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Disney is serious about conquering the Internet streaming TV world with Disney+. Besides the backlog of content, Disney invested in original titles exclusive to the streaming platform. Among them, High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, a show based on the High School Musical film franchise. What a time to be a Wildcat!
Filmed as a mockumentary, the show is set at the real-life East High School in Salt Lake City, Utah, — the same school the original High School Musical was filmed. It follows a group of teenage theater enthusiasts who stage High School Musical: The Musical as their school production.
The show offers a fun mix of fresh talent including the two leads, Joshua Bassett and Olivia Rodrigo. Other cast favorites are Andi Mack‘s Sofia Wylie, Kate Reinders, Matt Cornett, Larry Saperstein, Julia Lester, Dara Renee, Frankie Rodriguez and Mark St. Cyr.
If you’re a fan of Glee, there’s a good chance you’ll like High School Musical: The Musical: The Series. It boasts a slew of talented, vocal young actors and enough romantic intrigue — for laughs or otherwise — to keep the plot interesting. Plus, the mockumentary aspect is enough to draw in curious fans of the original High School Musical movies.
The series was created by Tim Federle, known for Ferdinand — a movie nominated for Best Animated Film at the Academy Awards. Its first episode drew mixed, but mostly positive, reviews, and as of January 2020 has a 78% score on Rotten Tomatoes.
Some critics called the series charming, funny and endearing. Others found it grating. However, all of them seem to concur that the kids are talented and the songs are catchy. If that’s your thing, then High School Musical: The Musical: The Series should be right up your alley, ridiculous title and all.
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