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Freestyle Love Supreme

June 21 - July 10

Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage
Old Globe Theatre
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

Photo Credits

(from left) Chris Sullivan, Jay C. Ellis, Anthony Veneziale, and Morgan Reilly. Photo by Joan Marcus.

Freestyle Love Supreme

Summary

June 21 – July 10, 2022

Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage
Old Globe Theatre
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

Conceived by Anthony Veneziale
Created by Thomas Kail, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Anthony Veneziale
Directed by Thomas Kail

Before Hamilton, before In the Heights, there was Freestyle Love Supreme. Now—direct from Broadway—the original hip-hop musical improv phenomenon from Thomas Kail, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Anthony Veneziale is coming to San Diego. The subject of the Hulu documentary We Are Freestyle Love Supreme, every performance of this Tony Award–winning and Grammy Award–nominated show brings the unexpected, as the crew takes the crowd on a freestyle, hip-hop, improvisational comedy ride. The performers take suggestions from the audience and spin them into instantaneous riffs and full-length musical numbers. See it for the first time—each time—as no two shows are ever the same. A “delightfully wit-laced evening of comedy rap for a wide range of ages” (The Washington Post).

Running time: One hour and 30 minutes. There is no intermission.

Program

Cast and Creatives

Cast

Creatives

Thomas Kail (Co-Founder/Director/Producer). Broadway directing credits include Hamilton, In the Heights, Lombardi and Magic/Bird. Off-Broadway selected directing credits include the world premiere of Hamilton, Dry Powder, Tiny Beautiful Things and Kings at The Public Theater; the world premiere of The Wrong Man at MCC Theater; the world premiere of In the Heights; Brokeology and the world premiere of When I Come to Die at Lincoln Center Theater; and the world premiere of Daphne’s Dive at Signature Theatre. Broadway producing credits include Derren Brown: Secret and Freestyle Love Supreme. Television directing and producing credits include Hamilton on Disney+, “Fosse/Verdon” on FX and “Grease: Live” on Fox. Graduate of Wesleyan University.

Cody Renard Richard (Associate Director) is ecstatic to be back with the FLS fam! Cody has worked on 14 Broadway productions, favorites include Pass Over, Hamilton, Kinky Boots and After Midnight. TV: “Annie Live!” (upcoming), VMAs, Tony Awards, “Jesus Christ Superstar Live!,” “Hairspray Live!,” “The Wiz Live!” Cirque du Soleil: Paramour, OVO, Wintuk. Other favorites: Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, City Center Encores! Cody has served as adjunct faculty at Columbia, Fordham and NYU. He has been featured by CNN, Forbes, Variety and as Out Magazine’s 2020 Out 100 honoree. CRR Scholarship program founder. codyrenard.com. @codyrenard.

Patrick Vassel (Associate Director). Broadway: Hamilton (associate and supervising director), Magic/Bird (AD). Off-Broadway: Freestyle Love Supreme (Greenwich House), Hamilton (The Public Theater), Working (Prospect). Credits include In a Little Room (Ten Bones); Sorin, Six Characters… (Notre Dame); Welcome to the Gun Show (ANT Fest); Nothing Left to Burn (O’Neill semi-finalist, Ars Nova ANT Fest).

Beowulf Boritt (Scenic Design). FLS at Ars Nova in 2005. Broadway: Act One (Tony Award), The Scottsboro Boys (Tony nomination), Thérèse Raquin (Tony nomination), Come From Away, Be More Chill, The New One, Bernhardt/Hamlet, Meteor Shower, A Bronx Tale, Prince of Broadway, Hand to God, Sondheim on Sondheim, …Spelling Bee, LoveMusik, Rock of Ages, Chaplin, Bronx Bombers, Grace, The Two and Only, On the Town, Sunday in the Park…. Off-Broadway: 100 shows.

