A brand-new group of Wildcats is taking heart stage in Disney+’s High School Musical: The Musical: The Series. Are you prepared?
For those who grew up watching Disney Channel within the early 2000s, you are most likely aware of the hit film musical franchise franchise. However the brand new present is the right mixture of nostalgia and a bit of “something new.” The truth is, the mockumentary-style present, which premieres on Nov. 12, is not a reboot in any respect, however extra so a continuation of the franchise because it follows a gaggle of scholars from the fictional East High who resolve to placed on a manufacturing of the hit film.
Whereas the brand new stars have been very younger when the primary movie got here out in 2006, ultimately or one other all of them really feel like they grew up with the franchise. “The crazy thing is that, for almost all of us, it’s always been a part of our lives,” 18-year-old Joshua Bassett, who performs musical-hater-turned-musical-star Ricky, advised POPSUGAR. “It’s like Disneyland.” 15-year-old Sofia Wylie, whose triple-threat character Gina is principally “Sharpay 2.0,” added, “You can’t remember the first time you watched it, but you remember the feeling you have when you watch it. It’s straight nostalgia.”
For some actors like 21-year-old Matt Cornett, who performs a well-liked jock named E.J. gunning for the a part of Troy Bolton, it was really the primary musical they actually fell in love with. So, once they all bought solid within the new sequence, that they had a HSM viewing social gathering to rejoice. “High School Musical has this actually cool high quality the place you hearken to a tune daily for every week in your life after which should you return and hearken to it, you may be transported again,” 16-year-old Olivia Rodrigo, who performs a timid theater lady named Nini caught in the course of a love triangle between E.J. and Ricky, stated. “So watching it, it was just kind of a time capsule into my life when I was younger, which is a really nice feeling to revisit something when you’re older and have that reaction.”
Being such massive followers of the franchise, the solid added that it was a dream come true to have the ability to step into these roles and movie on the precise college the place the flicks have been made. “It was pretty crazy,” Cornett stated. “The first scene I filmed was in the cafeteria. I was shell shocked walking into the school and being like, ‘Oh wow, this is the cafeteria. This is like where one of the biggest numbers went down with ‘Stick to the Status Quo.’ It was almost a starstruck moment.”
“It’s straight nostalgia.”
Not solely does the highschool function one massive homage to HSM, however the solid teased that there are many different Easter eggs hidden all through the present since that they had the identical prop grasp who labored on the unique motion pictures. “In one of the episodes, [Cornett] and I have both had backpacks [from the original movie],” Bassett stated. “I have Zac Efron’s backpack and he had Corbin Bleu’s backpack.”
In accordance with the solid, you must also maintain your eyes peeled for Sharpay’s pink microphone in Nini’s bed room and some props within the theater room.
Seeing that the franchise is so iconic, there’s clearly loads of strain on the brand new stars to get it proper; fortunately, they’ve the assist of the OG Wildcats. Whereas each Corbin Bleu (Chad) and Monique Coleman (Taylor) have supplied nice recommendation, it was director Kenny Ortega’s seal of approval that was further particular to Bassett. “He’s a Disney legend,” he stated. “He somehow makes magic movie, after magic movie, after magic movie and he said that this series has that magic to it.”
“It’s really cool that we’re getting to do that for a new generation of younger kids.”
Whereas the present definitely pays tribute to the unique, the solid additionally leaves their mark on the beloved franchise with the incorporation of latest unique songs. “It’s a great thing,” Rodrigo stated. “The soundtrack is superb and it is good to have the ability to introduce an entire new soundtrack to a brand new era, as a result of I used to be obsessive about the High School Musical soundtrack. So it is actually cool that we’re getting to try this for a brand new era of youthful children.”
General, the celebs actually hope unique followers of the franchise will tune into the present and provides it an opportunity. “When I initially heard the idea I was reluctant as well with the whole concept, and upon reading the script I was sold,” Bassett stated. “I was like, ‘I will do whatever it takes to be part of this thing.’ The show speaks for itself. I think people [will] see the show and then they’ll get what we’re doing because it doesn’t need to rely on anything else. And I think they’re going to love it, I really do. Because I was an OG fan and I absolutely loved the show.”