Hop till you drop

Some Like it Hip Hop

Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

****

THIS is a blistering non-stop show that was rewarded with a screaming standing ovation from the first night audience.

A terrific cast spin, twist, leap, somersault and sing with amazing skill in the story of a city's grieving Governor Okeke (Duwane Taylor) shutting out sunlight, banning books and insisting women should be seen and not heard, following the death of his wife.

A bit of girl power triumphs in a happy ending, with Carrie-Anne Ingrouille (Jo-Jo) and Minica Beason (Kerri) a delight as the girls ejected from the city but returning dressed as men - plus wigs and moustaches - and resembling the Marx Brothers!

Outstanding performances, too, from Denny Haywood (Simeon) and Ross Green, the smiling Narrator with a Welsh accent.

Before ZooNation's thrilling show, there was a five-minute curtain-raiser by 22 Black Country teenagers selected from local secondary schools following the Grand's first Schools Dance Project, teaching them how to body pop, lock and break-dance.

To Nov 21.

Paul Marston

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