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.)
Super crazy, huge (30"x20") watercolor piece of Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion ride… just an idea I’ve had rattling around that I finally pounced on. Lots of in progress shots from pencils to paints over on my Instagram @katiecandraw…