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July 12 — August 7

Before Hamilton, before In the Heights, there was Freestyle Love Supreme, a 2020 Special Tony Award Recipient. Now – direct from Broadway – the hip-hop musical phenomenon from Thomas Kail, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Anthony Veneziale arrives at Pasadena Playhouse! Using cues from the audience, the cast takes you on a hip-hop comedy ride where no two performances are the same.  “Just as you were thinking that life has no rhyme nor reason, along comes Freestyle Love Supreme to pump you full of hope.” – The New York Times

Feel the rhythm. Feel the love.

“A delightfully wit-laced evening of comedy rap for a wide range of ages.”

-The Washington Post

Conceived by Anthony Veneziale

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

Directed by Thomas Kail

Produced by Thomas Kail, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jenny and Jon Steingart, and Jill Furman

90 minutes
No intermission

TICKETS: $30+

Before Hamilton, before In the Heights, there was Freestyle Love Supreme, a 2020 Special Tony Award Recipient. Now – direct from Broadway – the hip-hop musical phenomenon from Thomas Kail, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Anthony Veneziale arrives at Pasadena Playhouse! Using cues from the audience, the cast takes you on a hip-hop comedy ride where no two performances are the same.  “Just as you were thinking that life has no rhyme nor reason, along comes Freestyle Love Supreme to pump you full of hope.” – The New York Times

Feel the rhythm. Feel the love.

“A delightfully wit-laced evening of comedy rap for a wide range of ages.”

-The Washington Post
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Cast

Andrew Bancroft

Andrew Bancroft

AKA Jelly Donut

Andrew Bancroft

Andrew Bancroft is a writer and performer in New York. He made his Broadway debut with Freestyle Love Supreme in 2019. Bancroft is a co-founder of Freestyle Love Supreme Academy and a member of the band Moondrunk. As rapper Jelly Donut, he has been featured in MTV’s TRL, Rolling Stone and Time. Bancroft writes musicals and is an award-winning ad writer/creative director. He loves whales. He is grateful to Freestyle Love Supreme, his family and his friends for their love and support.

Richard Baskin Jr.

Richard Baskin Jr.

AKA Rich Midway

Richard Baskin Jr.

Richard Baskin Jr. is a pianist, vocalist, songwriter and actor. Favorite pastimes include exploring food, languages and cultures! He has worked with world-renowned artists, including Bobby McFerrin, George Benson, Ben Folds and Kurt Elling. Freestyle Love Supreme was his first Broadway show and he is elated to be on tour with Freestyle Love Supreme.

Jay C. Ellis

Jay C. Ellis

AKA Jellis J

Jay C. Ellis

Jay C. Ellis is honored to join Freestyle Love Supreme, repping LGBTQ+ perspectives in hip-hop! Off-Broadway: Black Hole Wedding (Signature Theatres), Saturday Night Fever (TRW). Regional: Passing Strange, Chess (Playhouse Square). Film: Wormwood Falling (Shreek Theatre), Poncho (by Corin Michalski), Interrogation (by Stephen Caple Jr.). Created/Directed BARS, Hip-Hop Musical, Playhouse Square and Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music (Alma Mater). Instructor @ Freestyle Love Supreme Academy. Gratitude @ Vicky, Scott, Greg, Dr. Weagraff #BWMT! Love @ Kyle. Woof @ Bagley. Mama & Pops forever. Website: jayellis.net

Aneesa Folds

Aneesa Folds

AKA Young Nees

Aneesa Folds

Credits include Broadway: Freestyle Love Supreme. Off-Broadway/NYC: Sistas: The Musical. Regional: North Shore Music Theatre, Goodspeed Opera House, Arrow Rock Lyceum. National Tour: Ragtime. Film/VO: Vivo; tick, tick…BOOM! Features include Disney Channel, Sesame Street and Rolling Stone. Instructor at Freestyle Love Supreme Academy. Much love to my team, family and friends. Follow Aneesa’s journey @aneesafolds and aneesafolds.com. Yeeerrrr!

Mark Martin

Mark Martin

AKA Mandible

Mark Martin

New York City-based artist, educator, speaker, and musician Mark Martin is best known for playfully blurring the lines between language and sound through his energetic and dynamic blend of beatboxing and theater. Winner of the 2016 American Beatbox Championships and the 2016 International Beatrhyme Battle, Mark has battled in and judged many international beatbox battles, including the World Beatbox Championships and the Grand Beatbox Battle. Martin is a passionate educator—you can check out his work at theacademyofnoise.com. Martin thanks his family and friends for their support.

Kaila Mullady

Kaila Mullady

AKA Kaiser Rözé

Kaila Mullady

Kaila Mullady is the 2015 and 2018 World Beatbox Champion. She travels the world incorporating singing, beatboxing and theater to push the boundaries of storytelling and show just what the human instrument is capable of. She is passionate about teaching others how to beatbox through her Beatbox Education Platform, The Academy of Noise.

Morgan Reilly

Morgan Reilly

AKA Hummingbird

Morgan Reilly

Morgan Reilly is thrilled to be joining the Freestyle Love Supreme family! A singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Allentown, PA, her original music can be found on all streaming platforms. A world of gratitude to Mom, Dad, Ian, Peter, Marianne, German and her incredible team. Every show is for you, Grandpop. TikTok/Voisey: @iammorganreilly

James Rushin

James Rushin

AKA Shifty Hills

James Rushin

James Rushin recently made his Broadway debut in Freestyle Love Supreme. New York City-based multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer and music director, Rushin is often at work developing new shows and new bands. Most recently on Far From Canterbury and as Slappi/Bass in Eighth Grade President.

