Will HSM ever come on Broadway?

disneybroadwayfan22
Broadway Legend
joined:2/10/13
Will HSM ever come on Broadway?
Posted: 6/1/14 at 09:33am
Some factors:
1. High School Musical was a HUGE thing when it was released and it's still well-known today.
2. They managed to make Newsies (a real-life Disney movie) a Broadway musical.
3. I think the national tour was a hit.
4. HSM actually did come to the West End in 2007.

But, I do think the movie would be too cheesy to be on the Broadway stage. Again, Charlie Brown was on Broadway...

Your thoughts?
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SomeOtherMe
Understudy
joined:3/12/14
Will HSM ever come on Broadway?
Posted: 6/1/14 at 09:34am
If it hasn't happened by now, I very much doubt it ever will.

Updated On: 6/1/14 at 09:34 AM
Gothampc
Broadway Legend
joined:5/20/03
Will HSM ever come on Broadway?
Posted: 6/1/14 at 10:00am
What do you think is the hook to get audiences in the door for this show?

HSM is geared toward teenagers and that's a difficult market to produce for. I think HSM has a "cool" factor of zero and teens want a show that is more cool like Wicked. Yes, they're willing to drop $13 at the movies and blow away a Saturday afternoon, but it's different when you're shelling out $150 and have to make a trip to NYC to do it.

Fame has never played Broadway either and I think it's because people want something more substantial in their Broadway experience.
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brdway411
Broadway Star
joined:2/24/14
Will HSM ever come on Broadway?
Posted: 6/1/14 at 10:21am
The reason Newsies was turned into a stage show was because it was the most requested show by schools to do as a play, there was no show, just the movie. It was never supposed to come to Broadway. It was tried at Paper Mill Playhouse. After the successful run there they then decided to move it to Broadway.
Younger Brother
Broadway Star
joined:8/27/12
Will HSM ever come on Broadway?
Posted: 6/1/14 at 10:22am
I'd say no as most of the people who were fans of the movie when it was released now look back at it with a "Really? I enjoyed that?" type of attitude.
darquegk
Broadway Legend
joined:2/5/09
Will HSM ever come on Broadway?
Posted: 6/1/14 at 10:49am
In 15-20 years it could have a kitsch nostalgia factor, not only for being a trend, but for being a very mid-2000s pop culture fest.
brdway411
Broadway Star
joined:2/24/14
Will HSM ever come on Broadway?
Posted: 6/1/14 at 10:59am
Newsies is also somewhat educational and based on real events.
Gothampc
Broadway Legend
joined:5/20/03
Will HSM ever come on Broadway?
Posted: 6/1/14 at 11:03am
"In 15-20 years it could have a kitsch nostalgia factor, not only for being a trend, but for being a very mid-2000s pop culture fest."

I think it would get more mileage if someone did a stage version as satire. Much like Reefer Madness did or how Grease was meant as a lampoon of the 1950s.
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Princeton Returns
Broadway Legend
joined:12/2/10
Will HSM ever come on Broadway?
Posted: 6/1/14 at 02:44pm
The UK tour did a run in Hammersmith, not the West End

The UK tour of HSM2 wasnt a massive hit and its core audience have already grown up and moved on. Thry have missed their shot now
Gomez3
Chorus Member
joined:5/31/14
Will HSM ever come on Broadway?
Posted: 6/1/14 at 02:49pm
The audience that loved it back in 2005 has grown up, and would much rather see Spring Awakening, In the Heights, etc. The current generation of 10 year olds hasn't been exposed to HSM as much as the other generation was, so no, I don't think it could work.
ShakinBaconGirl
Leading Actor
joined:3/25/14
Will HSM ever come on Broadway?
Posted: 6/1/14 at 02:57pm
God I hope not.
Nateben2
Understudy
joined:5/26/14
Will HSM ever come on Broadway?
Posted: 6/1/14 at 03:18pm
I don't think it's on Disney's ten year plan lately.
bdn223
Broadway Star
joined:6/14/08
Will HSM ever come on Broadway?
Posted: 6/1/14 at 03:40pm
Maybe in 2031 in honor of the movie's 25th anniversary Disney might restage it, but from what I have heard the stage adaptation is a a mess in its current incarnation. In 2031, Disney might hire someone who grew up with the film to readapt it and it might work then, since they understood what made the movie work so well in the first place, but until then I don't see it coming anywhere near a Broadway stage anytime soon.
The only way it will come to Broadway before then is for a limited run in-between mega-productions at the New Amsterdam if a show closes earlier than expected with nothing immediately in the wings to replace it, since it could be done on a shoe string budget.
TheGingerBreadMan
Broadway Star
joined:12/7/12
Will HSM ever come on Broadway?
Posted: 6/1/14 at 05:04pm
I never really saw HSM as worthy of a 25th Anniversary production.
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Updated On: 6/1/14 at 05:04 PM
Mr. Nowack
Broadway Star
joined:2/2/14
Will HSM ever come on Broadway?
Posted: 6/1/14 at 06:44pm
I would imagine it really isn't in the works. As others have said, it's audience has pretty much dissolved, plus it would probably be ravaged by the critics and taken as joke by most people (even tourists).

It just doesn't seem worth the time.

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Updated On: 6/1/14 at 06:44 PM
Wickedmonkey332
Featured Actor
joined:5/2/13
Will HSM ever come on Broadway?
Posted: 6/1/14 at 07:13pm
I hope not. The movie is enjoyable enough. When you are 9. No one else wants to spend time or money sitting through that movie, let alone a musical.
bwayphreak234
Broadway Legend
joined:7/4/10
Will HSM ever come on Broadway?
Posted: 6/1/14 at 09:54pm
No.
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Gomez3
Chorus Member
joined:5/31/14
Will HSM ever come on Broadway?
Posted: 6/2/14 at 12:29am
Maybe we'll reach some intellectual enlightening by 2031 and someone will stage HSM as a satire of how we were.
musicman_bwayfan
Broadway Star
joined:6/5/05
Will HSM ever come on Broadway?
Posted: 6/2/14 at 12:49am
I'm sure Tarzan would be revived before HSM is done on Broadway
Justin D
Broadway Legend
joined:4/11/05
Will HSM ever come on Broadway?
Posted: 6/2/14 at 10:53am
I actually saw this on a trio to Toronto because nothing else was on at the time, and truly was surprised they didnt bring it in to Broadway as atleast a filler. That being said though, I thought it looked rather cheap, so maybe Disney didnt think it was up to 'Broadway' standard
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darreyl102
Broadway Legend
joined:8/23/08
Will HSM ever come on Broadway?
Posted: 6/2/14 at 04:14pm
I think the ship has sailed- if it hasn't happened yet, it probably won't happen at all.
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