Theatre Review: Friendsical, New Theatre, Cardiff

OH MY GOD! Comedy Musical Friendsical has come to Cardiff’s New Theatre. The original parody musical, inspired by the classic US Sitcom, is currently embarking on its UK tour. For fans of the show, it is the perfect excuse to indulge in a bit of 90s nostalgia. 

Friendsical poster. Photo credit: New Theatre, Cardiff

With a brilliant cast and some catchy songs, Friendsical tells the story of 10 seasons worth of TV in just one evening, and it manages to do it perfectly. We follow Ross, Rachel, Joey, Monica, Chandler and Phoebe as they re-tell the love story of Ross and Rachel (even if some things do get in the way). 

Like many people in their 20s, I was raised on Friends. It’s been nearly thirty years since the first episode aired, and we’re all still quoting the iconic characters daily. This musical is a celebration of that. It has famous lines, super-fan in-jokes and unmissable references that even the most casual viewer would understand. 

Like it’s source material, it’s funny. The cast are flawless in their roles. Both Tim Edwards (Chandler) and Amelia Kinu Muus (Rachel) particularly stood out as they were both flawless in their parts. With the entire cast, you really felt like you were watching an episode. 

Of course, no musical would be complete without songs. Featuring numbers like ‘(He’s her) Lobster!’, ‘Richard’s Moustache’ and ‘You’re Over Me? When Were You Under Me?’, they feel like they really could fit in on the show. 

A celebrity guest appears during every show, a staple of many sitcoms. On the 8th and 9th of September, Kimberly Wyatt (Pussycat Dolls will feature. While Joanne Clifton (Strictly Come Dancing) will feature on the 10th. 

Friendsical Trailer. Video Credit: New Theatre, Cardiff.

The show is written and directed by Miranda Larson [Christmasaurus, The Night Pirates, Cartoon Network Live] with music by Barrie Bignold. Sario Solomon stars as Joey, Sarah Michelle-Kelly as Monica, Nelson Bettencourt as Ross, Tim Edwards as Chandler, Ally Retberg as Phoebe, Amelia Kinu Muus as Rachel, Olivia Williamson as Hot Girl/Ensemble and Tanveer Singh Devgun as Gunther/Male Ensemble.

Tickets can be purchased here

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