Turning one of world’s best loved sitcoms into an original musical is no mean feat, and the expectations of the audience are going to be incredibly high. Unfortunately, Friendsical doesn’t quite hit the mark.

Friendsical attempts to incorporate all the best moments from the ten seasons into just an hour. A monumental task, that proves very difficult, and leads to rather a scrambled, slightly confusing plot. What I like most about Friends is that there isn’t a main character, all six of the Friends are focused on equally. However, Miranda Larson’s Friendsical has made Ross, arguably the least interesting character, the main character and the story is told from his perspective for most of the run time.

Now my main issue with this show is that in my opinion, a parody needs to do something different to the original material – and in this case, not enough is changed. For the most part, it feels as if we are simply watching a rehash of the best moments, aside from Rachel’s massive nipples and Emily dressed as Mary Poppins nothing else is changed, and a larger dose of comedy is desperately required.

The songs within the show are cheesy, and ultimately after leaving the show the singular one I can remember is one which says ‘on again off again’ about Ross and Rachel’s relationship.

In taking a show this iconic, one we all watched play out for 10 years, it’s obvious that people are going to compare the cast to the original stars. And they haven’t helped themselves as they have the cast in costumes which are almost identical to those from the series. Although the cast are great and vocally talented, I feel that they tried a bit too hard to embody these iconic characters and we really needed something slightly different from them.

I would have loved for the show to have been modernised in some way – for Friends to be taking place in 2022, or at least for some of the material to be changed. Friends has become slightly controversial in recent years as it’s very much of its time, including homophobic language, misogynistic attitudes and fatphobia/ fat-shaming. It would have been great for this show to rewrite some of the past mistakes of the series.

Friendsical, may be an enjoyable show for Friends fans, and if you’re looking for an hour of light-hearted entertainment this one is for you – but as a parody the show lacks originality.

Rating: 2 out of 5.

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