This month, the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati unveils its most ambitious — and perhaps best-selling — production to date: Disney’s High School Musical.

No less than New York Times drama critic Charles Isherwood, writing of the High School Musical mania last month, noted that “New religions do not arise every day. ... What began as a mere made-for-television movie (on the Disney Channel, yet) has grown quickly into an international phenomenon both commercial and spiritual, at least for tweenage youngsters (mostly girls). ... High School Musical is essentially derived from a previous mythology promulgated in the latter days of the 20th century. Namely, Grease.”
It’s the story of high school jock Troy and brainiac Gabriella, who join forces to star in their school musical. But you don’t have to be a high schooler to relate to this production.

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