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‘Friends! The Musical Parody’ brings theater back to Proctors

A scene from "Friends! The Musical Parody." (photo provided)
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A scene from "Friends! The Musical Parody." (photo provided)

Theater returns to Proctors this week for the first time since the pandemic began.

The Off-Broadway production “Friends! The Musical Parody” begins tonight at the GE Theater and runs through Saturday.

Proctors has hosted several other programs over the last year, including film premieres and had initially planned to bring musical theater performances back with “The Right Girl,” a musical about sexual harassment in Hollywood. It was slated to be at Proctors starting Oct. 13 but was postponed and has not been rescheduled.

“We’re excited to start having shows in the theatre again,” said Jessica Sims, a marketing specialist at Proctors.

The comedic musical pokes fun at the hit sitcom “Friends,” of which Saratoga County’s Kevin Bright was one of the original executive producers. It celebrates the adventures of the show’s core characters like Monica, Ross, Rachel, Joey, Chandler, Phoebe and others. The musical recreates favorite moments from all 10 years of “Friends” through an uncensored, fast-paced, music-filled romp.

“The pace of the show from start to finish is fast and clever and you had to stay alert to catch your favorite ‘buzz phrases’ and jokes,” one Broadway World reviewer wrote of a recent show on the tour. “The show had 10 years of iconic comedy memories to pull into a tight show with music and choreography and there were times that I was wishing that it would slow down just for a moment.”

The show is recommended for audience members ages 13 and up. Attendees will need to show proof of vaccination and wear a mask. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Thu., Nov. 4 and Fri., Nov. 5 as well as 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sat., Nov. 6. Tickets are $43.50. For more information, visit proctors.org.

“Summer: The Donna Summer Musical” is slated to open the MainStage at Proctors, marking the return of Broadway touring shows to the venue starting Dec. 7.

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