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Friends! The Musical Parody

From 9 critic and 98 member reviews
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. More…

See Ross, Rachel, Monica, Chandler, Joey, and Phoebe like you've never seen them before-- bursting into song, as they navigate the pitfalls of work, life, and love in 1990s Manhattan. Original songs include 'The Only Coffee Shop in New York City,' 'We were on a Break!,' and 'The One Where We Make a Million Dollars An Episode.'

2h 10m | Already closed | St Luke's Theatre (Midtown W)

Manhattan Digest

“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.” Full Review

Stage Buddy

"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." Full Review

Theater Life

“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." Full Review

TV and City

"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." Full Review

Theater Pizzazz

"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." Full Review

Says Me Says Mom

"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." Full Review


“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.” Full Review


“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.” Full Review


"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. " Full Review

Entertaining, Funny, Raunchy

See it if You are a fan of Friends but can admit that there are quite a few flaws here and there.

Don't see it if You haven't seen Friends and aren't willing to see an Off-Broadway show with an Off-Broadway budget.

Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Funny, Must see

See it if You love musicals and understand the female thought process of growing up and falling in love.

Don't see it if Don't like a singing production.

Also Amazing singing. Very heart felt scenarios and funny paradodies. Reall... Read more Read less

Great acting, Funny, Clever, Hilarious, Great writing

See it if Your job's a joke, you're broke, your love life's doa..... if you know where Central. Perk is.... and if you love FRIENDS.

Don't see it if You do not know who Ross, Rachel, Joey, Phoebe, Monica and Chandler are.

Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Edgy, Quirky

See it if You know every episode of Friends

Don't see it if You don’t want to laugh and understand weird friends references

Fluffy, Hilarious, Raunchy, Camp, Audience pleaser

See it if The show was hysterical. All the actors were dead on. The songs went down easy. See it if you watched the show and remember it fondly.

Don't see it if Don't see it if you did not watch the show. It was basically an "in joke". I did feel the parody of Tom Seleck was a bit off. But the

Also portrayal of Janice was spot on. I do wonder why the actor that played... Read more Read less

Funny, Quirky, Fluffy, Entertaining, Silly

See it if You loved the tv show, like musicals, like silly, funny shows. Enjoy a good parody

Don't see it if You don't like the tv show or musicals. If you're not familiar with the show you might not find it entertaining or funny.

Also The show is pretty much a 2 hour summarized version of the whole tv se... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Great acting, Clever, Must see, Hilarious

See it if you love the television series. It's hilarious and fun. Even Janice makes an appearance. Two hours of fun.

Don't see it if you didn't like the TV series.

Entertaining, Great singing, Great acting

See it if You love fun parody musicals that fly by. Cast looks like they're really having fun!

Don't see it if You prefer a more serious drama

Hilarious, Clever, Nostalgic, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if Perfect sendup to series- Clever songs, Costumes on point, Great impersonations(Esp Rachel). Impressive how they fit so much story in 2hrs.

Don't see it if If you didn't like the series, you probably won't care for this. However even those w/ a general knowledge of the sitcom should find it fun!

Entertaining, Funny

See it if You’re a fan of the show and want a good laugh!

Don't see it if You’re not a fan of the show, don’t know the show, or the jokes in the show. If you don’t know the jokes, you won’t understand it.

Hilarious, Raunchy, Quirky, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You’re a fan of the TV show Friends. Clever songs about the show performed by a talented cast. Rachel was my favorite!

Don't see it if You’ve not a fan of the show

Funny, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if If you are a fan of the show friends and want to laugh

Don't see it if If you have never seen friends

Also If you loved watching friends you will laugh and enjoy the show. They ... Read more Read less

Clever, Funny, Fast paced, Nostalgic, Entertaining

See it if you are a fan of the TV show. This musical is part satire and part homage to Friends. Totally fun from beginning to end.

Don't see it if you didn't like Friends, If you didn't see the show, you won't get the jokes. Or if you prefer serious dramas or epic musicals.

Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Great writing, Great singing

See it if you enjoy Friends show

Don't see it if you were never a fan of the show to understand it

Funny, Great acting, Fluffy, Quirky

See it if You're a fan of "Friends", duh. The actors portraying "Rachel" and "Ross" are on point! "Joey" feels authentic. Iffy on "Phoebe". No comment

Don't see it if on "Chandler" & others, since he's in every show parody this company offers. "Monica" was ok. Overall, decent signing. Funny moments. There

Also Are references to some of the most iconic moments. Saw a 10pm Friday s... Read more Read less

Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you've seen every tv episode of Friends and would like to see a loving send-up of the series with references to everything you remember.

Don't see it if Don't like farce, not a fan of Friends, or if you've never seen Friends.

Also The talented cast gives their all and has a ton of fun with the materi... Read more Read less

Funny, Great acting, Hilarious, Clever, Entertaining

See it if You are a Friends fan! There are a lot of references to episodes.

Don't see it if You never watched the show.

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Hilarious, Refreshing

See it if You enjoy parodies, are a dedicated fan of Friends who will appreciate the loads of references, and someone who likes to try something new!

Don't see it if You don’t know a lot about Friends, or don’t enjoy the show.

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.

Also It's funny and clever and completely based on stories from the series.... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Great staging, Relevant

See it if You like musicals and are fans of the TV series.

Don't see it if You don't like fun musicals.

Absorbing, Enchanting, Hilarious, Must see

See it if You are a friends fanatic and want to have a good laugh

Don't see it if If you have a hangover

Quirky, Great acting, Hilarious, Raunchy, Clever

See it if You miss the '90s and know every episode of Friends by heart. You love irreverent humor and bawdy jokes.

Don't see it if You're easily offended or prudish. Maybe don't bring your grandma.

Also The cast is really fabulous. I was super impressed by their singing an... Read more Read less

Delightful, Entertaining, Hilarious, Great singing

See it if You are truly familiar with the tv series "Friends" and want to see a hilarious and delightful parody.

Don't see it if If you are not very familiar with the show because there is so much wit and humor that will pass over your head.

Delightful, Entertaining, Hilarious

See it if You are a fan of Friends, the TV show

Don't see it if You rarely watched the show and may be offended by off color humor

Fluffy, Silly, Entertaining

See it if you're a Friends fan who appreciates poking fun at the show and its cast, and will pick up the many show references.

Don't see it if you're not terribly familiar with Friends or if you don't like parodies.

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