By Neri Frank ‘23
Before seeing Freestyle Love Supreme, I expected it would be a far from perfect show. Being the first freestyle rap show ever on Broadway, I thought that it would be sloppy and full of errors. After seeing the show, however, I’m happy to report that I was mistaken.
Freestyle Love Supreme is entirely improvised, so it is different every night, but it never fails to impress. The cast’s rapping and comedic skills are artful and mind-blowing. The artists bring in a well-known guest star every night: In the past, these have included Lin Manuel-Miranda (the writer and lead of Hamilton in the original cast), Wayne Brady (an actor in the TV show How I Met Your Mother and the Broadway musical Kinky Boots), and Christopher Jackson (the original George Washington in Hamilton on Broadway).
The show begins with a mic check and the rappers request words from the audience on which they will base a rap. The artists come up with raps on the spot, which will wow you beyond belief. The rappers continually engage the audience throughout the show, performing a “do-over moment” in which audience members share regrets of theirs and the cast re-enacts the scene as if the regret hadn’t taken place. The cast also interviews someone about their day and acts it out, which helps the audience understand someone else’s day from a different (and slightly hyperbolized) perspective.
This is a wonderful show that everyone should experience Be warned, though – it closes in January, so don’t hesitate to get your tickets at freestylelovesupreme.com! This audience-interactive show will amaze you and keep you laughing hysterically– it’s a show not to be missed. @freestylelovesupreme