"High School Musical" on Stage
I saw the stage version of High School Musical tonight at the Academy of Music. Big hugs and special thanks to Crystal for getting these tickets for The Bride and I.
And I think it’s rather ironic that I saw this the night after seeing the latest Harry Potter flick, as they both have something in common. Both events don’t really play well all that much on their own, but need a primer – the original source material – to be complete.
High School Musical was the ridiculously popular and scary surprise hit TV movie the Disney Channel aired a couple years ago. Three sequels in the works, a cast that have become pseudo-stars, a hit soundtrack and now a stage show, it’s more phenomenon than anything else. The flick is about high school cliques, being yourself and of course lotsa singing and dancing.
The reason I bring the movie up is because if you haven’t seen the movie, this stage production comes up somewhat lacking, much the way the Potter film would without the benefit of having read the book. Without knowledge of the HSM movie, the play looks a lot like a bad rip-off of Grease set today… or worse, a bad rip-off of Grease 2.
All in all though, it was a great production and has all the personality and tunes of the film, just without the cast. I enjoyed myself for the whole show. A great night out.