the musical high school The franchise is known for several things: being one of Disney’s most successful film series, launching the careers of Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens, and most notably delivering the musical number we didn’t deserve, “I Want it All” from High School Musical 3: secondary year. Throughout the trilogy, the films have featured a list of unforgettable tracks. Whether Troy Bolton frolics on a golf course singing “Bet On It” or Gabriella Montez sings “When There Was Me and You” – capturing pure teenage heartbreak before Olivia Rodrigo made an album of it – a lot of his songs go down in history for their catchy beats and catchy lyrics. But “I Want it All” brought a new level of uplifting song and dance that Ashley Tisdale and Lucas Grabeel poured their hearts and souls into.
musical high schoolThe final episode of was the only film to hit theaters, and with its eminence, its musical numbers were only worth seeing on the big screen. the film opened at $17 million, defining the biggest opening day for a musical film of all time, at the time. It went on to gross over $250 million, winning numerous accolades including Best Picture at the Kids’ Choice Awards. And his 12-song album has sold nearly 4 million copies worldwide, which is completely understandable, especially if you’ve heard track number 3. That said, “I Want It All” was arguably the best musical number in the franchise – here’s why.
Two words: budget increase. Where Ryan and Sharpay’s first cinematic duet, “Bop to the Top,” relied on a mostly bare stage decorated only with a tinsel-covered ladder, this musical number had everything from turntables to a cabana, and even fireworks. Like the first “Stick to the Status Quo” movie, “I Want it All” was shot mostly in the school cafeteria. But what was once a room filled with a crowd of singing and dancing high school kids has become a red (or in Sharpay’s case, pink) carpet premiere complete with paparazzi, a mock-up of 42nd Street in Times Square and a box black with a cherry color. backdrop and bright spotlight shining on the two protagonists and their background dancers. There’s never a dull moment throughout the entire song, and often it’s even hard to know where to look. The set changes several times, and each one is more exciting than the last.
The head of each school’s musical, Sharpay had worked hard to become a superstar. With Ryan, she dreamed of winning the scholarship to the Juilliard School. But bigger is better and throughout the song, she imagines the standing ovation and easily achievable fanbase showering her with bouquets of roses, as well as the ambitious Oscar win and her name. in light at Carnegie Hall. While Ryan, of course, also yearns for a prosperous future, throughout the issue Sharpay constantly encourages him to dream bigger. “A little is never enough,” she sings, insisting that sold-out shows are just the stepping stone to their careers.
The immaculate choreography
With an award-winning choreographer like Kenny Ortega, viewers can expect nothing but great dance routines. He was also choreographer for the two previous films and director of all three. Disney Channel even launched dance versions of the films where, during commercial breaks, actors taught the audience choreography that diehard fans were likely already familiar with. Cheerleaders and basketball stars perform as backup dancers, reaching for the sky at the Pit, rolling on the floor and unmistakably carrying Sharpay to the floor. The scene is completed by a chorus of pink-haired dancers, dancing and kicking perfectly in sync, which further reinforces why people are dazzled by musicals.
With different sets comes different costumes. Sharpay and Ryan started the number in the already eccentric everyday wear, which consisted of a hot pink croc skirt and matching pumps for her, and a lavender argyle sweater vest and signature fedora for him. The two wore a total of five outfits over the four and a half minutes, ending with all white ensembles for both: the Evans woman wore a bedazzled tank top leotard with her hair styled in a bob, while the boy graced us with a monochrome tuxedo with a matching top hat.
As East High’s queen bee, it’s no surprise that Sharpay sees herself above all of her classmates, and to her fantasy, they’re essentially her minions. Whether maids or bodyguards, drivers or air hostesses, each student was tasked with catering to their every whim. Troy himself was even reduced to being a Sharpay fanboy – with a Sharpay t-shirt and his initials surrounded by a heart tattooed on his arm – who was quickly escorted away by security as he begged, “Let’s go.” me to meet you, Sharpay! Even Oprah Winfrey fell victim to Ryan and Sharpay’s self-worship, as they repeatedly rejected her invitation to appear on her show. But it didn’t stop there: Sharpay was also on the cover of teen magazines, the marquee that was actually named after today’s school lunch (after all, they were in the cafeteria all the time) , turned into “Ryan and Sharpay in Everything” and the tap-dancing twins imagined performing across the globe, with the final destination and highest note being New York because, as Sharpay said, “When Broadway knows your name, you know you’re a Star.”
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