Freestyle Love Supreme
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Freestyle Love Supreme
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Freestyle Love Supreme NYC Reviews and Tickets

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Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious, Intelligent

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.

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Quirky, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy a fantastic improv ensemble who are quick on their feet, funny, and talented. Audience participation based on volunteers.

Don't see it if you don't like a show that is largely influenced by audience input and different every night, or you want to see a narrative play/musical

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Clever, Entertaining, Overrated, Funny, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy improv. The show is light on substance but a fun evening at the theater.

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Critic Reviews (13)

The New York Times
February 12th, 2019

“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 attentiveness.”
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The Hollywood Reporter
February 12th, 2019

“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.”
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Entertainment Weekly
February 12th, 2019

“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.”
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The Observer
February 12th, 2019

“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 genius.”
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The Washington Post
February 12th, 2019

“’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.”
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AM New York
February 12th, 2019

“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.”
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Theatermania
February 12th, 2019

“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.”
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BroadwayWorld
February 13th, 2019

“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.”
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New York Stage Review
February 12th, 2019

“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.”
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New York Stage Review
February 12th, 2019

“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.”
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The Guardian (UK)
February 13th, 2019

“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.”
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The Stage (UK)
February 12th, 2019

“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.”
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Daily Beast
February 12th, 2019

“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."
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