This is the start of something new, Wildcats.
Production is underway in Salt Lake City, Utah, on the highly anticipated and reimagined High School Musical: The Musical: The Series for Disney+, The Walt Disney Company’s upcoming streaming service. Joining previously announced star Joshua Bassett (Stuck in the Middle) are cast members Olivia Rodrigo (Bizaardvark), Kate Reinders (Modern Family), Sofia Wylie (Andi Mack), Matt Cornett (Bella and the Bulldogs), Dara Reneé (Freaky Friday), Julia Lester (Mom), Frankie Rodriguez (Modern Family), Larry Saperstein (Fan Girl), and Mark St. Cyr (Doomsday).
The 10-episode series picks up nearly 15 years after the first movie aired, at the real-life location where it all began: East High. It follows a group of students as they rehearse for opening night of their school’s first production of High School Musical. Behind the scenes, show-mances develop; friendships are both forged and tested; rivalries rage; and lives are changed forever
Some of you might not know this, but I’m a proud product of the Early Aughts. That’s right, I don’t claim the 90’s as my childhood because it wasn’t my childhood. 2000-2013 was. Nintendo DS’s, Spongebob Squarepants, and High School Musical all played huge parts of my childhood and still have a special place in my heart today. I remember being in first grade being notably excited at my CYO basketball game the morning that HSM came out. That night my mom and I made a big bowl of popcorn and watched the drama of the original HSM unfold. I loved every second of it. Then when HSM 2 came out I was equally excited. The Wildcat gang but this time its summer?? Count me ALL THE WAY in. Then there was HSM 3 Senior year. So much drama, so much nostalgia, and memories riled up inside me. Memories that didnt really resurface until I read the opening line of this article.
This really is the start of something new Wildcats.
So the basis of this show is the high school where the movies where filmed in the real world is putting on a production of the play version of HSM 1. The real East High is located in Utah so that’ll be kinda fun. There’s a long cast of characters that I’ll break down when we get closer to the release date, and they said that the songs that we know and love will be reinterpreted.
There are roughly 5 ways this series could pan out. I’ll give the likelihood of each.
of each at the end.
1. It could be outright better than the original. This is Disney we’re talking about. Music and good storytelling have always been their cornerstones, so HSMTMTS being better than HSM isn’t totally impossible. I’ll put this at about a 15% chance of happening.
2. It could be very good, but not as good as the original. This is what will probaby end up happening. The music will be good, the story will be good, but just not as good as the thing that started it all. I’ll put this at about a 60% chance of happening. I have high hopes for this series.
3. It will be very mediocre. When was the last time Disney did something that wasn’t spectacular in one way or another? In the words of my junior year English Teacher Jack Bonner, “I’d rather you be spectacularly wrong, than boring and correct.” So go for it Disney. Bop it all the way to the top. Ill put this at 5%.
4. It will be so bad that I don’t want to watch after episode one.
There is no chance this happens so 0%
5. It will be so spectacularly bad that it becomes my new favorite show. If it isn’t gonna be great I hope its the best worst show of all time. If it isn’t gonna be great I want it to be my new Riverdale. Bad, but the story is simple, the characters are bad, but in a good way, and it keeps me coming back for more. I put these odds at about 30%.
I’m excited for this show. I’ll do a full breakdown of it when it comes out. Remember, We’re all in this together.