Freestyle Love Supreme on Broadway

“Freestyle Love Supreme” is not so much Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway follow-up to “Hamilton” as it is a subsidiary of Lin-Manuel Inc.  The hip-hop improv group that Miranda co-founded 16 years ago with fellow Wesleyan University alumni would certainly not be performing its spontaneous raps on Broadway at up to $199 a ticket were it not for Miranda’s  fame and the promise of his name…It is able to use the draw not just of Miranda but several other Hamilton-created stars as potential performers in the show, although their appearances are intermittent and “unannounced.” The show is so much closer to comedy club than Broadway fare that it includes a performance Monday nights at 10 p.m. That’s the show I attended…And yet, it is easy to appreciate this show….hard not to be dazzled by the verbal dexterity of the cast… Freestyle Love Supreme is designed to feel good-natured and informal, like friends sitting around a dorm room at Wesleyan, even though there are 766 of us and we’re at the Booth Theater…That goodwill goes a long way. If the show isn’t always a consummate entertainment, the performers are always impressive, and also fun. And if the performers are often more fun than funny, they are certainly never at a loss for words.

Full review on DC Theatre Scene

Click on any photograph by Joan Marcus to see it enlarged. (Note, not all the people pictured perform at every show.)


Author: New York Theater

Jonathan Mandell is a 3rd generation NYC journalist, who sees shows, reads plays, writes reviews and sometimes talks with people.

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