Can’t get tickets to Hamilton? (Yeah, us neither.) But you just might have more luck with Lin-Manuel Miranda’s other show on Broadway, Freestyle Love Supreme.
This improv performance at the Booth Theater takes audiences on a different hip-hop journey each night, complete with on-the-spot riffs, lightning-fast raps and full-blown musical numbers.
Co-founded by Miranda, the eponymous group has been around for more than 15 years but has now taken its popular show to the main stage after a sell-out season off-Broadway last winter.
Each night, the rotating cast takes suggestions from the audience to create freestyle raps, and it’s already gaining a celebrity fan following. According to comedian Jimmy Fallon, it’s “the hottest ticket on Broadway. Unbelievable stuff.”
With special guest appearances from Miranda himself (alongside Christopher Jackson, Daveed Diggs, James Monroe Iglehart, Wayne Brady and more), audiences really won’t know what's coming each night.
But if you do happen to catch a performance with the Hamilton star, don’t expect to snap a selfie with him. All audience members are required to store their cell phones and other smart devices in pouches before the show in order to eliminate disruptions. (Um, can we do this in movie theatres, too?)
Interested? The show’s Broadway run began on October 2nd, 2019 and will finish on January 2nd, 2020. You can get tickets at the box office or online here. Ticket prices start at $59. And if you’re feeling lucky, you can enter the show’s lottery system to enter daily drawings for $35 tickets (plus $3 service charge).
And if seeing these guys do their thing on stage leaves you feeling inspired, check out the Freestyle Love Supreme Academy. Created and run by FLS members, the school offers an eight-week Foundations of Freestyle course (seven three-hour classes plus a live performance in the eighth week) plus corporate workshops and performances. Students learn beatboxing, improv skills, word flow and storytelling through music. And after completing the course, participants can take part in monthly Rap Recess sessions and audition for more courses.
Don’t think you’re cool enough to get into the Academy but know a teenager with serious flow? The Academy also offers a weeklong summer camp for kids age 12 to 18. What rhymes with hell yeah?