On Friday, November 8th ABC, Disney Channel, and Freeform showed the first episode of the highly anticipated Disney+ series High School Musical: The Musical: The Series. The series, for those who don’t know, follows a group of students at the high school where the original High School Musical films were filmed as they put on their first production of High School Musical: The Musical.
The first episode sets up the main storyline and characters as they audition for the parts of High School Musical: The Musical. Ricky (Joshua Bassett) is trying to get his girlfriend Nini (Olivia Rodrigo) back after a “break” in their relationship causes her to date the new boy she met at summer camp, E.J (Matt Cornett). So Ricky auditions for the musical along side Nini and E.J. We are also introduced to multiple characters of the drama department, such as Nini’s friend Kortney (Dara Renee), Ricky’s friend Big Red (Larry Saperstein), and the new drama teacher Miss Jenn (Kate Reinders). By the end of the episode we are set up what is going to be a drama filled season.
I was excited for the series as a fan of musical theater and teen dramas. And the first episode hooked me into seeing the rest of the show. The mockumentary style reminiscent of shows such as The Office, adds a unique feel to the show and makes for some clever jokes. The actors are all talented in playing their characters and having great singing vocals as well. The two different songs sung in this episode are the new “I Think, I Kinda, You Know” and “The Start Of Something New”. The first song is a sweet testament to Ricky and Nini’s relationship; while Nini singing “The Start of Something New” is a great scene to see her break out of her shell and sing the classic song. While we will get to hear the original songs of the HSM films, I can’t wait to hear the brand new songs for the series.
Overall, I recommend this series as something to put on your Disney+ watchlist. If your a fan of drama, singing, dancing, relatable characters, and clever jokes, then this well be the show for you. I wouldn’t be surprised if this becomes one of the surprise hits of the streaming service. I give the episode a A-. Check back to Disney Out Loud as I review every episode of the series!
The first episode premieres on the launch day of Disney+, November 12. The second episode will be on the service on November 15, with new episodes every Friday after that.