HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL: THE CONCERT – EXTREME ACCESS PASS
MOVIE: *** (out of 5)
DVD EXPERIENCE: ** (out of 5)
Vanessa Anne Hudgens as GABRIELLA MONTEZ
Ashley Tisdale as SHARPAY EVANS
Lucas Grabeel as RYAN EVANS
Corbin Bleu as CHAD DANFORTH
Monique Coleman as TAYLOR MCKESSIE
Drew Seeley as TROY BOLTON
BY KEVIN CARR
Is it just me, or is “High School Musical” taking over the planet? There’s been a movie, there’s a sequel, and now there’s a concert tour. The cast (minus Zac Efron, who was shooting “Hairspray” at the time) took a trip through 40 cities, and the Houston stop was put on DVD.
This 90-minute concert is condensed into an hour for the package. It features the cast from the movie, with Drew Seeley in the role of Troy Bolton. Telling an abridged version of the film, the stage show features live singing and a big-screen backdrop showing scenes from the film. Additional songs are performed by Vanessa Hudgens, Corbin Bleu and Ashley Tisdale from their solo albums.
The DVD comes with featured songs from concert opener Jordan Pruitt, a backstage look at the touring show and a chance for fans to cut together their own version of the concert with an interactive U Direct selection process.
No worry for “High School Musical” fans. There’s also a live ice show and a stage play coming on tour. And with “High School Musical 2” in the bag, look for another sequel in about a year, I’m sure.