Victoria Theodore

Victoria Theodore

AKA Gigawatts

Victoria Theodore

Victoria Theodore is a pianist, singer and composer. Broadway: MD The Donna Summer Musical, Playbill’s Women in Theatre (2020). Co-Composer MARIAN (new musical about Marian Anderson). Film: tick, tick…Boom!, Twenty Feet from Stardom. Beyoncé Formation Tour, Stevie Wonder (Multiple Tours), Live At Last DVD. Keys/Voice: The New Arsenio Hall Show. Arrangements for Beyoncé, Chloe+Halle. Stanford and Oberlin graduate. Co-founder, EnSpirits band. victoriatheodore.com

Anthony Veneziale

Anthony Veneziale

AKA Two Touch

Anthony Veneziale

Anthony Veneziale is conceiver and co-creator of Freestyle Love Supreme and Freestyle Love Supreme Academy. Founding member of American Immigrants (San Francisco). He has used improv techniques to create endeavors for television (Cartoon Network, Sesame Workshop, Boardwalk Pictures), for theater (Freestyle Love Supreme, The Freeze, American Immigrants) and for business (TED, Google, Adobe, Salesforce and many more). He is a co-founder of speechlessinc.com, an improv thinking company that helps humans create, collaborate and find their authentic voice, as well as co-founder of the Freestyle Love Supreme Academy where we use equitable play to foster diverse communities of creative voices. Stage: Freestyle Love Supreme, Servicemen. TV: Sex and the City, Looking, Kid of the Year. Special thanks to all my teachers including Caricia, Jett and Oci—the loves of my life.

Creative Team

Thomas Kail (Co-Founder, Director, Producer)

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Broadway directing credits include Hamilton, In the Heights, Lombardi, and Magic/Bird. Other directing credits include the world premiere of Hamilton, Dry Powder, Tiny Beautiful Things, and Kings at The Public Theater; The Wrong Man at MCC Theater; the world premiere of In the Heights; Broke-ology 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. Television directing and producing credits include Grease Live! on Fox and Fosse/Verdon on FX. He is a recipient of a Kennedy Center Honor and is a graduate of Wesleyan University.

Lin-Manuel Miranda (Co-Founder/Producer)

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Pulitzer Prize-, Grammy-, Emmy-, and Tony Award®-winning songwriter, actor, and director. Creator and original star of Broadway’s Tony-winning Hamilton and In the Heights. Additional Broadway: freestyle love supreme, 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, actively support initiatives that increase BIPOC representation in the arts and government, ensure access to women’s reproductive health, and foster resilience in Puerto Rico. TV/film: In the Heights, Hamilton (2021 Golden Globe nomination, Best Actor), His Dark Materials, Fosse/Verdon, Curb Your Enthusiasm (2018 Emmy nomination), Saturday Night Live  (2017 Emmy nomination), Sesame Street, The Electric Company, House, Duck Tales, 200 Cartas, The Odd Life of Timothy GreenMoana (Grammy Award for Best Original Song), and Mary Poppins Returns (2019 Golden Globe nomination, Best Actor).

Anthony Veneziale (Co-Founder/Two-Touch)

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Conceiver and co-creator of the Grammy-nominated freestyle love supreme and FLS Academy. Founding member of American Immigrants (San Francisco). He has used improv techniques to create endeavors with Thomas Kail & Lin-Manuel Miranda (In the HeightsBartlett, The Electric Company), Daveed Diggs (The Freeze), numerous networks & companies (HBO, Cartoon Network, Sesame Workshop, Boardwalk Pictures, Google) and co-founded speechlessinc.com, an improv thinking company that helps humans create, collaborate and find their authentic voices. Stage: freestyle love supremeServicemenThe Subject Tonight Is Love. TV: Looking, Kid of the Year, freestyle love supreme.

Safety Advisory

Last Updated: May 2022

At this time, the following safety plan is in place at the theater:

– All patrons will be required to show proof of full vaccination at least 14 days after their final dose and a valid photo ID at the theater in order to attend a performance. Proof of vaccination will include a physical vaccination card, a picture of vaccination card, or a digital vaccination record.

– All patrons will be required to wear a mask fully covering their nose and mouth at all times while in the theater.

– Children 6+ will also be required to be fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination at the theater. Children under the age of 6 will not be admitted. While fully vaccinated children 6+ are welcome at the theater, we recommend contacting Patron Services for content advisories as some productions may not be suitable for young audiences.

– Guests who need a reasonable accommodation due to medical reasons or a sincerely held religious belief must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to entering the theater or an antigen test performed by a medical provider taken no more than 24 hours prior to attending the performance along with government or education issued Photo ID. All tests must be administered by a medical professional. At-home tests will not be accepted.

Pasadena Playhouse will continue to address these guidelines as we approach performances.

 

FAQs

WHAT IS FREESTYLE LOVE SUPREME?

FLS is a freestyle (hence the name), improvisational, hip-hop comedy show. Every night the performers take suggestions from the audience and spin them into instantaneous riffs and full-length musical numbers. Every night is different: no two shows are the same. We won’t know what to rap about until you tell us!

IS LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA IN THE CAST?

Part of what makes Freestyle Love Supreme so unique is its unpredictability. Every show is different in material — and in who appears onstage. Lin-Manuel is a founder, producer, and friend of the show, and at any given performance, he may or may not be part of the cast. Other special guests might include Christopher Jackson, Daveed Diggs, Wayne Brady, Sarah Kay, Bill Irwin, Josh Groban, James Monroe Iglehart, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Alex Lacamoire and many more.

WILL SPECIAL GUEST PERFORMANCES BE ANNOUNCED AHEAD OF TIME?

No — we may not even know beforehand. Nothing is guaranteed. Every night brings the unexpected, and it’s always a great show.

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The Open Captioned performance of freestyle love supreme will be on Sunday, July 31 at 2:00 PM.

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