So guess what? Corbin Bleu, of High School Musical fame, is on Dancing with the Stars this season to strut his stuff, and he’s clearly not ashamed of his High School Musical past, as per the adorable homage he paid to it above. Lucas Grabeel was even there to cheer him on from the sidelines, which warmed my little Chad/Ryan shipper heart. But sadly, after I ended up rewatching the entire film series in a fit of Dancing with the Stars-induced nostalgia, I’ve come to realize that High School Musical is sort of like the steak TV dinner that you really like until you realize that real steak tastes about a thousand times better.
Spoilers, if you haven’t already heard everything there is to hear about this Disney film, after the jump.
I personally look forward to this. I think he’s got an uphill battle in winning over theatre fans having come from High School Musical which many pretentious conservative musical theatre fans consider a nearly mortal sin but he’s proven himself onstage before. I myself had my reservations when he was cast in the lead role of Usnavi in In the Heights, despite being an HSM fan myself, but he really impressed me and I think he’ll be great as Jesus. He has a real humble and friendly charm onstage that I think will be perfrect for this show.
He may also have another prejudice against him as he takes on this role as many people aren’t comfortable seeing a person of color portray Jesus. If anything we can at least hope that these people will have enough of a sense of shame to not voice this particular complaint, though I wouldn’t be surprised if anonymous commentors on various theatre sites make an issue of his race (some posts on broadwaysecrets when the news broke were not particularly reassuring)
But let’s not worry about that, let’s just look forward to what Corbin can bring to this production! It looks like a very good one and I hope to get to see it while he’s starring. My friend and I tried the ticket lotto back when we were in NYC a couple months ago but didn’t win so hopefully we’ll get to see it this summer.