Even if you don't like hip-hop, there's every chance that this show will make you smile, groove along in your seat and even stand up and join in the genial curtain-call routine that has the theatre circle going seismic: it actually shakes with the enthusiastic foot-stomping.
The reason for this feel-good factor, and the frequent squeals of delight from the younger elements in the house? It has to be the creative nous of director/writer/choreographer and lyricist Kate Prince, the dynamic force behind the award-winning ZooNation company, whose last mega-hit, the Bank of Scotland Herald Angel-winning Into the Hoods, was a hotter-than-hot ticket on the Fringe eight years ago.
Prince cites the film Some Like It Hot as a source of inspiration. Well, there are some details in common, cross-dressing being one of them. But plot-lines aren't the strong points here. The loose alliance of despotic male supremacy (at the expense of subservient women), mistaken identity – compounded by two feisty females donning suits and mustaches – and a need to let the sun shine in (quite literally) is hardly more than a framework for dance routines that take hip-hop styles in inventively fresh directions. Prince's seemingly inexhaustible flair for using virtuoso locking, popping, breaking, krumping, and other moves that make the head spin, to express more than physical prowess gives this musical comedy real dramatic tension and emotional clout.
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A hip-hop love duet that's sweet and tender? An ensemble number about the joy of reading books and getting educated? It's hip-hop as we'd like to see it done more often –especially when the dancers, vocalists, musicians and beat-boxers are as slick, sassy and talented as Team ZooNation.