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Friends! The Musical Parody
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Friends! The Musical Parody NYC Reviews and Tickets

77%
(101 Reviews)
Positive
78%
Mixed
19%
Negative
3%
Members say
Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Hilarious, Quirky

About the Show

From the creators of '90210! The Musical!,' 'Katdashian: The Musical!,' and 'Full House! The Musical!,' comes this new unauthorized musical parody of the beloved sitcom about the antics of six young New Yorkers.

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Member Reviews (101)

65
Mindless entertainment, Great singing, Hardworking actors, Needs a better script/lyrics, Very loud

See it if you were a fan of the show; you'll get a kick out of the in-jokes. You'll also enjoy strong, energetic performances. Some laughs/good songs.

Don't see it if you expect consistent cleverness. Many lame, broad jokes. Act II is better than Act I. Could use trimming. Over-mic'ed; lots of yelling. Read more

82
Funny, Fun, Entertaining, Surprising

See it if you're a fan of the series or even have only a passing knowledge of it. Great script/songs and most performances.

Don't see it if It's a small, unpolished production done for laughs. Read more

Critic Reviews (9)

November 2nd, 2017

"It's nothing the sitcom didn't send up itself. The biggest laughs are often for the lines cribbed directly from the show. A roast loses its teeth when the subject beats you to the punch line. None of this is the fault of the performers, who are giving their all to have fun with the material and the free-wheeling direction...A good parody should do more than aimlessly point at a material with a mocking laugh. "
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November 4th, 2017

“The well-written book hits the series' main plot points...The singing is uneven, but the uniformly strong acting makes up for these vocal deficiencies. And while the show occasionally veers into slapstick, the parody remains at a mostly even pitch...The final number gets at the rare and magical bond that develops between actors and fans on a show like ‘Friends’...Skillfully directed (and choreographed) by Paul Stancato, 'Friends! The Musical Parody' is an entertaining trip down memory lane.”
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November 2nd, 2017

"Absolutely delivers on the promise of sending up the show...The musical happily and hysterically depicts moments from the friends’ adventures...They find the underside and ridiculousness of the sitcom plots and the cast gleefully captures the spirit, vocal and physical tics...They fare best with highly comedic songs in the hands of a gloriously talented cast...Genial fun that zings the underbelly of must-see television with bite...This is a fun night out for any fan – casual or dedicated."
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November 2nd, 2017

"Quick witted, good hearted, a tiny bit raunchy, and filled with laughs...The art of this piece is that it’s fun loving, not mean spirited, with well-crafted harmonies and surprisingly satisfying performances all around...Trust me, folks, it’s a really fun night. The writers managed to get the entire ten seasons into a two-hour show that’s brimming with inside jokes and a nod to the careers of the celebrities involved."
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December 5th, 2017

“An irresistibly hilarious night of comedy...Devoted fans of the immensely successful sitcom will surely recognize most of the references and supporting characters...Each player captures the essence of their television counterparts in a manner that is self-deprecating, but never mean-spirited or ridiculing...Even a total newcomer to the series will be in for a treat...Gleizner’s bouncy melodies are endearing and keep the quick-witted comedy moving ahead at full speed.”
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November 4th, 2017

"If you like the 'Friends' TV show, you will probably enjoy 'Friends the Musical'...Although it is hard to cram a ten year TV series into a 2 hour musical, the writers of this show do an admirable job of it...The set, costumes, and even the hairdos are all really spot on too. The acting is good. Some of the actors do a better job of portraying their characters than others. The actor who plays Ross in particular does a really great job."
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November 3rd, 2017

“The musical is well-cast, but at the end of the night, I found something missing from the production; it didn’t feel like a story about the friends I knew...The plot points are all there, but the genuineness from the show wasn’t all that present on stage, and it made the show fall a little flat...They could have downplayed the antics a bit, but that’s what parodies are all about. The show manages to pay homage to a classic TV show which is probably all you can ask for.”
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November 14th, 2017

“This musical is a hysterical send-up of all that you loved to hate (or hated to love) about the 90s...The show’s greatest attribute is its ability to hit on series favorites quickly and memorably...Stancato’s direction and choreography is smart and intuitive...Though Gleizner’s music is a bit forgettable, the lyrics accompanying it will leave their mark...’Friends!’ will make you laugh so hard your face will hurt, your eyes will tear, and you’ll be ready to come back."
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November 3rd, 2017

"While those unacquainted with the world of 'Friends' are unlikely to enjoy, fans with even a general knowledge of the series’ running jokes will find something to love about this hilarious parody...The play does a good job of balancing the parody of classic moments with overall jabs...The entire cast is fantastic...All the actors really captured the mannerisms of the layered characters they were portraying...The majority of the songs are fantastic."
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