Dreams really do come true.
We were devastated when Friends came to an end in 2004, but 12 years later we're getting more! OK, so it's not a reboot of the series, but fans are receiving the gift of an unauthorized musical parody called Friends: The One Where They Sing (get it?!). The 90-minute show will open at MCL Chicago theater and will run from June 10-July 29.
Taking this show to the next level, writer and director Eli Golden writes on the show's website that the audience will also have the option to participate in a Friends drinking game because the theater is BYOB.
Golden told Buzzfeed that the idea came from a simple place—late night watching reruns of the hit NBC show. "Friends is that show I watch every night before I go to bed, so naturally, it means a lot to me," he said. "I am a huge lover of musicals and really wanted to tell a great story while staying true to the source material. This is a musical for fans by the fans, both of Friends and musicals in general."
The new musical will include fan favorites such as "Smelly Cat," Marcel the monkey and even Janice—can you say (in a nasal voice), "Oh my God"?
"I started writing this musical roughly three years ago and have had the songs stuck in my head ever since," he told the website. "Between the cast, the band, and production team, we have stacked this show with funny and talented people, and that atmosphere is infectious."
The cast has already sat down for a table read, which they've managed to boil down to 15 seconds so fans can get a glimpse of what's to come.
Now if only we could get an official Friends reunion. Unfortunately, that won't be happening.