“Friends” Parody on Its Way to The D Las Vegas

A parody of the long-running sitcom “Friends” is slated to open at The D Las Vegas in Oct. 2018.

The show, “Friends: The Unauthorized Musical Parody,” has put out a casting call for Sep. 14-15, 2018.

Rehearsals are set to start Sep. 24, and the plan is for the show to start previews Oct. 18, with a media opening Oct. 25.

Friends parody

We’re looking forward to this despite not being a musical theater person. Any more. Long story.

The “Friends” TV show had a 10-year run, from Sep. 1994 to May 2004.

The off-Broadway version of the “Friends” parody opened in Dec. 2017 and ended July 22, 2018. The show clocked 213 performances.

Here’s a video with some behind-the-scenes scoop about the off-Broadway incarnation of the show.

The show was written by Bob and Tobly McSmith. The team has a history of creating spoofs, including “Bayside! The Saved by the Bell Musical” and “90210! The Musical.”

“Friends: The Unauthorized Musical Parody” is described thusly, “It’s a seemingly typical day at New York’s only coffee shop, Central Perk, until an unexpected runaway bride with beautiful
hair enters the picture and kicks the whole gang out of second gear.”

Friends parody

Before they landed on “Friends,” the working titles of the TV show included “Insomnia Cafe,” “Friends Like Us” and “Six of One.” Naming things is hard.

The “Friends” parody casting call sheds some light on rarely-shared aspects of stage productions in Las Vegas.

The notice says, “local talent encouraged, as performers will not be relocated if cast.” The show is not a union production.

Performers will be paid $300 a week for rehearsals and $100-150 per performance, with six shows a week.

Auditioners are asked to bring in a “16-32 bar cut of a ’90s pop/rock song.” Then, in all caps, “Please don’t sing the theme song or ‘Smelly Cat,’ Gunther will tell you to leave immediately if that happens.”

Those vying for a part in the show are also asked to “be prepared to tell a quick funny story or joke or monologue.”

We are a huge fan of “Friends,” so our fingers are crossed for this take on the series, despite the spotty history of spoofs in Las Vegas.

“50 Shades: The Smash Hit Parody” had a solid run (Feb. 2015 to Sep. 2017) at Bally’s, but “Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody” at Golden Nugget got spanked hard.

Another parody, “Pawn Shop Live,” also at Golden Nugget, tanked.

In fact, “Spoofical the Musical” never even opened at all.

Still, let’s hope “Friends: The Unauthorized Musical Parody” defies the odds and takes the “oof” out of spoof. Or something.

7 thoughts on ““Friends” Parody on Its Way to The D Las Vegas

  1. Chandler B.

    Not high on my list of things I’d want to see, but I’d consider it. I’m just happy to see interesting, unique things coming downtown as opposed to the strip. Downtown doesn’t have enough stage entertainment options. I get why that is, but it still sucks.

  2. Andrew

    Now now…this is the confirmation downtown Las Vegas is aiming to us Generation Xers.
    How long is it going to last ? I bet they won’t even need to put it in the Tropicana teather to see it going bust.
    Geez…I’d rather shoot myself in my right foot than go see this stuff. What’s next ? Sex and the City ?

  3. Josh Priel

    Saw the show while in New York last December. Actually a very well done script and production. Any fan of the tv show will find something to love, admire and enjoy within it. Would definitley recommend seeing it when it hits The D.

  4. Doug

    Spoofical did open. I know this for a fact because my wife and I were the only 2 people in the solar system who saw it using tickets that were not compensation for a timeshare presentation. It was at the saxe theater in the Aladdin mall. I really wanted to like it but it was full of inside jokes about Las Vegas that only this blog and 3 or 4 of its readers would appreciate. In other words, the intersection of its target audience and the set of people who actually saw it was exactly one person. Yours truly. Also, it was terrible. On the plus side, in order to juice up the catatonic crowd, they passed out free shots of vodka and some kind of Kool aid in the middle of the show. Didn’t seem to have any effect whatsoever. But I appreciated the gesture and gladly accepted.

    1. Scott Roeben Post author

      I tend to agree it wasn’t great. The writing was weak, but for fans, it’s a fun romp through the show’s more memorable moments. Can’t imagine it will be around too long.


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