Baba Brinkman Brings His Acclaimed, Award-Winning “The Rap Guide to Evolution” to NYC in May
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, PLEASE
INTERNATIONALLY RENOWNED RAP ARTIST AND ACTOR
BRINGS HIS ACCLAIMED, AWARD-WINNING SHOW
“ T H E R A P G U I D E T O E V O L U T I O N ”
TO NEW YORK CITY
FOUR PERFORMANCES ONLY
BEGINNING TUESDAY, MAY 4
New York, NY (4/22/2010) – Canadian actor and rap artist Baba Brinkman brings his latest acclaimed, award-winning production, The Rap Guide to Evolution, to New York City with four special performances at 45 Bleeker (45 Bleeker Street at Lafayette Street). Performances are Tuesday, May 4 at 4:00 p.m., Thursday May 6 at 4:00 p.m., Friday May 7 at 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 8 at 7:00 p.m. Developed with the support of the British Council, The Rap Guide to Evolution was featured in the summer of 2009 at the Cambridge Darwin Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe, where it won the prestigious Scotsman Fringe First Award for Best New Theatre Writing.
Following the worldwide success of his Rap Canterbury Tales, Baba Brinkman accepted the challenge to “do for Darwin what he did for Chaucer.” The Rap Guide to Evolution explores the history and current understanding of Darwin’s theory, combining hilarious remixes of popular rap songs with clever lyrical storytelling that covers Natural Selection, Sexual Selection, Evolutionary Psychology, and much more. Brinkman worked directly with Dr. Mark Pallen, author of The Rough Guide to Evolution, to ensure scientific and historical accuracy, making The Rap Guide to Evolution a powerful teaching tool as well as a laugh-out-loud comedy experience, and the first-ever peer-reviewed rap!
Tickets are $22.50 with student tickets for $15.00 and are available on Telecharge.com or by calling 212-239-6200.
Original music from the show can be found online at: www.babasword.com.
Praise for The Rap Guide to Evolution:
“ **** ” “Brilliantly conceived and effervescently performed…not only is it factually correct, it’s also dazzlingly intelligent…after seeing this show, you'll never look at a hip-hop music video in the same way again!”
– The Scotsman, Edinburgh
“ **** ” “One of the world’s great intelligent rappers…what Baba does is amazing – his knowledge of rap genres and styles is encyclopaedic…a flash of verbal fireworks!”
– BroadwayBaby.com, Edinburgh
“ **** ” “The juxtaposition of hip-hop with Darwin is striking. By boldly making use of hip-hop in a most unusual but still provocative way, Brinkman harmoniously fuses art with evolution.”
– Time Out Magazine, Hong Kong
“With lyrics that were sometimes sly, often hilarious, and always smart and thought-provoking, Brinkman married the fast, complex, literate delivery of Eminem with the evolutionary expertise and confrontational manner of Dawkins… A mesmerizing performance, one that would probably do more to convince school children of evolution’s validity than any BBC or PBS special could… Scientists, science teachers, and anyone evolution has provided with an open mind and a hint of musical rhythm should rush out to see this show if they’re fortunate enough for it to make an appearance nearby.”
– Science Magazine, Cambridge
“Go see Baba Brinkman – better yet – take your science class to see him!”
– Dr. Rick Zechman, Biology Departman Head, CSU Fresno
Baba Brinkman is a former tree-planter who worked in the Rocky Mountains of B.C. every summer for more than ten years, personally planting over one million trees. Since 2004 Baba has toured his award-winning hip-hop theatre show, The Rap Canterbury Tales, to dozens of cities around the world, including three critically-acclaimed runs at the Edinburgh Fringe. His rap adaptations are now used in hundreds of classrooms around the world. In 2008, Baba joined forces with UK BBC Slam Champion MC Dizraeli to form the hip-hop group Mud Sun, and they co-wrote and released two albums, including “The Rebel Cell,” a hip-hop play that was one of the biggest critical successes of the Edinburgh Fringe, winning the “Spirit of the Fringe Award.” Baba's latest project, The Rap Guide to Evolution won the prestigious Scotsman Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2009, and went on to tour the UK and USA, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin.
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