Can we talk about how in the High School Musical movies, Ryan and Sharpay’s dream was Broadway and it was portrayed as the ultimate goal?
Not Hollywood. Not film. Not tv. Broadway.
This franchise has it’s flaws, but for once theatre was shown as the pinnacle of an actor’s dream instead of a stepping stone to become famous behind a camera (in real life, sadly actors are only taken seriously after they do camera work, usually never before). I know theatre is getting more popular, thanks to Hamilton and recently successful musical movies, and there’s a handful of tv shows and movies now that say its is as desirable as Hollywood.
But with HSM, it was shown as cool for a generation of kids in the 2000s. When does that ever happen? When are dancers portrayed as awesome like Ryan? When are composers like Kelsi shown as talented instead of wasting their time tinkering around on a piano? When were singers who can’t stop talking about musicals like Sharpay portrayed as well, fabulous instead of annoying? Sure, her personality wasn’t portrayed as something to be emulated, but her love for the stage set her apart. The theatre nerd was the most popular girl in school.
Good for you, High School Musical.