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Freestyle Love Supreme

From 13 critic and 31 member reviews
Members say: Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Intelligent, Masterful

About the show

Conceived by Thomas Kail, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Anthony Veneziale, this high-energy show is a blend of hip-hop, improvisational theater, music, and vocal stylings, all backed by live music from keyboards and beats. More…

Performers take the crowd on a non-stop, hip-hop improv ride, spinning cues from the audience into instantaneous riffs and fully realized musical numbers. No two shows will ever be the same. Featuring  Special and Spontaneous Guests: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Christopher Jackson, James Monroe Iglehart, and Daveed Diggs.

Note: All cell phones will be checked upon entering the theater.



95
The Hollywood Reporter

“This wondrous collective delivers hilarious improvisational comedy, only in rhyme and with music...Their ability to transform suggestions into complex, rapid-fire rapping, spoken-word passages and full-blown musical numbers is simply mind-blowing...The verses were filled with amusing one-liners...Directed by Kail...the show proves fast, furious, funny and wildly entertaining. It is also blissfully free from distractions.” Full Review

95
The Observer

“So brilliant, so ephemeral. The world’s best stenographer couldn’t keep up with the rapid-flow of newly minted, slangy couplets and internal rhyme chains...If it seems like an impossible...feat, creating songs and vignettes...despite the fact that the building materials were supplied that instant, well…the boys have help...But they still have to slot in new words and narrative on a dime, keep to the beat, strain to maintain the euphony and be funny...Night of lyrical, comical, syncopated gen... Full Review

95
The Washington Post

“’Freestyle Love Supreme’ is the brainchild of Miranda...It’s a delightfully wit-laced evening of comedy rap devised on the spot by a tight cadre of performers, backed by a pair of equally deft instrumentalists...The fast-thinking geniuses who turn audience suggestions into hilarious, rapid-fire rhyme leave you feeling happy...The show is reinvented at every outing, and the performers so seamlessly transform even the most absurd ideas into rapped stories.” Full Review

90
The New York Times

“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 secret...is the cast’s commitment to deep attentive... Full Review

90
Daily Beast

“An excellent production...Improvised hip-hop, song, and movement are made thrillingly universal through audience participation...A brisk, extremely funny 75 minutes...The charming thing about the group is they are not absolutely, smoothly right on target all the time. They’re not a precise quartet. It’s a pleasure to watch them wrestle with the artistic process...and make something so good up on the spot, but with all the roughened edges." Full Review

85
Theatermania

“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.” Full Review

85
BroadwayWorld

“The only part of ‘Freestyle Love Supreme’ that doesn't bounce off an audience response comes at the very beginning when four voices announce a ‘mic check’...Fast and funny...Although the quick riffs off of topics such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's recent ‘bad guy’ presentation and the headlines concerning Jeff Bezos provide great laughs it's the enormous trust and teamwork on display that makes ‘Freestyle Love Supreme’ such a pleasure to watch.” Full Review

80
The Guardian (UK)

“The 'Hamilton' creator’s goofily entertaining show has been around since 2004 and...it’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.” Full Review

80
AM New York

“A quirky, high-energy, all-male vocal ensemble that combined improvisational comedy with hip-hop...The 75-minute show consisted of spontaneous riffs and impressively elaborate raps based on audience suggestions...The improvised rapping was both verbally sharp and musically robust, with the lead vocalists aided by human percussive effects and keyboardists providing bass and melody, while the tone alternated between broadly comic and genuinely heartfelt.” Full Review

80
New York Stage Review

“Miranda emerged as the most verbally adroit freestyler, exhibiting an often self-deprecating wit and a willingness to go with the goofy flow when inspiration was less forthcoming. But Ambudkar’s more relaxed, droll rapping, which made deft reference to his Indian-American identity, could be equally impressive...’Freestyle Love Supreme’ is, without question, an exuberant crowd-pleaser that’s sure to get your mind off whatever’s bothering you—if you’re lucky enough to score a ticket.” Full Review

80
New York Stage Review

“I never thought I’d see Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner Lin-Manuel Miranda playing a seizure-ridden dog...This unlikely scenario came from, like pretty much all of ‘Freestyle Love Supreme’s’ improvised hip hop numbers, an audience prompt...Of course, there’s no telling what—or who—you’ll see at ‘Freestyle Love Supreme’...Don’t be bummed if Miranda isn’t at your show. Yes, it’s pretty cool to see him in his element...But the FLS crew is pretty tight.” Full Review

80
Entertainment Weekly

“A unique blend of improvisational theater and hip-hop music...Due to the very nature of improv, no two performances of ‘Freestyle Love Supreme’ will be exactly the same...That variance is further enhanced by the changes in lineups during shows...The creative performers on stage never miss a chance to turn something into a musical moment...With such a style, there’s no such thing as dead air.” Full Review

65
The Stage (UK)

“It’s fascinating to see the origins of Miranda’s highly distinctive rap vocabulary...But for all the bravado, ingenuity and skill on display, it’s hard to shake off the sense that the performers at times seem to be having even more fun than the audience. More than one improvisational set piece outstays its welcome and there’s also a disconcerting male air to it all, with no women in the company at all. Still, they’re a likeable troupe.” Full Review


100
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Delightful, Funny

See it if Show if for everyone- so clever and so fast performers came up with raps. Unbelievably fantastic, I was falling out of my seat w/ laughter

Don't see it if EVERYONE should see it. I will try to see again by lottery, If you can score a ticket- RUN to the theater no matter what it costs.

