The best place to start the story about this revolution is in Hamburg’s warehouse district, Kehrwieder 6. In the brick building, the headquarters of Stage Entertainment Germany, it should be rehearsed straight away. A sultry September day, 26 days until the premiere. A couple stops in front of the entrance. The woman, with a sunflower print on her T-shirt, looks at the advertising pillar with a “Hamilton” poster stuck to it. “Volker, what’s that supposed to be for a Hamilton?” She asks her companion. He suspects: “Maybe the Formula 1 driver?” – “Oh, darling, that’s nothing for me,” she decides.

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