• Jake Lacy

High School Musical Show on Disney + is Actually Pretty Good!

As we are closing in on the end of Week 1 of Disney + there is one thing that has surprised me more than anything else on the streaming service. Going into it's release, I already had expectations of the Mandalorian being great (which it is). I had already been exposed to just how much content was going on the service. So, what shocked me the most was just how entertaining, fun, and actually mature High School Musical: The Musical: The Series ended up being!

Set at East High School, "High School Musical: The Musical: The Series" introduces members of the drama club and their faculty advisers as they work their way toward the opening night of their school's first-ever production of "High School Musical: The Musical." The show is shot in a mocumentary "Office" like style, which is utilized just briefly for better character development and to create more comedic scenes. Despite the style, if you were to compare it to any show, it is very reminiscent of the show Glee in it's earlier seasons... you know, when that show was actually good. Also, though it may be a more PG version of Glee, High School Musical and Disney aren't afraid to finally stay socially and culturally relevant in this show.

The cast of High School Musical is brought up by a great cast of up and coming actors and singers with the standout so far being Olivia Rodrigo as the lead Nini. Her talent is exemplified by her chemistry with the other cast and her incredible voice. Kate Reinders as the very enthusiastic drama teacher who is clearly trying to relive her glory days also brings a good sense of humor that isn't just revolved around all the high school drama.

I am hoping moving forward we get better character development for other characters and situations in the show. For example, there are many characters listed as being leads who have had very little screen time these past 2 episodes. The writers also clearly want the audience to want our leads to get together, but have provided no clear reason why we should be "shipping" them. I feel they have actually given us the opposite. Hopefully in the following episodes, these slight critiques will be fixed.

All in all, High School Musical: The Musical: The Series is a sweet, funny, and charming little show that serves as an entertaining follow up from its predecessors. Though it's no award winner, with a unique filming style and charismatic cast, it is a really fun time!

Score: 7/10


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