Producers Thomas Kail, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jenny and Jon Steingart, Jill Furman and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announce that FREESTYLE LOVE SUPREME founding member and Grammy® and Emmy Award® winner and Tony Award® nominee Christopher Jackson (Hamilton, In the Heights) will join the national tour of FREESTYLE LOVE SUPREME as a special guest at the 8 p.m. performances May 10-14 and the 2 p.m. matinees on May 14 and 15 in the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater.
The critically acclaimed hip hop sensation and recipient of a 2020 Special Tony Award® was
conceived by Anthony Veneziale and created by Washington, D.C. –area native Thomas Kail, Lin Manuel Miranda, and Anthony Veneziale in 2004 before In The Heights and Hamilton. Following a
highly-anticipated Broadway return and the release of the Grammy®–nominated Hulu
documentary, We Are Freestyle Love Supreme, this “hugely entertaining dream of a show and a
phenomenon” (Time Out New York) is a non-stop blend of hip hop, improvisational theater,
music, and vocal stylings. The 90-minute show, called “completely genius” by Politico, is created
nightly with the audience and 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!”
Directed by Kail, FREESTYLE LOVE SUPREMEis a blend of hip-hop, improvisational theater,
music and vocal styling with special surprise guests at select performances. The show that
Entertainment Weekly calls “lightning in a bottle” and Rolling Stone describes as “pure joy” 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
FREESTYLE LOVE SUPREME’s company on tour includes Andrew Bancroft AKA “Jelly
Donut;” Richard Baskin, Jr. AKA “Rich Midway;” Jay C. Ellis AKA “Jellis J;” Aneesa Folds
AKA “Young Nees;” Mark Martin AKA “Mandible;” Kaila Mullady AKA “Kaiser Rözé;”
Morgan Reilly AKA “Hummingbird;” James Rushin AKA “Not Draggin;” Dizzy Senze AKA
Dizzy; Chris Sullivan AKA “Shockwave;” and Anthony Veneziale AKA “Two Touch.”
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 of New York and
many states, as well as on Broadway, at the U.S. Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival,
Melbourne Comedy Festival, and the Montreal Just for Laughs Festival.
FREESTYLE LOVE SUPREMEis produced by Thomas Kail, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jenny
and Jon Steingart, and Jill Furman.It features set design by Beowulf Boritt; costume design
by Lisa Zinni; lighting design by Jeff Croiter; and sound design by Nevin Steinberg.
Tickets from $45 are currently on sale and may be purchased at kennedy-center.org, in-person at
the Kennedy Center Box Office, or by calling (202) 467-4600.
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