“The Perfect Gift” is the return of HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL: THE MUSICAL SERIES now with more songs! Last season audiences were limited to one musical number per episode. NEW YEAR’S EVE is “The Start of Something New” with not one, but two brand new songs and a HSM2 melody!

I’m not going to convince you to watch with words, if you like this opening number, you’ll love the show. I can “Bet On It” that some won’t. That’s okay. I “Gotta Go My Own Way” and support this sing-along hit.

Two asides:
Nini references both Shawn Mendes and Harry Styles. I love this meta moment since Nini is played by Olivia Rodrigo, who has been compared to Taylor Swift and is tied to dating both guys.
Derek Hough from TikTok and DANCING WITH THE STARS fame makes a guest appearance as a rival high school theater teacher. My prediction: There will be a musical number involving him and Miss Jenn (Kate Reinders) by the end of the season. I can’t wait!
The season 2 premiere is available on Disney+

Aaron "Dobler" Goldstein

Aaron Goldstein is a Product Manager by day, ludicrous speed content consumer by night. He’s a LA Film School Alumni and TV Academy / Producers Guild of America member. Aaron is a proud parent and dad joke enthusiast.

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