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Review: The Office! A Musical Parody

Updated: May 27, 2019

The Concept:

While on vacation in New York, I decided to shake things up and visit a Broadway show! I am not a typical reviewer of such a genre, but being as I am a huge Office nerd, I figured that this would be far more entertaining than watching the typical Broadway show people see. Also, Phantom was very expensive :P

The Cast:

  • Michael Scott played by Sarah Mackenzie Baron

  • Dwight Schrute played by Michael Santora

  • Jim Halpert and Andy Bernard played by Tom McGovern

  • Pam Beesly and Erin Hannon played by Taylor Coriell

  • Angela Martin and Others played by Katie Johantgen

  • Kelly played by Brittneyann Accetta

  • Phyllis/Meredith played by Megan Carver

The Recap:

It’s a typical morning at Scranton’s third largest paper company until, for no logical reason, a documentary crew begins filming the lives of the employees of Dunder Mifflin. Don’t miss this hilariously loving lampoon of your favorite TV show! Step into Dunder Mifflin in this immersive parody experience and “work” with all your favorite officemates.

The show takes place at the Jerry Orbach Theatre at the Theater Centre on Broadway. Jerry Orbach has quite an acting history himself, but you would remember him for his detective role on Law and Order. Also, what was unexpected and totally awesome, we met a fellow Canadian working the bar. Now, he was born in Newfoundland but he was pretty cool to chill with before the show.

The long and short of it, they took 8 seasons of the office and condensed it into a few hours. And it was glorious.

The Good:

  • 98% of the casting was a complete home run. I may not be a Broadway buff, but I have seen a fair share of productions. I have seen very good castings and very bad castings. This probably was the most spot on one I have ever seen.

  • The show had a perfect balance of acting, comedy and music. It was also nostalgic but presented it in such a way that it felt like it was the first time seeing certain scenes allover again.

  • I had a front row seat off to the right of the stage and I even felt that was a very good location to view the show.

  • Sarah Mackenzie Brown’s portrayal of Michael Scott was brilliant. But I also have to commend Michael Santora for his portrayal of Dwight Schrute. It would have made Rainn Wilson proud. But, Tom McGovern as Jim was quite solid but he stole the show with Nard Dog. I could watch him portray Andy all day long and not get bored.

  • And finally the scene where Jim proposes to Pam was just emotionally charged. So much so, I recall a girl in the front row, literally breaking down and crying because of the intensity. Sarah/Michael went over and hugged her after.

The Bad:

  • My only real disagreement was the casting of Creed. Just didn’t fit at all. Creed is an odd character I admit but (he's not dumb) ((delete the rest?)it felt like the portrayal that was completed was not even Creed at all. But his portrayal of Moes was perfect.

  • And my final concern that there was only 2 hours or so of the show. I want more! This is a compliment if anything!

Do I need to say more? The show was powerful and the perfect remedy to stay familiar with The Office. Even with some new added jokes and actors pulling double duty on roles, by the end of the show you will want more! If it wasn’t for the fact I was only visiting New York for the weekend, I would have went back for a second viewing.

Why we should watch or not watch it:

You should definitely watch it. If you visit New York it must be put on the TO DO list with the Empire State Building, MSG(?), Statue Of Liberty and etc. It was the perfect show for an office fan but even if you weren’t a fan of the show, I firmly believe you would enjoy the show.

Last thought:

I would honestly love to see it again.. and again.. and again. But New York will not be in the cards for me for awhile. But, I would be greatly happy if it came to the Niagara or even GTA. I am sure it would do well in the GTA for sure. Short of Evil Dead the Musical (Which I have seen 4 times) this is my favorite broadway show to date. Get tickets here:

#theoffice #amusicalparody #broadywayshow #newyork

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