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By Jackie Burrell
Wednesday, April 16th, 2008 at 10:50 am in Family Entertainment.

“High School Musical” the Musical – as opposed to the hit Disney Channel TV musical, ice show, DVD, soundtrack or board game – just hit San Francisco’s Orpheum Theater stage. And Times theater critic Pat Craig gives the production two thumbs up, both for idea and execution.

“If you think about it, a more noteworthy surprise would have been if Disney’s hot ‘High School Musical’ movie series had not been turned into a stage musical,” he says, “and if the excitement surrounding the franchise didn’t have the energy and life expectancy of plutonium.” But this “light, sassy musical” delivers, says Craig, and even if your kids have seen the video version 40 million times, “the show is a real family treat, and a great way to introduce pre-teens to big-time, Broadway-style theater.”

So, how many times have your kids seen the show in any of its myriad forms? And will you shell out the big bucks for the Broadway stage version?

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