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Following a successful limited Broadway engagement this fall that included a 2020 Special Tony Award®, the critically-acclaimed improv sensation FREESTYLE LOVE SUPREME, conceived by Philadelphia native Anthony Veneziale and created by Thomas Kail, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Anthony Veneziale, announced a national tour coming to the Kimmel Cultural Campus’ Miller Theater from June 7-12, 2022. The Broadway series in Philadelphia is presented by the Kimmel Cultural Campus and The Shubert Organization.
Produced by Kail, Miranda, Jenny & Jon Steingart, and Jill Furman, FREESTYLE LOVE SUPREME is an intermission-less, roller-coaster ride of a show that Rolling Stone calls “pure joy” and Entertainment Weekly describes as “lightning in a bottle.”
“Because the performers take suggestions from audience members during each performance, which they then spin into riffs and full-length musical numbers, no two performances of Freestyle Love Supreme are the same,” said Matías Tarnopolsky, president and CEO of The Philadelphia Orchestra and Kimmel Center, Inc. “We look forward to welcoming audiences for repeat visits during Freestyle Love Supreme’s special limited engagement. From the brilliant mind of Lin-Manuel Miranda, in partnership with Philadelphia native Anthony Veneziale, this electrifying show appeals to fans of hip-hop, musical theater, and comedic improv, as well as newcomers to the theater.”
Created before In the Heights and Hamilton and directed by Kail, FREESTYLE LOVE SUPREME is a thrilling, improvised musical comedy show that features talented performers providing non-stop action throughout this fast-paced evening, spinning suggestions from the audience into humorous bits, instantaneous songs and riffs, and fully realized musical numbers. The electrifying vocals of the performers – from singing to rapping to beat-boxing with harmonies and freestyle flow – are backed by tight tunes from keyboards and human percussion. The show is created live every night with the audience contributing words, ideas, and inspiration. No two shows are ever the same.
“We’ve had many of our happiest and most fulfilling creative moments working on Freestyle Love Supreme and are excited to see its next chapter unfold on this national tour,” said Thomas Kail and Lin-Manuel Miranda. “It is a show that consistently surprises us: we have no idea what to expect any time we do it – and isn’t that the true beauty of live theater? Freestyle Love Supreme wouldn’t want or have it any other way!”
FREESTYLE LOVE SUPREME’s company on tour includes Allentown, Pennsylvania native Morgan Reilly AKA “Hummingbird” and Philadelphia native Anthony Veneziale AKA “Two Touch” along with Andrew Bancroft AKA “Jelly Donut;” Simone Acosta AKA “Sims”; Richard Baskin, Jr. AKA “Rich Midway;” Jay C. Ellis AKA “Jellis J;” Mark Martin AKA “Mandible”; Kaila Mullady AKA “Kaiser Rözé;” James Rushin AKA “Shifty Hills;” and Dizzy Senze AKA “Dizzy”. Special spontaneous and unannounced guests are planned for select performances during the tour.
In name and beyond, FREESTYLE LOVE SUPREME pays homage to John Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme,” with a nod to musical roots in jazz, soul, blues and hip-hop. FREESTYLE LOVE SUPREME was originally developed and produced in 2004 by Ars Nova, in association with Jill Furman and Back House Productions. The show has played in all five boroughs and many states, as well as the U.S. Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Melbourne Comedy Festival, and the Montreal Just for Laughs Festival. Hulu premiered the documentary “We Are Freestyle Love Supreme” at the Sundance Film Festival in 2020 and the acclaimed film was nominated for a Grammy Award. Watch the 2021 Tony Award closing performance performed by FLS here. Watch Freestyle Love Supreme on NBC’s In the Wings special here.
FREESTYLE LOVE SUPREME features set design by Beowulf Boritt; costume design by Lisa Zinni; lighting design by Jeff Croiter; and sound design by Nevin Steinberg. Andy Jones and James Hickey are Executive Producers. General Management provided by Baseline Theatrical.
FREESTYLE LOVE SUPREME is part of the Kimmel Cultural Campus’ 2021-22 Broadway season, co-presented by The Shubert Organization. The remaining season also includes To Kill a Mockingbird and Dear Evan Hansen. For information on the full season lineup, dates, and venues, visit www.kimmelculturalcampus.org.
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Tickets: Tickets can be purchased by calling 215-893-1999 or online at www.kimmelculturalcampus.org. In-person ticket sales can be conducted daily from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. at the Academy of Music Box Office, located at 240 S. Broad Street. See www.kimmelculturalcampus.org for more information.