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'HSM - The Concert' review - Los Angeles Times 1/29/07


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  • 'HSM - The Concert' review - Los Angeles Times 1/29/07

    (Christine Cotter / LAT)
    A growing-pain stage

    By turning its TV-movie hit 'High School Musical' into a concert tour, Disney gives it the old college try. That's part of the problem.

    By Richard Cromelin
    Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
    January 29, 2007,5421152.story
    "If you don't know how to draw, you don't belong in this building" - John Lasseter 2006

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    Re: 'HSM - The Concert' review - Los Angeles Times 1/29/07

    One problem with all these reviews... nobody has done any research to realize the Zac Efron fill in, wasn't really a fill in. He was the guy that actually did the majority of the lead vocals on the Soundtrack.


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      Re: 'HSM - The Concert' review - Los Angeles Times 1/29/07

      Ashley Tisdale is older than me.


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        Re: 'HSM - The Concert' review - Los Angeles Times 1/29/07

        I think pushing links is tabu here, but was surprised the LA Times couldn't come up with a better picture than that (it's blurry). Here's links to mine.


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          Re: 'HSM - The Concert' review - Los Angeles Times 1/29/07

          Recently Reviewed

          High School Musical: The Concert

          (Staples Center, Los Angeles; 15,000; $58.50 top)

          By Michael Speier
          January 31, 2007

          Presented by AEG Live. Reviewed Jan. 29, 2007.

          With: Vanessa Hudgens, Corbin Bleu, Lucas Grabeel, Ashley Tisdale, Monique Coleman, Drew Seeley.
          Also appearing, Jordan Pruitt.

          If attracting 15,000 screaming fans -- from age 6 to 60 -- doesn't prove once and for all that "High School Musical" has become the pop culture movement of its time, then nothing will. The kids appearing on the biggest-selling album of 2006 -- and in the Emmy-winning Disney Channel movie -- wrapped up their 40-city tour and put an exclamation point on the fact that this little bubble-gum pop tuner is the perfect project for the zitgeist set, their younger siblings and their parents. "HSM" nation is huge.

          For the uninitiated, "High School Musical" is "Fame" meets "Grease" meets "Romeo and Juliet," and its collection of catchy songs, wholesome moments, and, frankly, smokin' hot kids has melded into the ultimate phenomenon among TV projects.

          Show translated a little awkwardly to the stage, however. The enthusiasm was all there, but innocence was replaced with a tawdry-ish sex appeal that seems out of line with both this specific project and Disney properties in general.

          The movie was rooted in puppy-dog eyes and first crushes, but the marketeers have ably amped up the stage show's bump-and-grind factor by allowing three of its stars -- Ashley Tisdale, Corbin Bleu and Vanessa Hudgens -- to showcase songs from their new albums. The result: HSM's friendship anthems were peppered with provocative moves that, well, kept the dads involved.

          Even losing its biggest star didn't hurt an ounce: Zac Efron, the big name and "matinee idol" of the gang, was off filming "Hairspray," so Drew Seeley -- Efron's singing voice in the movie -- filled in throughout the tour perfectly. (The fact that Efron was the only one with a voice double also shows he probably is the one cast member who can't carry a similar tune.)

          In typical Disney marketing fashion, the Mouse used the opportunity to tout its latest creation, Jordan Pruitt, who, of course, told everyone when they could buy her upcoming album.

          "If you don't know how to draw, you don't belong in this building" - John Lasseter 2006


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            Re: 'HSM - The Concert' review - Los Angeles Times 1/29/07

            Photo by Kelly A. Swift for the OC Register
            'High School Musical' scores review

            Concert version of Disney hit gives fans what they crave.

            By PETER LARSEN
            The Orange County Register
            Monday, January 29, 2007

            "If you don't know how to draw, you don't belong in this building" - John Lasseter 2006


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              Re: 'HSM - The Concert' review - Los Angeles Times 1/29/07

              More, new 'High School Musical'

              First came High School Musical, the Disney Channel movie. Then the DVD. Then the concert tour. And now High School Musical: The Concert DVD, reports our own Mike Snider. Due out June 26, the DVD includes live performances from the 42-city concert tour.

              In addition to performing all the songs from the film, Musical stars Corbin Bleu, Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Tisdale perform material from their current or future solo albums. And here's a cool feature: a “U Direct” special feature lets DVD viewers choose between four different camera angles.
              "If you don't know how to draw, you don't belong in this building" - John Lasseter 2006


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