Okay, since I heard that ABC jumped on the live musical wagon with The Little Mermaid Live! (Yes, I’m aware that it’s just going to be done concert style sort of like what they did at the Hollywood Bowl, but I’m still very excited about it!)
If that becomes successful, imagine what other live musicals they could do. Beauty and The Beast Live, Newsies Live, but I have an idea what they could do after The Little Mermaid.
Okay don’t kill me, but I think they should do…
Okay here me out on this one.
If ABC did do this as a live TV musical, they would definitely get people’s butts on the couch. Admit it, those of us who were Disney Channel kids grew up with this movie and loved it, loved it so much that we couldn’t stop singing all the songs, quoting every scene, and obsessing over the cast. Now, it seems like High School Musical’s popularity is starting to make a comeback, and they’re even making a fourth installment, so why not do a live musical television event of High School Musical.
Also High School Musical has a special place in my heart. I loved this movie growing up and it was the first play that I did in high school’s drama club (I was a Skater Dude), although everyone in the club is kind of pulling a “Zac Efron” right now, saying that they regret it and it was the worst thing that we’ve ever done, but I still enjoyed.
If ABC does decide to this. I have an idea on who they could cast (and just to clarify since all of the live TV musicals are more based of the stage versions of certain musical, and yes there is an official stage version of High School Musical, but it was off-Broadway. Also the stage version is a little different from the show, Gabriella’s mom, Troy’s mom, and the Principal are cut from the show and there is a character that was added in):
Derek Klena as Troy Bolton
(Come on, he would be perfect for this role and I did a little research, and I found out that Derek did play Troy once for a community theatre play.)
Eva Noblezada as Gabriella Montez
(Just like Derek, Eva would be perfect for this role, and she’s also Filipina, just like Vanessa Hudgens. She also looks like she would have great chemistry with Derek.)
Dove Cameron as Sharpay Evans
(She killed it as Amber in Hairspray Live! To me, Dove makes a really convincing Queen Bee and since she is already good friends with Kenny Ortega, the director of all three HSM movies, why not cast her as Sharpay Evans?)
Ben Cook as Ryan Evans
Anthony Ramos as Chad Danforth
(He already has the puffy hair.)
Jasmine Cephas Jones as Taylor McKessie
Auli'i Cravalho as Kelsi Nielsen
(Come on, she would make an adorable Kelsi.)
Jordan Fisher as Zeke Baylor
Katie Ladner as Martha Cox
(If any of you guys are fans of Heathers, admit it she would be amazing in this role.)
Mike Faist as Ripper (The “I play the cello” guy)
George Salazar as Jason Cross
Ryan Potter as Jack Scott
(Jack Scott was a character they added in the stage version of High School Musical, he’s East High’s PA announcer and he also has a crush on Kelsi. Jack Scott isn’t a singing part, so they don’t have to worry about getting a singer to play this role.)
You sigh and slip your heels on. Open house was always the worst. You had already been to school for a few weeks, so the newness had worn off, but the parents were still shocked. You taught primarily freshman English, so the parents were so excited and very involved. You smooth your black pencil skirt one last time before stepping out.
Philip glares at his parents. They adopted him almost a year ago and decided that they needed to make up for the thirteen years they missed. “You promise you won’t embarrass me?”
The four men laugh slightly before Alex speaks up. “Promise.”
Philip rolls his eyes as his dads walk out.
You put on a fake smile as the parents of your third-period class walk in. You watch the couples try to keep each other in line. Most of them were in their forties or fifties, so the romance had kinda worn off. You were about to start when four shockingly young men walk in. “I told you it was 103, Alex,” a man with a French accent mutters.
The man who you assume was Alex responds by gently slapping his arm. You watch as the man with long, curly hair looks over your figure, earning him a punch in the arm from the tall, well-built man, who whispers something in his ear, causing the shorter man to blush.
You clap your hands together and begin your presentation, which you finish early. “Any questions?”
The French man slightly raises his hand. “Oui. Our son is incredibly intelligent. Is he in the right class?”
You laugh slightly. “Well, I am also certified to teach multiple AP classes, so I like to think that my advanced freshman English class will suit him. Any other questions?”
You almost don’t hear the tall man whisper, “Can I have your number?”
You laugh slightly and take other questions. As the parents walk out, you watch the four young men walk out together, wishing you could join them.
Parent-teacher conferences were the worst hours of your life. You had to listen to the parents of terrible children tell you that you were just a terrible person, and the parents of good children ask what they can do to improve.
“Does anyone have a conference slip for me?” you ask a few minutes before the bell rings. Philip Hamilton slowly walks over to you.
“I, uh, my dads are coming. I’m sorry.”
You take the slip and give him a confused look. “There’s nothing to apologize for.”
“It’s just- they’re loud, and the four of them tend to catch people off guard.”
You suddenly remember the four men who walked in on open house. “Philip, you have nothing to apologize for. I’m just surprised they want to meet with me. You are doing wonderfully.”
He smiles slightly. “You aren’t going to judge me based on my parents.”
You shake your head. “No, no, of course not!”
“I understand, but I can assure you that you have nothing to worry about. The bell is going to ring soon.”
He nods slightly and goes back to his desk.
You sit behind your desk, waiting for the next parents walk in. The four men look at you, a hint of recognition when you see them. You smile and tell them to pull up chairs.
“Philip’s parents, correct?”
The short man with his dark hair pulled back responds, “Yes, ma’am.”
You smile. “I must say that your son is doing fabulously in my class; I don’t really have anything to talk to you about. Do you have any concerns?”
The man with the French accent speaks up. “How has he been? I know that we just moved here and that our family is a bit different than most…”
You look down. “It really isn’t my place to get into a student’s personal life, but he did apologize multiple times before you came. He was worried about how I would react. I can assure you that he had no reason to worry and that my door will always be open.”
The tallest man with the beanie looks at you. “He’s embarrassed by us?”
The short man looks at his husband. “Oh. Thank you for your time, Ms. (L/N).”