(September 12, 2019 – Burbank, CA & Las Vegas, NV) – Fly, drive, take a train, or even a cross-country road trip via taxi (like Phoebe & Joey in her Yellow Cab) to Las Vegas for a one-of-a-kind “Friends” 25th Anniversary celebration in the Entertainment Capital of the World, October 18–19. Warner Bros. Television Group joins AT&T and MGM Resorts International to offer fans a phenomenal “Friends” 25th Vegas takeover in all its glory, including new fan experiences powered by AT&T 5G.
In the fifth and sixth seasons of the hit comedy series, the “Friends” gang headed west to Las Vegas to visit Joey on the set of his movie. What happened there 10 years ago, however, did not stay there. In the two-part season five finale, Monica and Chandler took a roll of the dice and impulsively decided to get married –– only to discover that they were beaten to the chapel by a very drunk Ross and Rachel. In the season six premiere, the gang faced the consequences of the night before, while Joey and Phoebe headed back to New York in her grandfather’s Yellow Cab.
Visitors to Las Vegas can relive some of those moments –– minus any last-minute weddings –– in a weekend celebration of all things “Friends” from October 18–19. Experiences planned for the “Friends” in Vegas weekend include:
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18
The Fountains of Bellagio
“I’ll be there for you, when the rain starts to pour...” On Friday, Oct. 18, the iconic Fountains of Bellagio will unveil a brand-new show set to the catchy “Friends” theme song, “I’ll Be There For You” by The Rembrandts. Created by WET Design, the show will debut at sunset on Friday and run on rotation throughout the weekend and beyond. There will also be exclusive photo opps with the Central Perk couch, which will be on site in front of The Fountains.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19
AT&T 5G “Friends” Fan Experience at The Brooklyn Bridge, New York-New York
AT&T is bringing “Friends” to life in brand new ways, giving fans opportunities to interact with their six favorite friends in a massive and immersive custom-built experience that’s more 2019 than 1994 –– but not without nostalgia! The Fan Experience includes:
Phoebe’s Yellow Cab Escape Room
“It’s like you’re always stuck in second gear...” But for “Friends” fans, this will not only be their day, their week, their month, but also their year! Located outside the New York-New York Hotel & Casino, Phoebe’s Yellow Cab Escape Room offers the challenge of an escape room with the fun of a “Friends” trivia game, in a fully operational taxicab. Parked –– where else? –– on the Brooklyn Bridge, the “Friends” Escape Room allows fans to test their knowledge of the series inside Phoebe’s iconic mode of transportation.
Here’s a sample to get you started: Which of the following is not true? A. Phoebe inherited the cab from her grandfather. B. Ross named it the “Death Cab” because of Phoebe’s driving abilities. C. Princess Consuela Banana-Hammock also owns the vehicle. D. None of the above. If you guessed D, you’re a natural. Head to Vegas to try your luck!
Central Perk LEGO®
Go big...or go home! At nearly 700 square feet, this re-creation of one of the series’ signature sets will be on display exclusively at New York-New York. Built out of 900,000 LEGO bricks over a period of four months, this life-sized re-creation from acclaimed artist Nathan Sawaya features everything from the iconic sofa to the latest menu board.
Fun Facts: No one has ever built a life-sized TV set out of LEGO bricks before. Although the creators binge-watched every season of “Friends,” it took them longer to build the set than to watch the series. The furniture is all fully functional –– allowing visitors to sit on the couches and chairs. The signature orange couch took the longest time to build –– as the most challenging part of the process was replicating the patterns in the upholstery.
A miniature version of the LEGO Central Perk set is now available at retailers nationwide.
Many of the experiences will be powered by AT&T’s live 5G network and its 5G Innovation Program members, including Ericsson’s 5G network equipment, Nokia network infrastructure, and Samsung Galaxy S10 5G smartphones.
The 7th Friend Experience
Fans can record a 3D version of themselves doing Chandler’s happy dance or their own favorite move. Using AT&T’s 5G with Ericsson’s 5G network equipment, fans can drop their virtual twin into a miniature replica of Monica and Rachel’s apartment. This experience uses data-intensive volumetric video to put you in the center of the action, which can be viewed on Samsung tablets and the Galaxy S10 5G.
Performance by The Rembrandts
“I’ll be there for you, like I’ve been there before...” The Rembrandts will perform an exclusive live set at The Park, the immersive outdoor dining and entertainment district located adjacent to New York-New York. Famous for their iconic theme song, the musical duo will be on hand to perform their hits and other “Friends”-related songs. The concert will also be livestreamed over AT&T 5G with Nokia to a big screen onsite to make sure you have the perfect view as you belt out those memorable lyrics.
Give it Your Best
What better way to celebrate “Friends” in Las Vegas than with a “Friends”-themed karaoke booth where fans can sing along to iconic music from the show.
Also in the neighborhood, keep an eye out for Marcel, Ross’s onetime pet Capuchin monkey. Although Marcel has gone on to a successful film career with Jean-Claude Van Damme and more, he’ll be on hand to meet and greet fans. Autographs are discouraged.
“Friends” in 4K & Download Station
The show first aired in 1994 using 35mm film, but has since been remastered in Ultra HD quality. Thanks to AT&T 5G with Nokia, you can stream 4K video with ultra-low latency so you can enjoy “Friends” on the Galaxy S10 5G. Fans can also stream their favorite episodes or download them in a matter of seconds — much faster than 4G speeds. Compare the difference in a side-by-side 5G and LTE download station. Working with Nokia and Samsung, AT&T is offering these experiences on Galaxy S10 5G devices to let fans enjoy the show in new ways.
“Friends” Tech Timeline
It’s clear technology has changed since the show first aired –– remember voicemails and dating IRL? Fans can follow an interactive timeline that shows how “Friends” has used technology over the years and how different it is today.
Blue Man Group – Blue “Friends” Couch
The world-famous Blue Man Group may not be able to pivot a couch, but they sure can paint one. From their home at Luxor Hotel and Casino, the enigmatic Blue Men will transform the iconic orange Central Perk sofa in a way that only this bald and blue trio could. Their newly painted creation will be on display inside Luxor on Saturday, Oct. 19.
And Much, Much More!
Visit the MGM Resorts Friends webpage for the latest news about the weekend’s events and special limited-time experiences, and to book your upcoming Las Vegas getaway with your friends.
Can’t Make It to Las Vegas?
AT&T is giving “Friends” fans a variety of other ways to join in on the celebration, including a chance to win a replica of the iconic orange couch for their home through AT&T THANKS®. Eligible customers just need to follow @ATTTHANKS on Twitter and retweet the pinned tweet at top of the page from now through October 7 for their chance to win1.
Celebrating the 25th anniversary of its debut in 1994, “Friends” remains one of television’s most beloved series. One of the highest-rated shows on television in its original network run, the series still remains a perennial go-to in syndication and on streaming services, where it continues to be a smash hit worldwide. A favorite among critics and fans alike throughout its 10-season run, “Friends” not only won the Emmy® for Outstanding Comedy series, but also garnered Emmy® Awards for series stars Jennifer Aniston and Lisa Kudrow. From Warner Bros. Television, “Friends” follows the lives and loves of a close-knit group of friends living in New York City: siblings Ross (David Schwimmer) and Monica Geller (Courteney Cox), along with friends Chandler Bing (Matthew Perry), Phoebe Buffay (Lisa Kudrow), Joey Tribbiani (Matt LeBlanc) and Rachel Green (Jennifer Aniston). “Friends” was created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman, who executive produced the series with Kevin Bright through Bright/Kauffman/Crane Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.
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