Jay McGuiness, Harry Judd, Joanne Clifton and more to guest star in musical parody Friendsical

More guest stars have been announced for Friendsical, the new musical parody of the hit tv series Friends.

The star-studded guest cameos include acclaimed singer songwriter and West End lead Louise Redknapp (Southampton, Salford), and The Pussycat Dolls Kimberly Wyatt (Cardiff, Huddersfield, Horsham, Bath), who delighted audiences as a judge on Sky 1 series Got to Dance, is a winner of the 2015 series of Celebrity MasterChef and finalist in ITV’s Dancing On Ice 2022. 

Also joining the cast is author, presenter, podcaster and winner of I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here Giovanna Fletcher (Hull) and Harry Judd (Dartford), drummer in multi-platinum selling band McFly, Strictly Come Dancing champion, The One Show presenter, West End performer and author.

Also included is Jake Quickenden (Bristol, Northampton, Colchester, Leicester, Aberdeen), who rose to prominence as a finalist on X Factor in 2014 and won Dancing on Ice in 2018. Jake has starred in the UK tour of Hair and most recently in the UK tour of Footloose 2022.

Ballroom champion, Strictly Come Dancing star, and musical theatre performer Joanne Clifton will join the show for Cardiff, Bradford, & Sheffield. Jay McGuiness, best know as a member of the band The Wanted and winner of Strictly Come Dancing 2015 will guest star in Bath. Jay’s West End theatre credits include Big The Musical and Rip it Up the 60s.

On top of that Friendsical will be welcoming three incredible queens, Lawrence Chaney (Harrogate, Dundee, Cheltenham, Eastbourne, Sheffield), a British drag icon and winner of the 2nd series of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, they entered the UK charts at number 3 with their song ‘UK Hun?’ in the drag group The United Kingdolls and is the star of the BBC Three series ‘Tartan Around’. Also sashaying onto the stage is Vanity Milan (Exeter), who competed in season 3 of Ru Paul’s Drag Race UK, and whose lip syncing is second to none; and singer, dancer, drag star Ella Vaday (Salford) who is no strange to the stage having appeared in countless musicals before appearing on Ru Paul’s Drag Race UK season 3.  

Friendsical is an original, unique parody musical inspired by the hugely popular and beloved US TV show Friends. Ross, Rachel, Joey, Monica, Chandler and Phoebe have been with us for nearly 30 years. They are still there for us, and this time a stage show musical parody crams all 10 seasons and 236 episodes into just over two hours of nostalgic fun.

Featuring original songs such as ‘(He’s her) Lobster!’, ‘Richard’s Moustache’ and ‘You’re Over Me? When Were You Under Me?’, the gang take on naked Thursdays, a power cut, and a dinosaur convention. 

Writer-director Miranda Larson says, “From day one of airing, I have been a huge fan of the TV Show, and it has been a dream to stage and celebrate this iconic series. There is something for everyone in Friendsical, from the well-known references to ones that only mega fans (like me) will get. Oh and if you are new to “Friends”, then it’s a fun musical love story that can be easily followed!” 

Playing everyone’s favourite friends are Sario Solomon 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.

The creative team includes Miranda Larson (book and lyrics), Barrie Bignold (music), Darren Carnall (choreography), Michael Vinsen (associate choreographer), Anthony Lamble (set and costume ), Dominic Jeffrey (lighting), Olly Steel (sound) and Nicholas Hockaday (casting).

Friendsical is produced by Brooke Mauchline Productions Ltd in association with Assembly Festival.  

📷 Main photo: Celebrity line-up revealed for Friendsical, include Jay McGuinness, Louise Redknapp, Giovanna Fletcher, Kimberley Wyatt, Jake Quickenden, Harry Judd, Joanne Clifton, Lawrence Chaney

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