Lisa Zinni (Costume Design). Freestyle Love Supreme (Broadway and Off-Broadway), West Side Story (IHI Stage Around 360 production in Tokyo), Remember Our Song and Breaking Bricks (Tulsa Ballet). Broadway associate designer of Six, School of Rock, Cats, An American in Paris, The Play That Goes Wrong, The Glass Menagerie, Hair and Rent (including the national and international tours) and “Rent: Live” on Fox. Twenty years of regional and Off-Broadway design credits. Web series Submissions Only. 3D curator for the Museum of Broadway. LisaZinni.com.

Jeff Crioter (Lighting Design). Broadway: Bandstand, Falsettos, Holiday Inn, Something Rotten!, Penn & Teller, Newsies, Peter and the Starcatcher, The Pee-wee Herman Show, Next Fall, Mothers and Sons, among others. Off-Broadway includes Beyond Babel, Mac Beth, The Other Josh Cohen, Smokey Joe’s Café, Jerry Springer: The Opera, Tiny Beautiful Things, Cost of Living and The Last Five Years. Received Tony, Hewes and Bass awards and Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Lortel, NAACP, Ovation and AUDELCO nominations. Jeff is a producer of the 4Wall Roundtable and the animated series “Light Humor.”

Nevin Steinberg (Sound Design). Recent Broadway: Freestyle Love Supreme, Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, Hadestown (Tony Award), Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen, The Cher Show, Bandstand, Bright Star, It Shoulda Been You, Mothers and Sons, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Tony nomination), The Performers, Magic/Bird. More than 30 Broadway productions with Acme Sound Partners and five additional Tony nominations: The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, Fences, Hair, In the Heights.

McKenzie Murphy (Production Stage Manager). Broadway: Mean Girls, Sunset Boulevard, Tuck Everlasting, If/Then, Cinderella, Peter and the Starcatcher, Wit, Everyday Rapture, Bye Bye Birdie, 9 to 5. Other credits include NBC’s “The Wiz Live!,” MTC, Signature Theatre, MCC. Thank you to Cody and my family!

Angela M. Griggs (Assistant Stage Manager). Broadway: Pass Over, Freestyle Love Supreme, Jagged Little Pill. Off-Broadway: Slave Play; Mlima’s Tale; Stuffed; Picnic; Come Back, Little Sheba. Touring: Once on This Island national tour. Other credits: Grow with Google tour, Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.

Holli Campbell (Company Manager). Broadway: Hamilton, The Humans, Blackbird, Dames at Sea, Gigi, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella and The Glass Menagerie. Director of curriculum for Beyond the Stage Door @beyondthestagedoor. She is a graduate of the University of Evansville and a proud New Orleanian. All my love to mom and Phil, Dad and Sue and Hannah.

Michael Aarons (Music Coordinator). Broadway: Jagged Little Pill, Moulin Rouge!, Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen, Flying Over Sunset, Diana. Off-Broadway: Little Shop of Horrors. Tours: Frozen, Hamilton (national tours, Los Angeles), Pretty Woman, Dear Evan Hansen. Aarons is a partner of M2 Music with Michael Keller. m2music.nyc.

Hudson Theatrical Associates (Technical Supervisor). Over 100 Broadway productions and tours. Recent: Chicken & Biscuits; David Byrne’s American Utopia; Mrs. Doubtfire; Caroline, or Change; Girl from the North Country; Jagged Little Pill; Hadestown; Ain’t Too Proud; Hamilton; Aladdin. HTA is a member of Neil A. Mazzella’s Hudson family, which includes Hudson Scenic Studio, Sean Gorski, Christy Perez, Sam Ellis, Frank Swann, Brianne Tabak and Irene Wang.

Candi Adams PR (Press Representative). Broadway: Freestyle Love Supreme (Special Tony Award), Al Pacino in The Merchant of Venice, Man of La Mancha with Brian Stokes Mitchell, Fortune’s Fool with Frank Langella, Fiddler on the Roof with Alfred Molina. Off-Broadway: Richard Nelson’s The Michaels Abroad; Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish, directed by Joel Grey. Press for The Public Theater (NY): Hamilton, Fun Home, Latin History for Morons, Seawall/A Life, Sweat, Eclipsed, Here Lies Love, Hair, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. candiadamspr.com.

