BERLIN (Reuters):
A German musical celebrating 20 of the top hits from pop star Udo Juergens has become the show to see in Berlin after the German-speaking world's answer to Frank Sinatra died at the age of 80 late last year. The musical "Ich war noch niemals in New York" (I've never been in New York) takes its title from one of Juergens's easy listening "Schlager" (hit songs) and has been filling the 1,600-capacity Theater des Westens since its March 25 premiere.
Juergens, who sold more than 105 million records and wrote hundreds of original tunes and covers of songs from Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Bing Crosby and Matt Monro, had a 64-year career that took off after he won the Eurovision Song Contest for his native Austria in 1966.
The musical features many of his best-known hits such as "Siebzehn Jahr, blondes Haar" (17 and Blond Hair), "Griechischer Wein" (Greek Wine) and "Aber bitte mit Sahne" (But with Whipped Cream, Please), all catchy tunes that made him a household name in Germany, Austria and Switzerland for decades.