‘The Office’ hits the Off-Broadway stage




Tucked away in New York City’s Theater District is The Theater Center. The multi-theater entertainment complex is home to a variety of Off-Broadway shows, including one that is sure to capture the hearts of many members of The University community: The Office! A Musical Parody.

As its name implies, The Office! A Musical Parody is based on the TV show The Office. Set in Scranton during the early to mid-2000s, the musical follows a day in the lives of the employees of Dunder Mifflin as they adjust to being filmed by a documentary crew.

The musical is performed in The Jerry Orbach Theater, located on the third floor of The Theater Center. With enough seating for about 200 people, The Jerry Orbach Theater allows The Office! A Musical Parody to be an intimate and interactive experience for audience members. From high-fiving Dwight while he is concussed to having Meredith ask you out to drinks, there are plenty of times where you will feel as though you are part of the show.

Even though the musical is said to take place over the course of one day, it still highlights many of the TV show’s memorable moments including the Dundies, the development of Jim and Pam’s relationship, Threat Level Midnight and more. Of course, there are plenty of “That’s what she said” jokes throughout the musical. In fact, an entire song is dedicated to Michael Scott’s beloved joke. And no The Office inspired musical would not be complete without “Scranton: The Electric City” by Michael and Dwight, and “That One Night” by Jan’s assistant extraordinaire, Hunter.

The musical also has plenty of inside jokes that are sure make any The Office fan happier than Stanley on Pretzel Day. Jim is referred to as “a sexy little Jack Ryan,” Karen Fillippelli leaves Dunder Mifflin to join Parks & Rec and Kelly is called Mindy Kaling throughout the musical.

Masterfully retelling nine seasons worth of material in an hour and 45 minutes, The Office! The Musical Parody will make any fan of The Office nostalgic. However, there are still jokes here and there for anyone to enjoy no matter how many of the episodes of The Office they have watched. For instance, fans of the critically acclaimed Hamilton will be treated to a Dunder Mifflin inspired version of “My Shot.”

The musical, which celebrated its 100th performance on December 29, 2018, was written by Bob and Tobly McSmith. Donald Garverick directed and choreographed the show. The cast includes Sarah Mackenzie Baron as Michael Scott; Michael Santora as Dwight Schrute; Tom McGovern as Jim Halpert and Andrew Bernard; Taylor Coriell as Pam Beesly and Erin Hannon; Katie Johantgen as Angela Martin, and others; Megan Carver as Meredith, Phyllis and others; Brittneyann Accetta as Kelly and others; and Kevin Harris as Stanley and others.

The musical is set to run through the end of March, so there’s still plenty of time to buy tickets to see The Office! A Musical Parody. Ticket prices range from $35 to $77.