Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Las Vegas Show Closing After Two Months
Posted on: January 6, 2023, 10:07h.
Last updated on: January 6, 2023, 12:36h.
Freestyle Love Supreme, the hip-hop musical from Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, announced its closure just short of two months after opening in Las Vegas. Its last show at The Venetian’s Summit Showroom will be on January 29.
Its engagement at the Venetian, which premiered on November 10, was slated to run at least through the end of April.
“The cast of ‘Freestyle Love Supreme’ has delighted audiences since November with its witty and light-hearted improv comedy,” read a statement issued by The Venetian on Thursday. “In the last few months, they’ve quickly stolen our hearts and become part of The Venetian family.”
No official reason for the closure was provided. However, an official reason is rarely, if ever, provided for production closures. And that’s because there is only ever one reason, and it’s as heartbreaking as it is humiliating for everyone involved: disappointing ticket sales.
At the time this was posted, fewer than 50 tickets were unavailable for the show’s January 29 finale, according to the venue’s Ticketmaster seating chart.
Directed by Thomas Kail, Freestyle Love Supreme is an improvised hip-hop and dance show conceived by Miranda with improv guru Anthony Veneziale in 2004, during rehearsal breaks for Miranda’s first Broadway musical, In the Heights. It performed a similarly short Broadway run from October 2021 to January 2022.
To The Venetian, the good bet in Freestyle Love Supreme was Miranda and the iconic status conferred upon him by the remarkable triumph of Hamilton. His musical, which has run on Broadway since 2015, won 11 Tony Awards in 2016, the most ever for a musical. The awards included Best Musical, Best Original Score, and Best Direction of a Musical, among others. Miranda also was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the work.
The promise of having Miranda himself occasionally perform in the Vegas production – making headlines for the show every time – was no doubt part of its successful pitch. Miranda performed in the show for two months last November and is scheduled to return to it from January 12-14.
Misery Loves Company
Freestyle Love Supreme is the fourth Las Vegas Strip show to close as Las Vegas crosses the threshold into 2023. It joins Bat Out of Hell — The Musical at Paris Las Vegas, Extravaganza at Horseshoe (formerly Bally’s), Legends in Concert” at the Tropicana, and Xavier Mortimer’s magic show at The Strat in taking an involuntary curtain call.
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