In her face

Taylor McKessie (Monique Coleman, left) watches as brother and sister, Ryan Evans (Lucas Grabeel) and Sharpay Evans (Ashley Tisdale) confront Gabriella Montez (Vanessa Anne Hudgens) about her entry in the high school musical tryouts.

This musical relates to the kids in the audience with performers about their own ages with similar problems and outlooks. The problems are taken care of — just like on TV — within the limits of the show. The music, although most is not my style, is catchy and rhythmic. The songs feel natural — even though I’ve never seen a basketball team do a rap song and dance while dribbling/shooting baskets.”High School Musical”is a fun movie that puts its own spin on the stories seen in the classic musicals.

This release has been compared by some critics to the ’70s musical, Grease, and while it may not be quite the same caliber, “High School Musical” definitely does a good job of carrying on the tradition of sing-along fun.

This presents a movie with a strong and uplifting moral. Other than having some girls go ga-ga over the male lead, the only potential concern parents might have is one of the outfits worn by his co-star, Gabriella (Vanessa Anne Hudgens). For the most part, kids in the movie are dressed appropriately.

The movie, as do all Disney releases, has a moral — be true to yourself. It addresses the aspect of peer pressure that has kids hide portions of themselves because they worry about what their friends will think in a way that’s upbeat and fun. You know where the plot is going, but “High School Musical” is surprisingly fun despite its obviousness.

My wife’s nail technician claims her small son will not leave the house if “High School Musical” in on the Disney Channel. She said he loves the music and the dancing.

Cast: Zac Efron, Vanessa Anne Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Corbin Bleu, Lucas Grabeel, Monique Coleman, Bart Johnson, Oleysa Rulin and Alyson Reed.

High School Musical

Rated (**** out of *****)

Synopsis: (Courtesy of Buena Vista Home Entertainment) “High School Musical,” the contemporary movie musical that has captivated kids, tweens and families as part of the blockbuster Disney Channel Original Movie franchise, and is the highest-rated original programming in the history of the network, has debuted on Disney DVD, May 23, 2006. A “break into song” production, the comedic “High School Musical” follows two teens, Troy and Gabriella, who must learn to believe in themselves and follow their dreams, despite the polarization of high school cliques.

Allowing fans to experience even more, the DVD will include two versions of the film — the original telecast version and an exciting sing-along version which displays lyrics on screen during all musical numbers, so audiences can learn the words of the film’s chart-topping songs.

“High School Musical” is an entertainment industry sensation. For its premiere telecast, it delivered record Household ratings for Disney Channel and, against all basic cable television networks, was the No. 1 movie of the month in Households, Total Viewers and its targeted youth demographics, Kids age 6-14.

For its 6 telecasts thus far (January 20-February 13), 26.3 million unduplicated Total Viewers, 8.4 million Kids 6-11 and 8.7 million Tweens 9-14 have tuned in.

The “High School Musical” soundtrack from Walt Disney Records also made its mark and within a month of its release, shipped Gold. “Breaking Free” made the largest jump in the 48-year history of the Billboard Hot 100, catapulting from No. 86 to No. 4 in just one week. “Get’cha Head in the Game” broke a 34-year record with its biggest jump ever to No. 23, from No. 100. Seven other singles from the soundtrack also debuted on the Hot 100.

“High School Musical” follows a popular high school basketball star and a shy, academically gifted newcomer who discover they share a secret passion for singing. When they audition for the lead roles in the school musical, it threatens East High’s rigid social order and sends their peers into an uproar. In a desperate effort to maintain the status quo, the “jocks,” the “brainiacs” and even the drama club regulars hatch plots to separate the pair and keep them offstage. By defying expectations and taking a chance on their dreams, Troy and Gabriella inspire other students to go public with some surprising hidden talents of their own.

DVD Bonus Materials:

• “Learning The Moves” with Director/Choreographer Kenny Ortega

• Never-Before-Seen Music Video “I Can’t Take My Eyes Off You”

• Music Video “We’re All In This Together”

• Behind-The-Scenes Featurette

• Two versions of the film – Original and Sing Along

Runtime: approx. 98 minutes

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