Also Lin-Manuel Miranda performed, If I could give show a 150 rating I woul... Read more Read less

100
Entertaining, Funny, Ambitious

See it if if you love improve from a bunch of nerdy theatre dudes. And if you love to smile - its nearly a perfect show every time

Don't see it if you just want the Lin show - he may or may not be there and the rest of the group is just as brilliant without him as they are with him

100
Clever, Funny, Intelligent, Relevant, Remarkable

See it if If you like brilliant improviser-hip hop artists who are quick on their feet, great with an audience, and packed with energy and charm.

Don't see it if If you want a predictable straight drama.

100
Funny, Amazing, Great rapping

See it if You like hip hop (freestyle in particular), you want shows that are interactive.

Don't see it if If you don’t like hip hop

Also I didn’t think Lin would be there but he showed up and brought down th... Read more Read less

98
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

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

Also each night there is a different guest, and i was luck enough to be the... Read more Read less

96
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great staging, Masterful

See it if Amazing, creative and stylist Rap.

Don't see it if don't like rap.

95
Hilarious, Masterful, Ambitious, Clever, Delightful

See it if you want to see real word wizards at work (I got lucky with Lin Manuel Miranda and Daveed Diggs as the guests, but EVERYONE is brilliant)

Don't see it if you're looking for a show - this is more of a concert but wonderful

95
Spontaneous, Edgy, Great writing, Hilarious, Intelligent

See it if you want to see improv masters at work, with an element of surprise thrown in.

Don't see it if you’re expecting Lin-Manuel. He’s not there every night.

95
Clever, Great singing, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if If you tend to be amazed by Hamilton-esque witty rap, then this is the show for you. The "players" were thoughtful, intelligent, energetic.

Don't see it if Must like IMPROV-style with audience suggestions.

95
Absorbing, Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining, Intelligent

See it if You like interactive freestyle hip hop and an evening full of fun and surprise. The actors are just genius!

Don't see it if You like a full story telling show

95
Clever, Great acting, Riveting, Non-stop awesome

See it if you like freestlye rap or LMM. The entire crew is crazy good, audience words flawlessly placed in the rhymes. Clean lyrics - yey.

Don't see it if you're a boring person or you don't like rap of any kind. The show is high energy the entire time.

Also Our Sunday visit included Lin-Manuel himself (we went nuts when he cam... Read more Read less

95
Absorbing, Clever, Intelligent, Masterful, Fun

See it if Just go. Fun, high energy, serious at times. Love the down to earth sentiments from the performers. I want to go again!

Don't see it if you can't just let go and see where the night takes you. If you can't shut your phone down.

94
Dizzying, Intelligent, Masterful, Hilarious, Refreshing

See it if these guys are just brilliant. See it to watch minds work so fast to come up with songs and stories on the spot. Its funny and so, so smart.

Don't see it if you're just going to see LMM. I was lucky enough to see this twice and he wasn't there either time. But go anyway.

93
Absorbing, Clever, Resonant, Masterful, Funny

See it if You like watching incredibly smart, talented people performing amazing feats of improv.

Don't see it if Honestly this show is so good everyone should see it if they can.

90
Clever, Entertaining, Intelligent, Funny

See it if You enjoy witty and clever freestyling and improvisation.

Don't see it if You don’t like hip hop at all, are looking for traditional show with plot, or don’t like improv.

Also Clever mix of freestyling and improv show. Funny and talented cast and... Read more Read less

90
Entertaining, Funny, Refreshing, Must see, Hilarious

See it if You like listening to freestyle hip hop...you will be amazed!

Don't see it if Rap music isnt your style

90
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Entertaining

See it if If you enjoy smart entertainment. This is improv, comedy and freestyle rapping. These guys are brilliant and so funny.

Don't see it if You don’t like to laugh.

89
Entertaining, Clever, Ambitious, Refreshing, Funny

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.

Also Run time is short, 1:15ish with no intermission. The ability of these ... Read more Read less

88
Clever, Entertaining

See it if improv and/or freestyle rap are of interest to you.

Don't see it if you are dumb if you have the opportunity and don’t take it.

88
Funny, Entertaining, Intelligent, Clever

See it if Like Funny clever improvisational songs . The audience feeds the cast words that the cast used to make a rap .

Don't see it if You don't like Hamilton Like Lyrics or rap . But really you should go !

85
Resonant, Masterful, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you are looking for an entertaining freestyle show under 90 minutes in an intimate space

Don't see it if you don’t think you would enjoy time spent with no access to your phone.

85
Ambitious, Clever, Delightful, Great singing

See it if you want to see an extremely talented and smart group of blokes spectacularly deliver improv in rap/song.

Don't see it if you don't want an improv show, for all their glitz this is still essentially the sort of thing you'll see at UCB/The Pit/Asylum etc.

Also Only on a couple of occasions did the show I saw transition from intel... Read more Read less

95
Funny, Hilarious, Clever, Delightful

See it if You like improv, quick thinking rap, and audience participation

Don't see it if You want an organized well planned plot/story line

95
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Riveting, Intelligent

See it if if you like Hamilton, great rapping/beatboxing/music, genuine stories

Don't see it if don't like improv

85
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you like improv; interaction with the audience; simultaneous invention of rhyme and rhythm; infectious, good spirited humor, surprise guests

Don't see it if you are irritated by hip-hop, don't feel comfortable "going with the flow," don't like audience members being put on the spot