ZooNation Dance Company presents the world premiere of Some Like It Hip Hop
Award-winning Sadler’s Wells Resident Company ZooNation brings Some Like It Hip Hop to the Peacock Theatre. Created by ZooNation founder Kate Prince and Felix Harrison, the show is the company’s first full-length production since the award-winning West End smash hit, Into the Hoods.
Inspired by Billy Wilder’s much loved film and Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, Some Like It Hip Hop is a comical tale of love, mistaken identity and cross-dressing; all played out in ZooNation’s trademark style of hip hop, comedy and physical theatre.
Directed by Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Kate Prince, with original music by DJ Walde and Josh Cohen, the cast includes Tommy Franzen (So You Think You Can Dance), Lizzie Gough (So You Think You Can Dance) and Teneisha Bonner (StreetDance 3D, Shoes, Into the Hoods).
Teneisha Bonner plays Kerri Kimbalayo in Some Like It Hip Hop. Bonner has been a member of ZooNation since 2004 and she created the role of “Spinderella” in the company’s award-winning Into the Hoods. Her other credits include Shoes the musical at Sadler’s Wells and the film StreetDance 3D. Her commercial credits include dancing for Kylie Minogue, Black Eyed Peas, Rhianna, Alesha Dixon, Bobby Valentino and Jamelia, and she recently finished performing in Take That’s Progress tour.
Tommy Franzen, who plays Simeon Sun in Some Like it Hip Hop, grew up in Sweden and worked in musical theatre and hip hop dance shows there until 2000 when he moved to London to study at The Urdang Academy. He rose to fame on BBC talent show So You Think You Can Dance, and appeared in the films Mamma Mia and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. His other stage credits include Blaze and Insane in the Brain.
Lizzie Gough plays Jo Jo Leblonski in Some Like It Hip Hop. Gough has performed in music videos, commercials, TV shows and live performances worldwide. She trained in musical theatre before becoming a professional dancer in 2004. Since then, she has appeared in Take That’s The Circus tour and hip hop dance show Blaze. She appeared alongside Tommy Franzen in the BBC talent show So You Think You Can Dance.
Kate Prince founded ZooNation in 2002, providing a permanent base for street dancers working in the increasingly volatile commercial music industry. The company works with and motivates young people through scholarship programmes and workshops and brings hip hop culture to a wider audience by developing narrative street dance theatre.
Prince directed and co-choreographed Into the Hoods (which was co-written by Felix Harrison), which first premiered at the Peacock Theatre in 2006, later opening at the Novello Theatre in 2008. It became both the first ever hip hop dance show to open in the West End and the longest running dance show in the West End’s history. The show won the Theatregoers’ Choice Award for Best Ensemble Performance, and Kate Prince was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Theatre Choreographer.
Kate Prince choreographed So You Think You Can Dance for the BBC, and her film work includes the movie Streetdance3D. She was lead choreographer for the Beijing Olympic and Paralympic handover ceremonies with dancers from ZooNation, CandoCo and the Royal Opera House.
ZooNation performs at venues, festivals and events around the world, including Breakin’ Convention, Sadler’s Wells’ annual international festival of hip hop dance theatre. In 2010 ZooNation became a Resident Company at Sadler’s Wells, and Kate Prince became an Associate Artist.
Info: 7.30pm | Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street, London WC2A 2HT| www.sadlerswells.com