Kate Prince has really broken the mould with her hip hop musicals. Following on from the critical success of Into The Hoods, she has a unique way not only of storytelling through dance, but transplanting hip hop movement from the street onto the stage in a way that is compelling, authentic and easy to translate. She’s fast becoming the Matthew Bourne of the street dance world.
A scene from Some Like it Hip Hop at the Peacock theatre, London Photo: Simon Prince
The biggest difference with the new narrative (based on Some Like It Hot) is the fantastic original score composed by DJ Walde and Josh Cohen. While the music comes second to the dancing (and you feel in this case, that’s the way it should be) the beats of the break scenes and the harmonies of the big hits make for some lush listening.
Set in a man’s world where there’s no need for women other than to do menial tasks, two feisty femmes decide the only way to make it big is to dress up as dudes and prove the mean-spirited - really just misunderstood - governor wrong.
Lizzie Gough of So You Think You Can Dance fame as Jo-Jo and Teneisha Bonner - who gave a memorable performance as Spinderella in Into The Hoods - as Kerri are fantastic in their respective roles, each bringing a fresh and vital dynamic to the stage.
The choreography is persistently original and exciting, combining contemporary dance and hip hop with ease, creating traditional duets that sit seamlessly alongside break dance battles.
The show is fun, creative, musically progressive and has the entire audience on its feet for the finale. Definitely one to see.