High School Musical: The Musical: The Series might not have been an appealing idea for millennials and anyone who lived through the original trilogy. Disney Channel definitely doesn’t pander to that demographic. And with Disney+ so new, it was hard to guess who this show was made for. However, since it debuted, it’s very obvious that the show was not only made with those original fans in mind, but it brought great writing and a unique storyline to the forefront.
The unique structure was the meta aspect of it all. They put the setting at the actual, real-life high school the High School Musical movies were shot at and focused on kids who went there putting on a production of High School Musical. But what really makes the series stand out are the new songs, written for the show.
Nini (Olivia Rodrigo) writing “All I Want” in ‘High School Musical: The Musical: The Series’ | Disney+They actively made the series different than ‘High School Musical,’ but it still works
These new, original songs took the series from being just a jukebox musical of sorts and made it its own. It set its own tone that aided the well-written script and great actors. The way the creatives went into this show would have made it stand out from the original movies regardless, but the songs were just the extra cherry on top.
“Everybody was so careful to make sure that it’s not a remake and to make sure people know that it’s not a remake. There’s literally no way you can remake High School Musical,” Olivia Rodrigo, who plays Nini, told Decider. “[The originals were] lightning in a bottle. We can’t do that again, we have to do our own 2019 fresh take on it.”
Disney almost didn’t have Rodrigo and Bassett write songs for the show
Nini (Olivia Rodrigo) and Ricky (Joshua Bassett) sing in ‘HSMTMTS’ | Disney+
While we all love the songs “All I Want” and “Just For a Moment,” which went on to become viral bops thanks to Tik Tok, they almost didn’t put the actors behind the songs. But that was ultimately the best move, considering they know their characters the best and are pretty similar to them. It came off as pretty authentic because they can relate to what they’re writing.
“A lot of the songs are written by people on the outside who kind …
Source:: Showbiz Cheat Sheet