A ‘Friends’ Musical Is Happening (With a Slight Catch)
Prepare to be swept off your feet by nostalgia.
More than a decade since Friends went off the air, fans are finally getting a musical version of their beloved TV show. The catch? Well, it’s not really official-official.
An unauthorized musical parody called Friends: The One Where They Sing will debut at the MCL Chicago theater this summer. The 90-minute show will run from June 10 through July 29.
“I am a huge lover of musicals and really wanted to tell a great story while staying true to the source material. This is a musical for fans by the fans, both of Friends and musicals in general,” Eli Golden, the director and write of the musical, told Buzzfeed.
“I started writing this musical roughly three years ago and have had the songs stuck in my head ever since,” he said, noting that there will be references to fan-favorites like Janice and Smelly Cat. “Between the cast, the band, and production team, we have stacked this show with funny and talented people, and that atmosphere is infectious.”
However, this is not the first unauthorized musical to be created by fans. Last year, The Unauthorized Musical Parody Of Cruel Intentions made its stage debut in Los Angeles — which was attended by the actual stars of the 1999 flick, Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Michelle Gellar, and Selma Blair.
Hey, maybe we’ll finally get that Friends reunion the world has been so desperately hoping for?