Things I think about at 2:35am apparently -

The original High School Musical is the most consistent in terms of plot, characters, and story structure.

High School Musical 2 is the most fun to watch with the best overall soundtrack (even if its existence adds nothing to the overall trilogy).

High School Musical 3 is the most polished with the best production design and the best choreography of the trilogy thanks to a better budget.

All 3 films have their strengths and weaknesses, and honestly??? What an iconic trilogy???? Also, all 3 films pass the Bechdel test and have a diverse cast. Lord of the Rings who?????

Why can’t black girls have a happy teen movie for once? Something bad always happens whether it be depression, teen pregnancy, death, fighting, bullying, drug abuse, or heartbreak in the worst way. Teen black girl movies are always traumatizing.

When are we gonna get a Clueless, Bring it On, Mean Girls, High School Musical, Wild Child type movie where we are the main character? This goes for other girls of color too.

  • what she says: I'm fine
  • what she means: Gabriella opens her mouth at the start of breaking free to sing and can't because of stage fright. But then the first line of the song is sung by Troy?? Was she meant to start it instead? Did he take her lines because she was nervous? Did they sing the whole song singing the wrong parts? Was that not really difficult and confusing to do? Do they switch back at any point? When? Or was there maybe a whole line at the start of the song that Gabriella was meant to sing that we never heard???? Did something come before we're soaring, flying??? What are we missing out on? Will we ever know???
Musicals as John Mulaney Quotes
  • Heathers: “Hey, do you want me to kill that guy for you? Because it sounds like he sucks and I will totally kill that guy for you.”
  • Next to Normal: “I was like, ‘Well here goes nothing. YOU EVER SEEN A GHOST?’ And my mom said, ‘Yes.’ Which is the best answer.”
  • Fun Home: “I have a girlfriend now myself, which is weird because I’m probably gay based on the way I act and behave and have walked and talked for 28 years.”
  • Dear Evan Hansen: “And then I said, ‘No.’ Y’know, like a liar.”
  • The Producers: “I would assume that’s someone dressed as Hitler. I’m not gonna kill that guy. I’m not gonna kill an actor and ruin Indiana Jones 5 just ‘cause I don’t understand costumes.”
  • Be More Chill: “I don’t like robots… thinkin’ of things.”
  • High School Musical: “Every new song is about how tonight is the night, and how we only have tonight. That is such 19-year-old horseshit.”
  • Mean Girls: “What’s a clique?” “It’s when a group of people hang out together.” “Oh, you mean like having friends?” “No, because these people make fun of other people.” “Oh, you mean like having friends?”
  • Hamilton: “I learned to play his campaign song on the piano. It was ‘Don’t Stop’ by Fleetwood Mac… from Rumours, an album written by and for people cheating on each other. He let us know who he was right away.”
  • RENT: “I am homeless, I am gay, I have AIDS, I’m new in town.”
  • Avenue Q: “Yes, you heard me. An English major.
  • Starship: “You spend most of your day telling a robot that you’re not a robot. Think about that for two minutes and tell me you don’t wanna walk into the ocean.”
  • 1776: “I was in Connecticut recently, doing white people stuff.” Alt: “I don’t remember that in Hamilton…”

I’m so sick of this stigma that theatre geeks’ favorite musicals can’t be High School Musical or Les Mis or Wicked or Phantom or Hamilton or any other popular musicals. Like. There is a reason it is popular, and that’s because it’s good.