Today I went to watch Some Like It Hip Hop at the Peacock Theatre in London. Written by Kate Prince and Felix Harrison of ZooNation the show is a story of love, mistaken identity and revolution, in a city where books are banned, and where women are kept subservient to men. The story revolves around two central female characters, Jo-Jo and Kerri. When they are discovered breaking the rules of the city, they are thrown out. They decide they have only one option – to return to the city dressed as men. It doesn’t take long for the two women to prove their worth, and it also doesn’t take long for Jo-Jo to fall in love with Simeon, the only educated man in the city. If only she wasn’t wearing a moustache. . . It takes all their efforts to maintain their disguise, find love, and change the world.
Influenced by themes from the classic movie Some Like It Hot, the hit US TV series Mad Men, and Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, a complicated comical tale of love, mistaken identity, cross-dressing, gender stereo-types and revolution are played out in ZooNation’s trademark style of Hip Hop, comedy and physical theatre.
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One word describes the show….PHENOMENAL! With a small cast of extremely talented dancers, singers and musicians I was entertained from start to finish. With a clean and effortless flow the show had a great variety if hip hop styles not to mention it included a great balance of drama, comedy and emotion. I was blown away by the choreography with how it was cleverly put together and the pure imagination of the pieces. One of my favourite scenes included dancing to acoustic guitar as it was particularly creative with the lyrics in the song. I also loved the inclusion of beat boxing and audience participation at the end of the show. There are literally too many highlights to talk about them all! Maybe a better way is to look at this link to the trailer clip on YouTube and see for yourself: http://youtu.be/U4Vlh1aSiAE
I’d highly recommend anyone going to see this show. I can quite easily say it is the best show I have seen to date and I would go back to watch it again in a heartbeat!