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'Friends! The Musical Parody' Will Now Be There for Australian Theatre Fans in 2021

The comedic stage production turns the beloved 90s sitcom into a song-filled satire — and it's touring the country.
By Sarah Ward
November 18, 2020
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'Friends! The Musical Parody' Will Now Be There for Australian Theatre Fans in 2021

The comedic stage production turns the beloved 90s sitcom into a song-filled satire — and it's touring the country.
By Sarah Ward
November 18, 2020
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Australia's theatre scene hasn't had much to smile about in 2020; however, when 2021 rolls around, some venues around the country will kick back into gear with a little help from their friends. Well, with Friends! The Musical Parody to be specific — with the comedic, song-filled satire of everyone's favourite 90s sitcom touring the country next year.

Initially, the show was due to hit local theatres in August and September this year. Then, when the pandemic struck, the musical rescheduled to November and December instead. But it seems that 2020 hasn't been anyone's year — or included anyone's favourite day, week or month, for that matter — so the production has now shifted its entire run to 2021.

Scheduled to kick off on the Gold Coast before being there for audiences in Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Sydney, Friends! The Musical Parody will spend time with Ross, Rachel, Chandler, Monica, Joey and Phoebe, of course. Here, they're hanging out at their beloved Central Perk — and sitting on an orange couch, no doubt — when a runaway bride shakes up their day. Call it 'The One with the Loving, Laugh-Filled Lampoon', or 'The One That Both Makes Good-Natured Fun of and Celebrates an Iconic Sitcom'.

Yes, no one told you that being obsessed with the Courteney Cox, Jennifer Aniston, Matthew Perry, Matt LeBlanc, Lisa Kudrow and David Schwimmer-starring show about six New Yorkers would turn out this way — with on-stage skits and gags, recreations of some of the series' best-known moments, and songs with titles such as 'How you Doin?' and 'We'll Always Be There For You'. That said, no one told us that being a Friends aficionado would continue to serve up so many chances to indulge our fandom 16 years after it finished airing, including via an upcoming reunion special that'll gather the TV series' main cast back together.

FRIENDS! THE MUSICAL PARODY AUSTRALIAN TOUR:

Gold Coast: Thursday, February 11–Saturday, February 13 at The Star Gold Coast
Melbourne: Wednesday, June 16–Saturday, June 19 at the Comedy Theatre
Brisbane: Thursday, Augustt 19–Saturday, August 21 at the Tivoli Theatre
Parramatta: Thursday, September 2–Saturday, September 4 at Riverside Theatre
Adelaide: Friday, September 24 at Her Majesty's Theatre
Perth: Saturday, October 16 at Regal Theatre

Friends! The Musical Parody tours the country from February–October 2021. For further details, and to buy tickets, visit the production's website.

Published on November 18, 2020 by Sarah Ward

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