise appearance by Lindenberg himself who joins the cast. As I mentioned in my earlier post, Lindenberg strikes me (from interviews and videos I've seen) as a "more-pop version of Joe Cocker -- a 'rock-poet' rough around the edges, with a brain that got fried a few decades ago by too many drugs and alcohol." I have no idea if that latter is true, of course, but watching the video, you'll at least see part of why I made that assessment. You can assess for yourself. I still do enjoy the title song.
For reasons that are inexplicable to non-German-speaking me is why at the end everyone is taking shots of something that doesn't appear to be alcohol, more like a mango smoothie, except when you see people drinking it. Perhaps anyone seeing the video who does sprechen zie Deutsch can translate. I suspect they're celebrating the show's opening, or maybe that Ude Lindenberg is able to remain on his feet and semi-coherent. At a certain point, the TV program's host recognize that they've lost control, and it's now the Ude Lindenberg Hour. That aside, the guy does have a stage personality and clearly loves performing his songs.
Hinterm Horizont stars Serkan Kaya as a fictional, and rational, young 'Udo Lindenberg," and the terrific Josephin Busch as 'Jessy,' the fictional East German girl he meets.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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