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September 12, 2022

Lawrence Chaney

LAWRENCE CHANEY Announced as Special Guest for FRIENDSICAL; parody musical inspired by iconic TV show Friends

Lawrence Chaney is confirmed to be making a celebrity guest appearance in the comedy musical Friendsical, written and directed by Miranda Larson [Christmasaurus, The Night Pirates, Cartoon Network Live], for its entire run at Harrogate Theatre from the 3rd-5th of October.

Lawrence will be joining the cast in Harrogate, making a special cameo appearance and performing in musical number ‘Richard’s Moustache’. Lawrence is 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’.

“I am BEYOND excited to be a special guest in FRIENDSICAL. My sister and cousin got me into watching friends- Like many people I grew up watching episodes constantly on channel 4.” Lawrence said. When also asked what their favourite moment from Friends was, Lawrence said, “Monica with a turkey on her head! What?! I’m a drag queen! It’s camp! In my line of work we call that’s a LOOK!”.

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 60 minutes of nostalgic fun.

Join all six friends as they sit around the iconic brown couch in Central Perk and take a trip down memory lane, with all the very best inside jokes, unforgettable scenes and storylines included.

When Ross’ wife leaves him for another woman, he fears he will never find love again. But then Rachel runs back into his life… will he end up with his one true love?

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.

What could possibly go wrong?

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.

With book and lyrics by Miranda Larson and music by Barrie Bignold, Friendsical is choreographed by Darren Carnall and associate choreographer Michael Vinsen. The set and costume is designed by Anthony Lamble with lighting design by Dominic Jeffrey and sound design by Olly Steel. Casting is by Nicholas Hockaday and it is produced by Nick Brooke, William Burdett Coutts, Philip Noel and Dave Mauchline.

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

Twitter: @Friendsical  Instagram: / @Friendsical

This is a loving parody not to be confused with the Warner Bros Entertainment Inc. series Friends.

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