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In honor of HSM3, test your memory of musicals with high school settings:
1. What number is on Troy’s basketball uniform?
2. What is the name of the high school musical they perform in the first movie?
3. What 1978 high school movie musical set in the 1950’s featured real-life 50’s star Eve Arden?
4. What 1963 high school musical begins with a song where teenagers calling each other to talk/sing about about a couple going steady?
5. Who was the “Rock and Roll High School” named after?
6. What rock group was the favorite of the kids in “Rock and Roll High School?”
7. Which popular high school musical has been filmed twice?
8. What musical was about teenagers who wanted to have a dance in a town where rock music was banned?
9. Which superstar duo appeared in several different movies as teenagers who put on musical shows?
10. Which movie with a best-selling and Oscar-winning title song was set in a high school where music and dance were at the heart of the curriculum?
This week, as the powerhouse franchise that is known as “HSM” moves from television to CD (top-seller of the year), DVD, stage show, video game, ice show, birthday party decoration theme, and now feature film theatrical release, it’s time to take another look at the original that became the unstoppable hit of 2006, the original Disney Channel movie, “High School Musical.”
When Troy (Zac Efron) and Gabriella (Vanessa Anne Hudgens) find themselves singing karaoke together at a resort on New Year’s Eve, they feel a connection. But then it turns out she has transferred to his school. Vacation is one thing, but at school people tend to stick to clearly defined roles. He’s a basketball star. She’s a math whiz. Their friends all think anyone outside their group is not worth talking to, and the idea of liking anything different is not tolerated.
But they still have music in common — and a lot of chemistry (Efron and Hudgens became a real-life couple). Despite the best, or perhaps I should say worst efforts of bother-sister scene-stealers Ryan and Sharpay Evans (Lucas Grabeel and Ashley Tisdale as HSM’s version of Team Rocket) to hold onto the lead roles in the…high school musical, talent and integrity win the day.
My favorite number in the show is the joyous salute to being yourself, “Stick to the Status Quo.” Can’t wait to see HSM3. Go Wildcats!
Thanks so much to the Acalanes Blueprint student newspaper for interviewing me about “The Dark Knight!”
“Adolescents have always been drawn to stories of transformation and duality,” said Minow in a Blueprint interview. “It’s a very well-written, acted, and directed movie that engages some ambitious plot elements about morality, compromise, and whether the ends justify the means.”
And thanks to the Wichita Eagle for letting people know about my upcoming appearance at the Tallgrass Film Festival.
My recent Congressional testimony on Lehman and AIG got some press coverage, too.
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