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Friends! The Musical Parody

Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Quirky, Hilarious
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Critics
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8 reviews
Members
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16 reviews
 

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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See Ross, Rachel, Monica, Chandler, Joey, and Pheobe 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.'

 

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Reviews (24)

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Avg Score

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Theatermania

"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

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BroadwayWorld

“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

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ZEALnyc

“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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Avg Score

73
Cliched, Entertaining

See it if you are a Friends groupie. The actress playing Rachel nailed her vocally & mannerisms. The cast had good voices. More homage than sendup.

Don't see it if you don't know the TV show Friends. The second act, they try to cover the many years of the show in overview. It gets a bit slow. Fluffy!

Also It was a mostly young and all non-equity cast, but accept for one of t... Read more Read less

75
Funny, Entertaining, Nostalgic

See it if you love parodies and/or the TV show Friends.

Don't see it if you don't like parodies or the TV show Friends.

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Funny, Delightful, Must see, Entertaining, Great singing

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

75
Cute, Silly, Well-done stupidness, Bare bones fun, Adorable performances

See it if you like the TV show Friends for which it sends up & spoofs; a high energy bare bones musical comedy with funny fine performances & score.

Don't see it if you can't sit on the front row because the audience sits on the same level which makes for awful sight lines--the worst theater in NYC.

70
Disappointing

See it if I mean if you're a fan of Friends it might be worth seeing once, but I didn't love it. "Monica" and "Phoebe" are worth the admission.

Don't see it if You'll get mad if they do bits that aren't nearly around the same season.

80
Clever, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if You have a lot of nostalgia surrounding Friends, as it's imperative to have a good knowledge of the original in order to enjoy a parody.

Don't see it if You don't care that much about Friends, or haven't watched many episodes (because you'll miss jokes and it will just seem stupid).

Also My partner and I really enjoyed this show--a great date night show bec... Read more Read less

73
Funny, Clever

See it if You hang out at Central Perk.

Don't see it if You preferred "Seinfeld."

Also The original show was absurd enough that it's difficult to parody, but... Read more Read less

81
Funny, Clever, Quirky, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if You love those iconic characters and great off-beat humor. Terrific singing and dancing with a live band!

Don't see it if If you are looking for depth and a slow paced, quiet plot.

100
Funny, Clever, Hilarious, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You want to belly laugh

Don't see it if Ypu’re not into parody

80
During previews
Delightful, Great acting, Quirky, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if If you like Friends, you will love this.

Don't see it if If you've never seen friends or prefer perfect singing.

69
During previews
Funny, Quirky, Great costumes, Great staging, Weird

See it if you loved Friends the show. The costuming is so on point it is ridiculous. I swear they used the same exact clothes.

Don't see it if you love Chandler. His character was off or you don't like parodies.

Also I had a problem with Chandler. He was clearly much older than all the ... Read more Read less

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During previews
Funny, Delightful, Quirky, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if You're really into Friends the TV Show or you just like parodies in general...

Don't see it if You're not into Friends the TV Show or you don't like parodies in general...

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During previews
Sigh

See it if you have the extra money and you can "let go" -

Don't see it if but ouch. if you didn't like Friends enough to spend an evening at it...

Also i had a pretty good idea of what i was getting myself in to, but still... Read more Read less

100
During previews
Funny, Clever, Relevant, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if This is a musical show that I grew up with, it makes fun of what was messed up, and celebrates everything I loved about it - SEE IT!!

Don't see it if you are highly critical - the shows Friends was cheesy itself and most of us loved it for that reason.

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During previews
Funny, Clever, Entertaining

See it if You are a fan of FRIENDS and like parodies.

Don't see it if You are not a fan of FRIENDS or don't like parodies.

100
During previews
Clever, Delightful, Raunchy, Romantic, Fluffy

See it if You love Friends and want to laugh

Don't see it if You are dead inside