REVIEW ROUNDUP: “Freestyle Love Supreme” Opened with a ShowScore of 86

Show-Score | Feb 13, 2019
“Freestyle Love Supreme,” directed by Thomas Kail, opened on February 12, 2019 in New York City. “Freestyle Love Supreme,” directed by Thomas Kail, opened on February 12, 2019 in New York City.


11 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 85.

Jesse Green 
The New York Times 
ShowScore: 90 
“Mostly improvised and entirely delightful hip-hop musical...If the words and action are unfailingly surprising, the music is more predictable, mostly bluesy chords that allow the improvisers to spin out noodles of melody...’Freestyle’ paradoxically soared when it took a breather from its giddy high spirits...And yet it is within the limits of improv, extremely tight, so that you never worry you will wind up watching the cast fall...The real the cast’s commitment to deep attentiveness.

Zachary Stewart
ShowScore: 85
“It's easy to dismiss all of this as dorky boys performing party tricks, but the fact that each show is devised on the spot makes ‘Freestyle Love Supreme’ the only rapid-response musical theater off-Broadway, with the content literally coming from the things the viewers and performers are thinking about...It's exhilarating to encounter lyrics that are as fresh as this morning's bread, and even more delicious.”
Alexis Soloski
The Guardian (UK)
ShowScore: 80
“The 'Hamilton' creator’s goofily entertaining show has been around since 2004’s more fun than ever...As long as you can tolerate a slant rhyme, there were cadences to delight the brain and the heart...The show will of course vary from performance to performance and there is no guarantee that Miranda, a wellspring of joy and an all-natural mood elevator, will participate on any given day...The evening’s low point was unfortunately its last and longest number.”

“Freestyle Love Supreme” was also reviewed by Matt Windman of AM New York, Christian Holub of Entertainment Weekly, Peter Marks of The Washington Post, David Cote of The Observer, Melissa Rose Bernardo of New York Stage Review, Mark Shenton of The Stage (UK), Elysa Gardner of New York Stage Review, and Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter.


The show was also reviewed by 7 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 89.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Ambitious

Annie Zel, ShowScore: 98
See it if… "You like rap, improvisation, cleverness and laughing!" 
Don't see it if…"You have a poor sense of humor, or want something serious." 
JoeyFranko, ShowScore: 91
See it if…"You’re a fan of some of the best freestyle rap/hip hop around. All set in a very fun atmosphere with little attitude." 
Don't see it if…"You’re too jaded to turn off your phone and just have fun in the moment or hate hip hop/rap music." 

SamanthaC, ShowScore: 89 
See it if… "You want to experience raw creative & comic talent jamming & improvising in a visceral, high energy intimate experience.
Don't see it if… "You are expecting a long or traditional show, don’t like audience participation or fast pacing."

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Note: The ShowScore displayed above is current as of right now, and may be different from the ShowScore when the article was published.