Baseline Theatrical (General Management). Founded by Andy Jones in 2014 and joined by Nick Lugo, Baseline’s Broadway credits include Hamilton; Pass Over; Freestyle Love Supreme; Derren Brown: Secret; The Cher Show; The Great Comet…; The Last Ship. Off-Broadway: Audible Theatre at Minette Lane, The Enigmatist. National tours: Hamilton. Recently established Beyond the Stage Door, a no-cost educational intensive created to prepare underrepresented undergraduates for theater management careers. baselinetheatrical.com.

Lin-Manuel Miranda (Co-Founder/Producer). Pulitzer Prize, Grammy, Emmy and Tony award-winning songwriter, actor, director and producer. Creator and original star of Broadway’s Tony-winning Hamilton and In the Heights. Additional Broadway: Freestyle Love Supreme (2020 Special Tony Award recipient), Bring It On: The Musical (co-composer/co-lyricist, Tony nomination for Best Musical) and West Side Story (2009 revival, Spanish translations). Recipient of the 2015 MacArthur Foundation Award, the 2018 Kennedy Center Honors and the 2019 Portrait of a Nation Prize. Emmy Award winner with Tom Kitt for their song “Bigger” from the 67th Annual Tony Awards. Mr. Miranda, and The Miranda Family, are active supporters of initiatives that increase people of color’s representation throughout the arts and government, ensure access to women’s reproductive health and promote resilience in Puerto Rico. TV/film: “Hamilton” (2021 Emmy Award), “His Dark Materials,” “Fosse/Verdon,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm” (2018 Emmy nomination), “Saturday Night Live” (2017 Emmy nomination), “Sesame Street,” “The Electric Company,” “House,” “DuckTales,” “200 Cartas,” The Odd Life of Timothy Green, Moana (Grammy Award for Best Original Song), Mary Poppins Returns, In the Heights and Vivo. Additional 2021 film releases: tick, tick…BOOM! (film directorial debut) and Disney’s Encanto.

Jenny & Jon Steingart (Producers). Theater: Freestyle Love Supreme (Special Tony Award); Sir Patrick Stewart’s A Christmas Carol; Mean Girls; Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish; and Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812. Film/TV: “We Are Freestyle Love Supreme” (Hulu), Black Dynamite (Sony Film/Adult Swim TV). Co-founding partners of the Japanese animation studio Ultra Super Pictures (Trigger, Sanzigen, Ordet and Liden films) and FLS Academy. They are also the founders of Ars Nova, New York City’s premier theater for emerging artists and new work.

Jill Furman (Producer). Broadway: Freestyle Love Supreme (Special Tony Award), Hamilton (Tony Award), In the Heights (Tony Award), Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, The Heiress, Seminar, West Side Story, The Drowsy Chaperone, Sly Fox and Fortune’s Fool. Film/television: “Hamilton” (Emmy Award), In the Heights and “We Are Freestyle Love Supreme.” In 2011, Furman received the Robert Whitehead Award for Outstanding Achievement in Commercial Theater Producing. Furman is a co-founding partner of Freestyle Love Supreme Academy. She is on the board of the Lung Cancer Research Foundation, the Corporation of Brown University and the President’s Advisory Council for the Arts at Brown.

Freestyle Love Supreme is a stage show where MCs, musicians and beatboxers take the audience on a completely improvised musical ride, all based off of audience suggestions. FLS has performed on stages from Cape Town to Melbourne to Edinburgh to NYC and practically everywhere in between. They are the recipient of a special 2020 Tony Award and the subject of the Hulu documentary “We Are Freestyle Love Supreme.”

Freestyle Love Supreme Academy was created by members of Broadway’s hit show Freestyle Love Supreme in 2018 to foster an inclusive community of diverse, creative voices. FLS Academy teaches improv, beatboxing and freestyle rap, with a focus on supportive teamwork and telling your story! Learn more at FLS.Academy.