NEW YORK (CBSNew York) – The hip-hop improvisation “Freestyle Love Supreme” officially opened on Broadway on Tuesday.
The show keeps the audience on their toes and the performers on their toes.
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As CBS2’s Cory James reports, there was excitement at the Booth Theater, where audiences were ready to expect the unexpected.
Among those taking the stage were “In The Heights” and “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, who co-created “Freestyle Love Supreme” over 17 years ago in the basement of the City Hall. Drama Book Shop.
“What I think ‘Freestyle Love Supreme’ is uniquely suited to do is meet people where they are,” he said. “Our show is completely improvised and does whatever the audience wants. He’s our last collaborator, so it’s been weirdly cathartic, these previews, because we’re dealing with real stuff that audiences throw at us, but then … it’s live theater in his life because ‘we don’t know what we have. go say.
Actor Chris Sullivan was one of more than a dozen artists who showcased their talents on Tuesday night.
The group continued to practice at a time when Broadway’s future was uncertain.
“We were still jamming Zoom,” performer Kaila Mullady said.
“There is nothing that compares to this,” said artist Daveed Diggs.
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“Every night with this show is exciting,” said artist Andrew Bancroft.
“Everyone is engaged. Everyone is doing their best, even the public, ”said artist Tarik Davis.
A number of these audience members contributed skits and raps by giving performers suggestions on what should be mixed in with the music, improv and comedy of the two-decade-old show.
“I think I’ve seen it seven times since the previews started,” said Katie Figura, a resident of Middlesex, New Jersey. “It’s so funny.
“It’s an hour and a half, no intermission, and you come in and you go out, and I’ve seen this four different times, and each time it’s different,” said Gayle King, co-host by CBS Mornings.
No doubt, the feeling of that night was different for many who didn’t know when they would experience this moment again.
“To be back on Broadway, to be here and to have the audience come to see us… it’s like the greatest honor you can have,” said co-creator and performer Anthony Veneziale.
“Freestyle Love Supreme” received a Special Tony Award this year for airing during the 2019-2020 Broadway season.
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The show runs until January 2.