Friday, August 17th, 2007 at 12:19 pm in Kids & Tweens.
Itâ€™s back. â€śHigh School Musical 2â€ť has been the endless conversation topic in my household all week. The sequel to the popular musical airs on the Disney Channel at 8 p.m. tonight. (But have no fear â€” as the first one showed us â€” if you miss tonightâ€™s premiere, it will air again. And again. And again.)
Ever since â€śHigh School Musicalâ€ť skyrocketed to shocking success, pop culture aficionados have compared it to the musical of my generation, â€śGrease.â€ť As luck would have it, my stepdaughter, Dana, stumbled across the classic on a cable station this past weekend. â€śIs this any good?â€ť she asked. Bless you, I thought. This was my chance to expose her to a real musical revolution.
I dusted off my VCR copy, so she could watch it from the beginning. I still remembered the words to most songs, but, fearing sheâ€™d run screaming from the room, simply hummed to them softly. I cheered (again quietly) when Danny beat Kenickie at Thunder Road. I got a kick out of seeing Frankie Avalon. I forgave the director for what I now recognize as a cheesy, fly-into-the-sunset ending.
When it was all done, I turned to Dana with great anticipation. â€śWasnâ€™t that great?â€ť I asked. â€śSure,â€ť she said with nonchalance. â€śBut the actors are pretty old.â€ť Humph! Talk about feeling oneâ€™s age. All I can say is that I canâ€™t wait until her children are old enough to say the same after watching the â€śHigh School Musicalâ€ť franchise.
– Ann Tatko-Peterson