Eight-year-old Chloe Pineau doesn’t mince words about her passion, High School Musical, the wildly popular tween phenomenon that soon arrives in Toronto for an 18-day run as a live stage show.
“It’s, like, a miracle,” Chloe said in a recent interview about her plans to take in the glitzy Disney production at Toronto’s Princess of Wales theatre running from Sept. 5 to Sept. 23.
“I’m very excited about seeing the play. I think it will probably be better on stage ... it will be so cool.”
The timing for the stage show version of High School Musical — cast with theatrically trained actors, not the tabloid fixtures from the blockbuster High School Musical television movies — couldn’t be more fortuitous for Mirvish Productions. Troy, Gabriella, Sharpay and the rest of the gang, after all, arrive on the Canadian stage just a couple of weeks after High School Musical 2 drew record-smashing ratings.
In Canada, the sequel brought a million viewers to the Family Channel, the first time it’s ever attracted that kind of audience.
“It’s not a secret that it’s a very popular title; it’s a huge hit with young teens and kids who are looking forward to high school,” John Karastamatis, director of communications for Mirvish Productions, said in an interview a few days before the stage show’s premiere.
“The sequel broadcast broke every record, so the fact that there’s a stage adaptation just adds to the frenzy.”