Some Like it Hip Hop is loosely based on Billy Wilder’s film, Some Like it Hot. Director, writer, choreographer and lyricist for the show, Kate Prince, has said the film is one of her favourites and she wanted to combine its elements with a dark time she experienced in her life. While the idea is a good one, I didn’t think it was executed as flawlessly as it could have been. There are moments when the storyline is too childish and cheesy.
However, this is easily forgotten and forgiven due to the quality of the show’s other elements, in particular the singing. Elloitte Williams-N’Dure and Sheree Dubois lead the vocals and sing the characters’ thoughts, and when I say sing, I mean saaaang.
These two are note perfect whether they are singing in dulcet tones or belting out a top note. DJ Walde and Josh Cohen, joint composers and musical directors for the show, should be credited with creating the soundtrack to the show.
With Some Like it Hip Hop being a Zoonation production, the same dance company that produced the award winning Into The Hoods, I had high expectations for the choreography and the dancing. And those expectations were met with ease. The dance battle scenes were spectacular and the parody of modern day dances, like the Dougie and Row Da Boat, had me in stitches.
Some Like it Hip Hop is funny, entertaining and definitely worth the ticket price of £12-£38. The show also has some famous fans. Aston from JLS was in the audience on the press night; much to the delight of his screaming fan base.
Aston was good enough to spend some time in the interval taking pictures with fans, he also loved the show as he tweeted
Some Like it Hip Hop is at the Peacock Theatre, London until 13 October, after which it will then tour nationwide until 21 November.