18 September 2019 // Announcements

Superfly and JRA Are There for You with a Sold Out FRIENDS Pop-Up Experience – PHOTOS

We are no longer on a break, FRIENDS fans! “The One with the Pop-Up” is here! It’s been 25 years since the first time we met Ross, Rachel, Joey, Monica, Chandler and Phoebe, so set your calendar back to 1994 and revisit some of the series’ most iconic moments with an immersive pop-up experience brought to you by Superfly, Warner Bros. Consumer Products and Warner Bros. Television Group.

Superfly FRIENDS JRA

Photo credit: Ryan Muir

JRA collaborated with Superfly’s internal creative and production team to provide planning, design and implementation of the FRIENDS pop-up experience, which sold out a mere three hours after public on-sale.

Photo credit: Ryan Muir

The nostalgia-packed space offers fans the opportunity to explore the show and capture photos with set re-creations, props, and costumes that have defined 25 years of everyone’s favorite FRIENDS. Stick a turkey on your head, peek through Rachel and Monica’s purple door, relax on Chandler and Joey’s recliner after playing some foosball, or help Ross with the infamous sofa pivot. Learn Monica’s top tidying tips with Method Home Products and surround yourself with Phoebe’s favorite things before heading to the re-created Central Perk for a pic on the legendary orange couch. Could this BE any more exciting?

Superfly FRIENDS JRA

Photo credit: Ryan Muir

Superfly FRIENDS JRA

Photo credit: Ryan Muir

Superfly FRIENDS JRA

Photo credit: Colin Kerrigan

“It’s been nearly 25 years since FRIENDS premiered, but the fascination and universal appeal of the hit TV series lives on with fans of all ages,” said Peter van Roden, Senior Vice President, Global Themed Entertainment, Warner Bros. Consumer Products. “As we celebrate the show’s milestone anniversary, we are excited to bring the FRIENDS experience to life for our fans in a way that pays homage to the remarkable cast of characters, iconic sets and instantly quotable moments.” Superfly is equally thrilled about the partnership. “We’re excited to celebrate 25 years of fandom with the show’s biggest immersive experience to date,” said Jonathan Mayers, co-founder, Superfly. “The FRIENDS New York City Pop-Up captures the series’ most memorable moments with the characters, memorabilia, set re-creations and exclusive merchandise.”

Superfly FRIENDS JRA

Photo credit: Ryan Muir

Superfly FRIENDS JRA

Photo credit: Ryan Muir

Friends of FRIENDS (including former cast members) have raved about the experience:

“If you’re hankering for the perfect way to celebrate Friends’ 25th anniversary…this sounds like a great way to honor one of the greatest sitcoms of all time.” – MTV News

“…the Louvre of Friends’ fandom” – BuzzFeed

“Did we hardcore fangirl while touring the pop-up? Yes…Do we regret any of this behavior? Not in the slightest.” – Event Marketer

“It’s great…to be reminded of the many moments that have helped turn a simple sitcom into a worldwide phenomenon.” – The Independent

“Featur[es] a slew of show favorites and classic artifacts you’ll love.” – Good Morning America

“The amount of details, of props, and just the craftsmanship that has gone into this event is astounding” – John Michael Tyler, who played Gunther on the show.

“Anyone who loved Friends will be thrilled to come into this space and to just have those memories come rushing back” – Maggie Wheeler, who played Janice.

Special events during the pop-up’s opening weekend included a trivia night hosted by Tyler, as well as a concert by The Rembrandts, the band responsible for the show’s unforgettable theme song.

Superfly FRIENDS JRA

James Michael Tyler, who played Gunther, hosts a FRIENDS trivia night. Photo credit: Ryan Muir

Superfly FRIENDS JRA

The Rembrandts play at a FRIENDS Pop-up Experience special event. Photo credit: Ryan Muir

The month-long pop-up, which also includes a FRIENDS retail store, runs through October 6. Located in the heart of Manhattan’s SoHo district, the ticketholder entrance is at 76 Mercer St. (between Spring & Broome), with a retail store entrance at 503 Broadway. For more information, visit www.friends25popup.com.