A UK based theatre company is about to launch a musical based on the lives of the Beastie Boys called Licensed to Ill, and at the same time, will give the audience a history of hip-hop. The company says, “Join Mike D, MCA and Ad-Rock—the Beastie Boys—as they go from teenage punk rockers to international rapping legends.”
Created in conjunction with comedy hip-hop legends Abandonman and The Rubberbandits, Camden People’s Theatre will present the show from November 23 to December 12. Be forewarned, the play is “not for the easily offended.”
Licensed To Ill will be presented by Simon Maeder and Adam El Hagar, who head up the companies Superbolt Theatre and d’Animate respectively, but the pair decided to work together on the play as they wanted to join forces on something personal to them that they loved and that others would love too.
On the theatre’s website they say, “Using a mix of live music and DJing, we travel through time from the hip hoppers of late ’80s New York to the early ’90s gangsters of LA – all the way to the total globalisation of hip-hop. This loud, crazy show—a hip-hop history tour and a playful exploration of the rules of cultural appropriation—will have you laughing and gasping in equal measure. Whether you know your Ghostface Killas from your Ice Cubes or if you’ve never heard anyone rhyme to a beat in your life, you’re guaranteed a good time.”
The Beastie Boys’ story is an incredible one, from teenage punks, to being discovered by legendary producer Rick Rubin, and eventually being inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame. This is not your average rags to riches tale.
So, go check it out, and whether you’re into rap or not, we’re sure it’s going to be one hell of a night.
Camden People’s Theatre, 58-60 Hampstead Road, NW1 2PY
Dates & Times:
Mon 23 November – Sat 12 December, 7pm
Website & Box Office:
www.cptheatre.co.uk | 020 7419 4841