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February 22nd, 2007


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08:20 am - meta meta meta meta meta meta meta meta meta meta meta meta
I just noticed an ad for the North Shore Music Theatre that advertised its upcoming season, which included a stage adaptation of Disney's raging phenomenon (doo doo dee doo doo) that is their made-for-TV teen movie High School Musical. I haven't seen the thing, but you can guess from the title that it's a show about a high school putting on a musical. And, according to several Disney-watching sites, schools have already expressed interest in getting the stage rights for their own performances. So if the rights were granted...

We'd have a high school.

Putting on a musical.

About a high school.

Putting on a musical.

Oh, sure, shows-within-shows ain't nothin new (sup, Kiss Me, Kate; how ya doin, The Producers?) but this... this is almost just too meta for me.

Unless one was to write a screenplay about a high school... putting on a musical... about a high school... putting on a musical...

(ka-BLOOIE!)

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From:fancycwabs
Date:February 22nd, 2007 01:53 pm (UTC)
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Based on what I've seen locally, Disney has no problem granting rights to every single company that wants to stage the show.

*Keeps working on his notes to You're a Good Man, Homestar Runner, and puts Strange Brew, The Musicalon the back burner.*
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From:modpixie
Date:February 22nd, 2007 02:10 pm (UTC)
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even if two companies in the same area are doing the show at the same time? weird.
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From:lixie
Date:February 22nd, 2007 02:50 pm (UTC)
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High School Musical is an insane cash cow for Disney. The movie itself is laughably addictive (I've seen it 4 or 5 times), but it's become a trilogy (the 2nd movie comes out this summer), a tour, debut albums for the female leads in the movie, and at least two board games inspired by the movie. The soundtrack itself has gone 4x platinum.

And despite spatch's joking - there are a lot of high schools (and junior high!) school productions. Wanna check it out?
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From:derspatchel
Date:February 22nd, 2007 05:22 pm (UTC)
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It is pretty darn amazing considering I don't think Disney gave much promotion to it when it went out on TV.

I am just very amused at the layers of meta involved when a high school puts the show on, and quite amazed at the number of schools who are putting it on. Whoa.
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From:lixie
Date:February 22nd, 2007 06:40 pm (UTC)
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I first saw it in late January last year during their "kareoke" version, but I've seen a version where they try to teach you the dance steps. There's also a theatrical spin-off (Haunted High School Musical!!!!1111)

The meta astounds me as well, but it should've never gotten this far! It was directed by the choreographer of Dirty Dancing!
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From:derspatchel
Date:February 22nd, 2007 02:19 pm (UTC)
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and puts Strange Brew, The Musical on the back burner

But my kids have been saving their allowance for WEEKS to see that. What am I supposed to tell them now? JUST WHAT THE HECK AM I SUPPOSED TO TELL THEM?!
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From:fancycwabs
Date:February 22nd, 2007 04:44 pm (UTC)
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Tell them when they get to Octoberfest they can have all the free beer and sausages they can eat.
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From:asd109
Date:February 22nd, 2007 02:43 pm (UTC)
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We'd have a high school. Putting on a musical. About a high school. Putting on a musical.

This isn't really new. My 6th grade choir class put on a musical about a high school putting on a musical (and that was long before high school musical). It was some sort of cheap knock-off of Fame that even included that godawful "I Sing the Body Electric" song. And of course, Fame itself has been done by countless high schools.
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From:emiofbrie
Date:February 22nd, 2007 03:33 pm (UTC)
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Suddenly a certain Bjork video comes to mind..... O.o
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From:allicat42
Date:February 22nd, 2007 03:36 pm (UTC)

Completely off the musical thing...

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Have you seen THIS:

http://www.wsbtv.com/family/11077527/detail.html

Costumes For Cats A Felony?
Restaurant Giving Out Cat Costumes

POSTED: 11:23 pm EST February 21, 2007

TAMPA, Fla. -- Letting the cat out of the bag isn't the problem. It's putting the cat in the bag that's causing controversy.

The Checkers Drive-in chain is running a "Rapcat" promotion. The Tampa-based, fast-food company has a special take-out bag with cutaways for a cat's legs and tail.

Checkers is encouraging customers to dress up their cats with the bag, which is designed to look like a basketball jersey. But officials of Hillsborough County Animal Services warn that putting an unwilling cat into a "Rapcat" bag could be considered felony animal cruelty.

Officials of Checkers said they meant no harm, adding that since the chain began airing Rapcat commercials last fall, customers have been clamoring for Rapcat merchandise.

Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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From:fancycwabs
Date:February 22nd, 2007 04:46 pm (UTC)

Re: Completely off the musical thing...

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But Rap Cat is awesome!

Observe:

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From:ungratefulninja
Date:February 22nd, 2007 07:24 pm (UTC)

Re: Completely off the musical thing...

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The sad part is, I know exactly what episode of The Oblongs that was, just based on the two-second snippet. And I don't even watch the show.

Damn you, photographic memory!
From:(Anonymous)
Date:February 26th, 2007 07:02 pm (UTC)
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As I recall, back when Rob and I were acting in our high school production of KISS ME KATE, I had a somewhat similar idea. KMK is a show about a divorced couple of actors who reunite to appear in TAMING OF THE SHREW and wind up falling back in love. The leads in our production were played by two seniors who had dated for a long while and broken up, more or less amicably. Plus, our directors had this weird, not especially well thought out idea that somehow if they added some weird framing material to the beginning of the show they could make it a play within a play ... within a play. Add to this that SHREW is itself a play within a play, though they frequently cut the stuff with Christopher Sly at the beginning, and it's not used in KISS ME KATE ... BUT, there is the song "We Open in Venice" in which the actors who play the actors who play the characters introduce themselves as a troupe of travelling actors in Italy. This may be a nod to the Christoper Sly stuff, or it just might be that Cole Porter wanted to write a song with a dirty joke about quail. So we, in 1993 at Amherst High, were staging a play within a play within a play within a play. Obviously we needed to add one more layer.

The idea was that we could write a musical using a bunch of Cole Porter songs -- along the lines of CRAZY FOR YOU -- set at a high school production of KISS ME KATE, starring a broken-up couple who reunite as their characters reunite (not that that happened with our leads). This could potentially be a play within a play within a play within a play within a play.

Let's do it!

Noah


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