the official press release:
Ars Nova, Back House Productions, and Jill FurmanPresent
Performances begin FRIDAY OCTOBER 22nd At ARS NOVA
Imagine a spontaneous fusion of live music, comedy and hip-hop. Six performers create a whirlwind of musicality as they riff off audience suggestions in a show that is never the same twice.
Freestyle Love Supreme is a joyful, high energy, one-of-a-kind event. This exclusive New York engagement will run at Ars Nova (511 W. 54th Street) from October 22nd through December 18th with an official opening scheduled for November 10th.
Freestyle Love Supreme chose its name as an homage to John Coltrane's "A Love Supreme", a nod to both its musical influences, which include jazz, soul, blues and hip-hop, and the expressive nature of Coltrane's sound. The cast is comprised of six ethnically diverse performers: three vocalists/actors and three musicians. Two-Touch and Lin-Man trade rhymes while Mister Wright brings in melody and harmony. Arthur the Geniuses plays the piano and sings, King Sherman plays the sax, flute and piano, and Shockwave, a human beatbox, adds the percussion.
Freestyle Love Supreme is directed by Thomas Kail. It features set design by Beowulf Boritt (The Last Five Years) and costume design by Lisa Zinni. The lighting design is by Jeff Croiter (Matt and Ben) and sound design by Jorge Muelle.
Freestyle Love Supreme runs Friday, October 22nd through Saturday, December 18th. Performance times are Thursdays at 8 PM, Fridays at 8 PM 10:30 PM and Saturdays at 8 PM. Tickets are $20. To purchase, call SmartTix at 212-868-4444 or go to SmartTix.com. Ars Nova is located at 511 West 54th Street, just west of 10th Ave. Subway: C, E, to 50th Street, N, R, Q, W to 57th Street, or 1, 9 to Columbus Circle. Beer, wine and refreshments are available at the bar.