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No one, and I mean no one, on planet Earth could have predicted that "High School Musical" would become the phenomenon that it has become. If "Grease" was the word in the late-1970s, then "HSM" was the word in 2006...and possibly 2007.
Not only did the original Disney Channel production set record ratings for the channel, but it also spawned a hugely popular soundtrack which is still high on the Billboard charts, shows in some of the Disney theme parks and most recently, a concert tour which has been very successful. And "High School Musical 2" is set to debut on Disney Channel on August 17, 2007.
Which brings us to "High School Musical: The
Concert (Extreme Access Pass)." Filled with high energy and the songs that
fans have embraced, the energetic cast of "HSM" shows why the original movie
was such a hit.
Part of the appeal, beyond the instantly catchy
(and good) songs is the cast. Watching this DVD, I was caught up in their
enthusiasm for the material and the connection they feel with their
audience. "HSM" was one of those moments in which everything from the cast,
the songs, the choreography (by director Kenny Ortega) and simple
boy-meets-girl story, struck gold. The DVD has short takes on how the cast
feels about the surprising success of the original movie and its affect on
pop culture. It seems that everyone is genuinely thankful that fans have
Today, with pop idols falling from their pedestal
created by fans and the media, seeing "HSM: The Concert" is refreshing.
It's reasonable to compare the cast to that of the original "Mickey Mouse
Club." Fresh faces, lots of singing and dancing add up to an entertaining
show. The cast is appealing because they connect with the audience of young
kids and their parents. Nothing about it is offensive. Indeed, one could
criticize this show for being too sweet and light. But I don't believe that
"HSM: The Concert" is so saccharine that even the most cynical person would
be turned off by it. It hits all the right buttons.
If you're a fan of the movie, you're going to eat
this DVD up. Perhaps the "HSM" has run its course, and its audience my be
getting weary of it. But with two sequels coming out soon, it doesn't seem
like the show is going to end anytime soon.
Special thanks to Mac & Dinah McLean
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