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Friendsical – NST Campus, Southampton

Written by James Tobin
22nd October 2019

A celebration of 10 years of golden television

If you’re in the mood for a big 90’s throwback you have to see Friendsical, a new parody musical inspired by the iconic TV show Friends. Ross Geller (Jamie Lee-Morgan) has loved the story of him and Rachel (Charlotte Elizabeth Yorke) falling for eachother so deeply he has written this musical spectacular to celebrate these years of his life. Expect 4th wall breaking moments from this feel good musical that doesn’t take itself too seriously. This was an interesting idea and enhanced the comedic aspects of the show, allowing insight into each characters feelings at each point in the show and hinting at what’s to come.

The whole cast does a fantastic job of making the character leap from the television to the stage. Anthony Lamble has expertly bought the classic sets back with accuracy and some creative liberties. The set was completely adaptable, moving between Monica’s apartment, Joey’s apartment, and the Central Perk Café. This reminded the audience of the concept, a moving set TV show, and allowed a multi-locational show. This was shown effectively when Monica called for a new sofa from backstage because Rachel had soaked her wet hair all over it. Each location mirrored that in the TV show with Monica’s attention to detail decoration, Joey and Chandler’s comfy chairs, and the staple sofa which occupies most gossip in Gunther’s café.

I have yet to mention the back to back tunes that keep your head bopping whilst moving the storyline along. This is needed because this musical manages to capture all the classic moments from Friends into a 2hour 10minute run time.

If you aren’t already considering booking tickets to catch this show whilst it’s still with us here in Southampton, I don’t know what’s wrong with you. 

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