Members say: Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Hilarious, Delightful

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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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.'

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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

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

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

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

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Funny, Clever, Entertaining

See it if You are a fan of the show! There are so many jokes crammed in to this show, you may miss a few! Well done, very funny!

Don't see it if You never saw the tv show or didn’t like the tv show.

Funny, Clever, Silly

See it if They certainly captured all the show references. It’s stupid, silly fun. Good if you want a night of 90’s nostalgia.

Don't see it if You are not familiar with the TV show.

Funny, Ambitious, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if really liked this play, a hidden gem! Good acting, many actors imitated the friends characters exactly. God songs, staging and lighting.

Don't see it if If you don't like spoof parodies or musicals.

Funny, Delightful, Hilarious, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if a fun night for any friends fanatic

Don't see it if uncomfortable seats and no floor incline, so hard to get a perfect view. lobby was very crowded b/c doors opened late.

Entertaining, Fluffy, Silly

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.

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

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.

Also Friends! is fun if you loved the show and are willing to check your br... Read more Read less

Funny, Clever, Entertaining

See it if You miss the ‘90s and the heyday of three-camera must-see tv. Totally unnecessary, yet a fun, clever, and well-executed parody/tribute.

Don't see it if First act needs tightening but second act compensates. Mic-ed performers annoying and a waste in such a small venue.

Funny, Delightful, Edgy, Great acting, 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

Funny, Clever, Indulgent

See it if you loved friends and will understand the inside jokes and characters

Don't see it if you've never watched friends.

Disappointing, Cliched, Good singing

See it if you have familiarity with the show and the quirks of the characters

Don't see it if you need a traditional theater experience. The crowd is expected to be rowdy and drunk, so the overall atmosphere takes on that dynamic.

Also The actors are definitely having fun up there, and they chew the hell ... Read more Read less

Cliched, Hilarious, Entertaining, Fluffy, Niche

See it if you love the OG TV show, you enjoy satirical writing, you hate Ross (who doesn't)

Don't see it if you have no clue what 'Friends' is about, you want something serious, you hate campy musicals, you love Ross

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

Raunchy, Hilarious, Fluffy, 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, Clever, Raunchy, Entertaining, Good comedic acting

See it if you're a Friends fan & enjoy a good laugh.(I watched but wasn't a regular viewer & missed some jokes.) It's fun froth, nothing more,but fun.

Don't see it if You don't like Friends and/or slapstick. You don't like actors playing multiple roles.

Ambitious, Clever, Cliched, Cute, Respectful

See it if You LOVED Friends and LOVE parody. It's good work. Good writing, acting, staging

Don't see it if You want a rich evening of musical theater. I'd have had a more satisfying time watching a few old episodes.

Raunchy, Disappointing, Extended snl skit, Talented & hard-working cast, Some funny moments

See it if you are a big fan of Friends, for the nostalgia. If you can get a heavily discounted ticket.

Don't see it if you aren't familiar with the series. I used to watch the show and still missed a lot of jokes ( judging by others' reactions).

Funny, Entertaining, Fun, 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

Funny, Ambitious, Indulgent, Banal, Entertaining

See it if you're a diehard Friends fan. You'll laugh a lot and have a great time.

Don't see it if you are only kind of familiar with the show or don't remember much about it. Really a show made for fans.

Funny, Quirky

See it if True to its source with clever and flavorful songs from a talented cast. As many already noted, Rachel (Patricia) is spot-on and impressive.

Don't see it if Awkward seating with subpar theater conditions. Will be utterly confused if you are new to FRIENDS. Feels more like a recap of 10 seasons.

Also References to the TV series is light enough for a casual viewer to und... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Cliched, Overrated, Slow, Wasted potential

See it if You really like Friends and want to see a retelling of it with less funny jokes and bad songs added. You don’t need parodies to be clever.

Don't see it if You really like Friends and don’t need to see a bad parody of it with so-so acting and wasted potential.

Also This could have been so funny, but instead the creative team to just b... Read more Read less

Funny, Clever, Entertaining, Nostalgic

See it if you're nostalgic for & seek an amusing homage to the TV show; you can laugh at the absurdity of Friends' characters & situations.

Don't see it if you aren't well acquainted with the TV show [It's assumed that the audience is very familiar]; you seek challenging or provocative theater.

Also I was only a casual viewer of the sitcom, and I was never much of a fa... Read more Read less

Great acting, Entertaining, Great singing

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

Clever, Refreshing, Hilarious, Entertaining, Nostalgic

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!

Funny, Clever, Entertaining, Nostalgic, Fast paced

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.

Great acting, Cliched, Slow

See it if You want to see some terrific impressions of the characters (of special note the gal playing Rachel is dead-on and Joey is really good too).

Don't see it if You're looking for a true parody - it's more a synopsis of the show. The jokes are rehashed from the show and it doesn't offer much new.

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