New York. big apple Place of longing since long ago. Not only immortalized by Frank Sinatra, also here in Germany in the evergreen of the legendary Udo Jürgens, the text penned by Michael Kunze. “I’ve never been to New York, I’ve never been really free. Be crazy for once and flee from all constraints,” says the dropout hit from 1982. At that time “only” the B-side of “I wish you that”, the song was released again in 2001 as a regular single .

Gabriel Barylli and Christian Struppeck made a musical out of it in 2007, the song itself is just the thematic bracket, in fact it is a series of songs with the greatest hits by Udo Jürgens. It ran successfully in Hamburg for three years, followed by performances in Vienna, Stuttgart, Zurich, Tokyo, Berlin, Thun and a few more cities. Then followed in 2019 the film adaptation of “I’ve never been to New York”, which celebrates its free TV premiere on July 11, 2022 at 8:15 p.m. on Das Erste.

The story in short: TV presenter Lisa Wartberg is always busy until one day she falls and loses her memory. Her only clear thought: She has never been to New York – and that has to change. Oops, along with her mother and makeup artist Fred, she becomes a stowaway on a cruise ship that is about to depart. The destination, of course: New York. On board, the spectacle finally takes its course, there is amorous confusion, slapstick, dancing and of course lots of music.

Director Philip Stölzl shot videos for Rammstein and Madonna in the early noughties, staged numerous operas, filmed films such as “Nordwand”, “Goethe!” and “Winnetou – The Myth Lives” – and also “I’ve never been to New York”. in good hands with him. With a first-class cast of Katharina Thalbach, Heike Makatsch, Moritz Bleibtreu and Uwe Ochsenknecht, the crossing of the Atlantic is nothing less than full entertainment between “Traumschiff” and “Mamma Mia”, “ZDF Hitparade” and “Love Boat” – equipped in the style of the old Hollywood’s. Not necessarily perfectly sung, but brought to the stage with a lot of verve and exuberant fun, in short: perfect summer fun.

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The original of this post “I’ve never been to New York” in the first is the perfect summer treat” comes from TV Spielfilm.