QuaranTune #8: "We're All In This Together" from High School Musical
A show tune a day keeps the quarantine blues at bay...
Look no further than "We're All In This Together," if you need a T-Shirt slogan for the current COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the globe. The virus is a devastating equalizer that doesn't discern race, class, gender or sexuality and has become a common threat that has united a human race incessantly at odds with itself.
We've chosen the popular "High School Musical" anthem for today's #QuaranTune to reflect our sentiments as a theatre-loving community, who have reached out to each other in recent weeks to show support. Whether through fundraising initiatives by Actors' Equity, The Actors Fund or Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS or outpourings of encouragement through social media, the repsonse to the pandemic has been astonishing.
But before we get to today's #QuaranTune, a couple of fun facts...
- Although Disney Theatrical has never brought the popular franchize to Broadway, they did produce a National Tour of High School Musical on Stage! which ran from May 2007 through August 2008.
- The original Disney Channel movie aired in January 2006 and went on to win two Emmy Awards: "Outstanding Children's Program" and "Outstanding Choreography."
- A brand new television adaptation entitled "High School Musical: The Musical: The Series" is now available to stream on Disney+.
- "High School Musical" alumni Vanessa Hudgens and Corbin Bleu have gone on to star in Broadway productions. Hudgens made her Broadway debut as the titular character of the 2015 revival of Gigi, whilst Bleu's Broadway credits include In the Heights (2010), Godspell (2012), Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn (2016-17), and a Drama Desk-nominated turn in Kiss Me, Kate (2019).
We're all in this together, When we reach, We can fly, Know inside, We can make it. (The Cast of Disney's High School Musical)
(Photo credit: The Disney Channel)