‘Friends! Musical parody brings theater back to Proctors

The theater returns to Proctors this week for the first time since the start of the pandemic.

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

Proctors has hosted several other programs over the past year, including movie premieres and originally planned to bring back musical theater performances with “The Right Girl,” a musical about sexual harassment in Hollywood. It was scheduled to take place at Proctors from October 13, but has been postponed and has not been rescheduled.

“We’re excited to be back to having shows at the theater,” said Jessica Sims, Marketing Specialist at Proctors.

The 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 main characters in the series like Monica, Ross, Rachel, Joey, Chandler, Phoebe and others. The musical recreates favorite moments from 10 years of “Friends” through a fast-paced, music-filled, uncensored game.

“The pace of the show from start to finish is fast and smart and you had to stay alert to catch your ‘buzzwords’ and favorite jokes,” a Broadway World reviewer wrote of a recent performance by the tour. “The show had 10 years of iconic comedy memorabilia to fit into a tight show with music and choreography and there were times I wished it would slow down just for a moment.”

The show is recommended for spectators aged 13 and over. Participants will need to show proof of vaccination and wear a mask. The shows are at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 4 and Friday, November 5, as well as at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 6. Tickets cost $ 43.50. For more information, visit proctors.org.

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

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