Could we BE any more excited? Just when we thought we’d gotten all the ’90s sitcom reunions we could hope for in 2021, we learn that our favorite Friends will be dropping by the Bayou City this fall. Well, a version of them anyway.
Described as a "loving lampoon" on the hit comedy that ruled the Nielsen ratings in the early aughts, Friends! The Musical Parody will open its umbrellas at the Hobby Center October 1–3. The new (and apparently naughty) performance combines the best moments of the show’s ten seasons and recreates them “through an uncensored, fast-paced, music filled romp.”
Say it with us, ya’ll: Oh. My. God.
Is this national touring production a pivot off the long-awaited and highly successful Friends reunion special that aired this spring? Actually no, the unauthorized parody, which comes from the minds of Bob and Tobly McSmith (The Office! An Unauthorized Musical Parody, Love Actually? The Unauthorized Musical), premiered off-Broadway in 2017 and first toured in 2019. Would we care if it was? Absolutely not.
While some of this coffee-fueled tribute’s segments remain secret, we do know there’ll be songs inspired by the age-old question of how Monica and Rachel could afford their ridiculously gorgeous New York City apartment ("495 Grove Street - How Can We Afford This Place?"), Joey’s iconic pick-up line ("How You Doin'?"), and the now-infamous “We Were On a Break” debate (appropriately titled "We Were On A Break!").
Tickets for this one go on sale June 25, so grab your lobsters and make your “pla”s fast 'cause we seriously doubt they’ll stay in second gear long.
Oct 1–3. Hobby Center’s Zika Hall, 800 Bagby St. More info and tickets at thehobbycenter.org.