New York: Continuing his NY success, “The compelling contemporary balladeer” (Theatermania) Baba Brinkman continues his NY success with an extended run of The Canterbury Tales Remixed, directed by Darren Lee Cole, featuring turntablism by Mr. Simmonds. The show will NOW run through January 29, 20112.
The Canterbury Tales Remixed, which began on November 23 and opened on December 4, will now run through running through January 29, 2012 (originally set to close on January 8) at the SoHo Playhouse (15 Vandam Street). Tickets are $55-$19.50, to purchase visit www.SoHoPlayhouse.com or call OvationTix customer service toll-free: 866-811-4111.
“Baba Brinkman has unlocked another intimidating masterpiece. He has convincingly intellectualized hip-hop and (re)popularized Chaucer. His parallels between “The Canterbury Tales” and modern hip-hop, makes a surprisingly persuasive (and entertaining) case.” NY Times.
Geoffrey Chaucer’s timeless Canterbury Tales comes to vivid life in an “entertaining and brilliant” (Time Out) virtuoso performance linking today’s hip-hop lyrics with the greatest stories ever told. Framed by gripping re-imaginings of the epic poems Gilgamesh and Beowulf, Canadian hip-hop artist Baba Brinkman forges a new masterpiece out of the rawest material etched onto vinyl, or carved into clay tablets. Just like the most heart-wrenching songs by Eminem or Kanye West, these ancient Tales are infused with lust, betrayal, infidelity, greed, jealousy, ambition, and the endless struggles between men and women seeking happiness.
Baba Brinkman brings you a rich theatrical experience filled with laugh-out-loud hilarity and riveting storytelling, tracing a thread from Chaucer’s venal Merchant and sensuous Wife of Bath to the muscular heroes of ancient lore, so similar to today’s hip hop stars in their perpetual quest for glory. The Canterbury Tales Remixed is a truly modern telling of classic tales that will amaze young and old alike.