Wednesday, July 30, 2008

What I've Been Looking For

No one can question the phenomenon that is High School Musical, it has proved to be a massively popular brand. If you haven't caught the hype then you have been lucky, it started as an infectious TV movie that provided unforgettable songs for the noughties generation. The quadruple-platinum soundtrack was last year's bestselling album, which speaks volumes about how highly regarded the franchise has become! My daughter absolutely adores the movies and is awaiting the third installment with a lot of anticipation.

Luckily we were able to take in the stage version of the High School Musical at Hammersmith Apollo yesterday. I managed to get front row seats and wasn't disappointed! The story takes place at East High School and is the modern day Romeo and Juliet -

Troy Bolton and Gabriella Montez met over winter break after they were forced to sing together at a party. They became friends, and expected not to see each other again. But then, Gabriella's mother's company transferred her to another home in Alburquerqe, New Mexico, where Troy lives. Then, Troy and Gabriella end up at the same school after winter break. They decide to audition for their school's musical, and after they audition and get a call back along with Sharpay and Ryan Evans, the two actors who've been in every school musical, the whole school makes the biggest deal out of it. Then, Troy and Gabriella's call back was amazing, and Troy and Gabriella got the leading parts in the musical, and Ryan and Sharpay were the understudies.Written by Hayden Vurdie

So how did the musical make the transition to the stage, very well as it was energetic and enjoyable. All the main characters were strong, I was really impressed with Sharpay as she came across well. The scene's with the basketball action worked well, I thought the final match was great where Troy scored the winner. Another stand out moment was when the character's were in detention with Eastender's Letitia Dean who played the drama teacher. They had to roll play and one of the pupil's acted out the role of a worm, crawling across the front of the stage. We laughed, cheered and sang along and definitely recommend this as a good night out!