Little March and I rock out again...
Over the weekend little march, Mrs March and I took in the live stage version of the Disney Channel original movie High School Musical. I got tickets a few months ago and it was finally time to go.
Now some readers might be asking "Why are you doing this review?" Well when I check statcounter I get a fair # of hits to this blog on said subject matter so I want to help out other parents.
If you know about the movie and the music (it was the #1 selling album of the year for god sake) you know the drill on the movie. Its basically a modern version of
Grease. Its good clean fun and the kids (at least mine) are mad for it.
We got to the venue as the opener was on stage. Once again, it was
Jordan Pruitt and it was just her with the backing music track. She did a few songs and that was that. We saw her open for the Cheetah Girls but little march suddenly was a "bigger fan" and would later comment she was sad we missed part of her set.
After a 20 minute intermission the show began and it was really all in all pretty good. The crowd was mostly young girls 6-12ish and man can they scream. The show ran about 90 minutes and they broke it out with various solo sets. 3 of the cast members have either a new cd coming, one that is out or a new movie on Disney coming in January.
Ashely Tisdale was the first of the three to go. She has a new record coming out and she did 2-3 songs. Flanked by dancers and smoke etc she went thru the motions. They then did a few more HSM songs and then it was a turn for Corbin Bleu. He only did 2 songs but he shot out from under the stage and was flanked by a few dancers as well. It was very short..then back to HSM songs. The last of the three was
Vanessa Hudgens. She has a cd that has been out and is finally branching out from Radio Disney land to hit some of the local top 40 stations. Mrs March is a fan of the single so she and little march cut some mean rug when she played that. She did 3 and was done.
The show ended with "Were all in this together" complete with the dancers and a re-enactment of the final scene. The turned up the lights and asked the kids to scream and dance with them. It was freaking bedlam..and absoulte scream fest. There is something to say about ear plugs I tell you.
I was impressed they streched it to 90 minutes and that there was a live band backing the kids up. Pyro, confetti, smoke..all the rock show stuff you expect was there too.
The tour is due to wrap up soon so I am not sure how many parents out there care..but a few suggestions per the norm.
1 - arrive early, get bathroom and snacks out of the way.
2 - if you are going to get merchandise do so early as the lines after the show are 20+ people deep with no order. They had a few "express" ie "Cash only" lines but the merch was very limited. The "big" tables of merch were the biggest (suprise Disney is involved) I had ever seen. They had SEVENTEEEN shirts as well as eveyrthing else under the sun. Shirts were 35.00 to boot..yet parents were buying it all up.
3 - bring earplugs. For the screams alone....
So if you stumbled upon this blog doing a search I hope it helped for those of you that read on a somewhat regular basis expect the usual crap tomorrow.