Freestyle Love Supreme, the hip-hop improv sensation from the creators of Hamilton and In the Heights, is back on Broadway in a limited run at the Booth Theatre through January 2, 2022.
Conceived by Anthony Veneziale and created by Thomas Kail, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Veneziale, Freestyle Love Supreme features comedy artists who spin suggestions from audience members into humorous bits and musical numbers, created live every night—no two shows are ever the same.
The show’s company includes Andrew Bancroft AKA “Jelly Donut,” Kurt Crowley AKA “The Lord and Lady Crowley,” Tarik Davis AKA “Tardis Hardaway,” Aneesa Folds AKA “Young Nees,” Kaila Mullady AKA “Kaiser Rözé,” Chris Sullivan AKA “Shockwave,” and Veneziale AKA “Two-Touch.”
Special unannounced guests are planned for select performances during the run; these may include Freestyle Love Supreme members Miranda, Christopher Jackson, Daveed Diggs, James Monroe Iglehart, Wayne Brady, Ashley Pérez Flanagan, Arthur Lewis, Bill Sherman, Utkarsh Ambudkar and Alex Lacamoire. Upcoming announced special guests include Laura Benanti, Lil Buck and Jon Boogz.
The show also is offering a daily digital lottery for $25 tickets for each performance.
Freestyle Love Supreme was originally developed and produced in 2004 by Ars Nova and made its Broadway debut in 2019. Its name pays homage to “A Love Supreme,” a 1965 album by jazz saxophonist John Coltrane. It has been performed in all five boroughs of New York and many states, and at comedy festivals in Scotland, Australia and Canada. It recently received a 2020 Special Tony Award and also is the subject of a Hulu documentary, We Are Freestyle Love Supreme.
In a recent interview, Veneziale said he began doing improv in the 1990’s as a sophomore at Wesleyan College, in Middletown, Conn., where he first met Miranda, also a student there. The current production of Freestyle Love Supreme opened on Broadway in September 2019 and ran through January of 2020, right before New York theater shut down because of the pandemic; it reopened there earlier this fall.
“Before the pandemic I felt audiences were genuinely surprised by the show. Since the pandemic they need it so much,” he explained.
Veneziale also is the chief executive of the FLS Academy, which offers classes on freestyle rap, and a co-founder of Speechless Inc., which he describes as an “improv thinking company that helps humans create, collaborate and find their authentic voice.”