Freestyle Love SupremeConceived by Anthony Veneziale
Created by Thomas Kail, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Anthony Veneziale
Directed by Thomas Kail
Jan 21–Feb 13, 2022
The Geary Theater
Freestyle Love Supreme
Jan 21–Feb 13, 2022
“A perfect choice for A.C.T.’s first in-person production since the pandemic hit”
“Inventive fun…[a] spine-tingling communal experience you could never get in front of a screen”
“90-minute exercise in creativity . . . simply spectacular”
“Brilliant . . . a thrilling amalgamation of hip-hop, theatre, and improvisation”
We're throwing open the theater doors and welcoming the San Francisco Bay Area back to live, in-person theater!
Through a very generous direct gift and matching funds from Salesforce, with additional support from the Koret Foundation, we’re able to make over 15,000 tickets available to Freestyle Love Supreme for as little as $5 per ticket. This is our gift to the Bay Area and a way to welcome everyone back to in-person theater after so many months without!
Want to pay it forward? When you select your seats, certain tickets will show a variety of prices that you can pay—including a “pay it forward” option. If you choose this level, you support A.C.T. as a nonprofit organization, and help us to provide subsidized tickets to the community.
Help us spread the word. This big-hearted production is a terrific way to return to A.C.T. Come see the show, bring friends, or share this offer with anyone who loves a good time. We welcome everyone and hope to see you at the theater for Freestyle Love Supreme!
With additional support provided by the Koret Foundation
Before Hamilton, before In the Heights, there was Freestyle Love Supreme, the critically acclaimed Broadway hit from the minds of longtime friends Thomas Kail, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Bay Area artist Anthony Veneziale.
Launching its American tour at the A.C.T.'s Geary Theater, Freestyle Love Supreme pays homage to John Coltrane's improvisational musical style as it takes audiences on a freestyle, never-before-seen-and-never-to-be-seen-again hip-hop comedy ride. Hailed as “sophisticated and haphazard, hilarious and serious” by Rolling Stone, no two shows will be alike, as performers—and special guest artists—take suggestions from the audience and spin them into instantaneous riffs and full-length musical numbers. Bay Area audiences will be the very first to see this slam-dunk hit, conceived over 15 years ago and as fresh as today’s Twitter feed.
The performance on Saturday, February 12 at 2 p.m. will feature open captioning.
ANDREW BANCROFT (Jelly Donut/Standby) 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 FLS 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 FLS, his family and his friends for their love and support. IG: @mcjellyd
Richard Baskin Jr.
RICHARD BASKIN JR. (Rich Midway) 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 FLS.
KURT CROWLEY (The Lord and Lady Crowley) As MD and keyboard player, previous work in theatre includes Hamilton, Freestyle Love Supreme, Bring It On: The Musical, and In The Heights. Executive music producer of tick, tick…BOOM! and vocal supervisor on In The Heights (Warner Bros.). He has written arrangements for Vail Dance Festival, Kennedy Center Honors, Somewhere (Hartford), and the European tour of Carmen La Cubana. Co-arranger and music producer for Bolero and Of Thee I Sing with Juilliard, conceived and produced the piece Variations on America, featuring Yo-Yo Ma and Christ Thile. Te amo, Carlito.
Jay C. Ellis
JAY C. ELLIS (Jellis) is honored to join FLS, repping LGBTQ+ perspectives in hip-hop! Off-Broadway: "Black Hole Wedding''(Signature), “Saturday Night Fever”(TRW). Regional: “Passing Strange'', “Chess” (Playhouse Square). Film: "Wormwood Falling"(Shriek Theatre),"Poncho"(Corin Michalski), "Interrogation"(Stephen Caple Jr.). Created/Directed “BARS”, hip-hop musical; Playhouse Square & Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music (Alma Mater). Instructor @FLSAcademy. Gratitude@ Vicky, Scott, Greg, Dr. Weagraff #BWMT! Love@ Kyle, Woof@ Bagley. Mama&Pops forever.
ANEESA FOLDS (Young Nees). 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 FLS Academy. Much love to my team, family and friends. Follow Aneesa’s journey @aneesafolds and aneesafolds.com. Yeeerrrr!
KAILA MULLADY (Kaiser Rösé/Standby) is the 2015 and 2018 World Beatbox Champion. She travels the world incorporating singing, beatboxing, and theatre 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 (Hummingbird) is thrilled to be joining the FLS family! A singer/songwriter & 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. Instagram/TikTok/Voisey: iammorganreilly
JAMES RUSHIN (Not Draggin) 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. @not_dragging.
CHRIS SULLIVAN (Shockwave) has appeared on “The Electric Company,” “The Daily Show,” “The Real Housewives of NYC,” “SportsNation,” The Hamilton Mixtape and various programming for MTV and College Humor. Shockwave has trained and performed with The UCB Theatre, The PIT, Annoyance Theatre and Beatboxer Entertainment and is a co-creator of the FLS Academy. Love and gratefulness to the Ars Nova family, Foxboro High School Music Program, Angus MacGyver, Britt and Yoda. @offbookbeatbox
ANTHONY VENEZIALE (Two-Touch) is conceiver and co-creator of FLS and FLS 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 theatre (FLS, 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 FLS 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.
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