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How You Doin? Friends! The Musical Parody Coming to The Parker

By Denny Patterson

Friends! The Musical Parody is the hilarious new musical that lovingly lampoons television’s hit series Friends, celebrating the wacky misadventures of your favorite group of 20-something pals as they navigate the pitfalls of work, life, and love in 1990s Manhattan. This delightfully naughty confection plucks the best moments from the show’s ten years and recreates those scenes through an uncensored, fast-paced, music filled romp that will surely win over audiences.

The Lillian S. Wells Hall at The Parker will have two showings of Friends! The Musical Parody on Saturday, December 4, 2021 at 2PM and 8PM. OutClique had the opportunity to chat more about the production with Domenic Servidio, who plays Joey Tribbiani. 

Denny Patterson: Can you begin by telling us what audiences can expect from Friends! The Musical Parody?

Domenic Servidio: They can expect a fun filled night of nostalgia and good music with their favorite friends. Basically, it’s a show that doesn’t take itself too seriously, but allows the audience to have nostalgia and it gives the audience a lot of heart as well. A bundle of laughs coming out of a global pandemic, which is what the world probably needs most right now.

DP: What do you look forward to the most every night you perform this production?

DS: Just making people laugh. I have been with this production for about three years now, and the thing that keeps me going is that the fans of Friends itself really do come out and enjoy it. You see a lot of people where it really does make their day, week, month, or even year. So, just to make people laugh and smile. I am trying to be an ambassador of joy throughout this very interesting time.

DP: Are you a fan of the original show?

DS: Yes, I am.

DP: You play Joey Tribbiani. How would you say you personally relate to him?
DS: I think the quality I relate most to Joey is that he is very innocent and endearing. He doesn’t have a bad bone in his body. Not saying he doesn’t mess up, but he never has ill intent towards any other human being or creature. He is very childlike, and I would say that is the quality in Joey that I resonate with the most. His true childlike wonder.

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DP: Why do you think Friends has made such a significant impact on entertainment and culture?

DS: I think because it came out during a time when there wasn’t a lot of media being consumed. Now, there’s 50 different shows coming out every week on every different streaming service. Back then in the 90s, every week, there were around four shows to watch, and Friends was one of them. Every week, people would wait to see that show’s new episode, and I think it was a very communal thing across the country, and even the world. I think that’s why it lives on today. The show is a great thing because it’s about a time in people’s lives where their friends are their family. Living in New York now, it kind of makes me emotional because I never want that time in my life to end. 

DP: You said you have been on this tour for three years now?

DS: Yes. I was on its first tour, then went away to do some other stuff. Then after the pandemic, it was relaunched, so I was with the Off-Broadway production, and now on the second national tour. 

DP: What are you taking away from this experience?

DS: Really, I am taking away this joy of being able to do what I love to do for a living, which is to make people laugh. I am the only cast member in the history of this production to never call out of a show, and I think the biggest reason for that is because I genuinely enjoy doing the show, and my life drive as a human being is to bring people joy and make them laugh. 

DP: Have you always had a passion for acting and performing?

DS: I have. Very much so. In addition to musicals, I also do film, TV, and plays. My degree is in musical theatre, so that is where the bulk of the work lies for me.

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Photo Courtesy of Benjamin Skigen

DP: What are some roles you have played that are the most memorable and meaningful to you?

DS: I played Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire, and that was one of the most important roles to me that I ever had the privilege of playing. I played Kurt Kelly in Heathers for Slow Burn Theatre in South Florida, and I also got to play Nugget in Equus for another great theatre in South Florida called Palm Beach Dramaworks. For both of those roles, I got Carbonell nominations for, and those are like the Tony Awards for South Florida theatre. Those three roles have been very important to me. 

DP: What are some dream roles you would love to play?

DS: I would love to play George Berger in Hair. I think I have a lot to say with that role, and I think it is very much my personality in general. So, I think I would have a lot to bring to that character, and I would also love to originate a role someday. I would love to do something and have it be my own. 

DP: What are some future goals you would like to achieve as an actor?

DS: First and foremost, being a working actor in this business is a successful actor. Especially coming out of a global pandemic and everything that is going on. If you have a job as an actor, you are succeeding. So, in addition to paying my bills, I just want to carve a life out for myself in New York where, ideally, I don’t have to leave Manhattan to tour, do cruises, or things of that nature. Eventually, I hope to be on Broadway and have a sustainable life as an actor in Manhattan, and I think that goal is getting closer and closer every day.  


DP: Before we wrap up, are there any other upcoming projects or anything else you would like to mention or plug?
DS: Not really. The only thing I am working on right now is Friends, and that’s all I really have for the next five months, unless something materializes. Knock on wood.

To stay up-to-date and connect with Servidio, follow him on Instagram @domdomservidio. For more information and to purchase tickets for Friends! The Musical Parody, visit ParkerPlayhouse.com.