Annie Stephens and Abby Zorn
Opinions Editor and Design Editor
As children of the era of High School Musical, we thought, “what would be better than someone creating a TV show all about it?” The TV show, High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, was filmed in the original East High School in Salt Lake City, Utah. The plotline focuses on the school’s theater production of High School Musical. Centering around main characters Ricky and Nini, the show strives to emulate the story of Troy and Gabriella but through a new generation.
However, when we heard this project was actually going to happen, we had some initial concerns. High School Musical: The Musical: The Series would come with a risk: the potential to lose the integrity of the movie(s). Would the show forever taint the captivating scene of Troy Bolton running and Screaming shirtless around East High while having an emotional crisis as he dramatically ripped his banner off the wall? Would it change the way we viewed Sharpay’s Fabulous diva-driven ways that provided so much *sass* and female empowerment to the original movies? And ultimately, would it ruin the seemingly perfect image of love between Troy and Gabriella that we came to vicariously live through?
We have come to a unanimous agreement– the show more than deserves its announced “encore.”
Junior Josh Gunn said, “It was supposed to be bad, but they made it so good. So as to me liking it…that’s on them.”
Junior Emily Breeden called it “the definition of art.”
The emotional turmoil and investment this show caused in us, wow– shocking. Although it was different from the movie, it incorporated the best parts at opportune moments. It had diverse, good-looking (Joshua Bassett), lovable characters that dealt with modern real-life issues, not to mention the inevitably catchy, stuck-in-your-head original songs and unique covers from the initial movie that the show provided. We’ve taken it into our hands to break down different aspects of the series, please enjoy.
I’ve always been a huge High School Musical fan, so when I heard that there was going to be a new series, I knew I had to buy Disney+. I was intrigued by the idea of high schoolers from the original East High School recreating the musical in the very auditorium it was filmed in, and let me tell you, I wasn’t disappointed. Not only did they recreate the musical, but there was also so much drama to go with it. Disney even threw in an elaborate love triangle. Who would’ve thought!? After watching all the episodes, I have decided that my favorite parts of the show are the actors and the original songs. My favorite actor is Twitter’s boy of the month: Joshua Bassett. He is the definition of perfection but compressed into a male body.
Most importantly: the songs. These original songs are arguably as good as the songs from the original High School Musical soundtrack. There is a song for every emotion you are feeling. Feeling sad? Listen to “All I Want.” Feeling empowered? Listen to “Born to be Brave.” In the mood for a good, hearty laugh? Listen to “A Billion Sorrys.” Or, for the ultimate feeling, listen to “Just for a Moment” and hear how nice and smooth Joshua Bassett’s voice is. He is truly a masterpiece of a man. I highly suggest sitting down and listening to the soundtrack on a rainy day, and you’ll feel like you can do anything.
Bottom line: the show is well-worth a watch, recommend 9.5/10.