Freestyle Love Supreme ready for its close-up

March 6, 2014 3:08 PM
Freestyle Love Supreme ready for its close-up
" By MARK KENNEDYAP Drama Writer NEW YORK (AP) - The improv hip-hop act Freestyle Love Supreme is known for its daring, anything-can-happen live shows. So a few TV cameras and thousands of extra eyeballs don't scare it. The group, which creates impromptu rap songs often from single-word audience suggestions, will record its show on Thursday night and then have it broadcast to a national audience two nights later on the millennial-seeking cable TV outlet Pivot. "What we're trying to do is be really smart about the elements of the show that we think will translate well," says Thomas Kail, the Tony Award-nominated director of "In the Heights" who co-created and directs the group with Anthony Veneziale. The Freestyle Love Supreme hour-long show at Joe's Pub in downtown Manhattan will be edited to highlight the best bits and the resulting 30-minute set will be shown beginning Saturday at 10 p.m. ET. Group member Lin-Manuel Miranda, the composer-lyricist of "In the Heights" whose musical about Alexander Hamilton called "Hamilton" will premiere early next year at the Public Theater, says there's nothing to do to prepare except have three solid meals "

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