‘Friends! The Musical Parody returns to Off-Broadway


They took a break! But not for long.

Friends! ‘The Musical Parody’ returns to Off-Broadway, with preview performances slated to begin next Tuesday at the Jerry Orbach Theater at New York’s Theater Center, the show’s creators announced Thursday.

The stage musical will then officially open on April 5th.

“Friends! The Musical Parody” originated in 2017 and serves as an unauthorized parody of the popular NBC series about six friends navigating adulthood in Manhattan.

The hit sitcom aired from 1994 to 2004, won six Emmys and helped stars Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry, David Schwimmer and Matt LeBlanc become superstars.

The musical parody was last played at the Theater Center on September 21 before embarking on a national tour. This new series of performances will be open-ended, creators Bob and Tobly McSmith said Thursday.

The cast includes Brooke Myers as Rachel; Payton Tevis as Phoebe; Cole Urso as Ross; and Ian Allred as Chandler, each making their Off-Broadway debuts.

Emily Norah Samuelson, whose previous productions include Cinderella and A Charlie Brown Christmas, will play Monica, while Brett Miller, who starred in American Idiot, will play Joey.

Tickets for the musical are available through Ticketmaster, with shows taking place every Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.


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