People tend to love or hate musicals. If you love them, then chances are you will love these four TV shows.
1. “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series”
This Disney+ series produced by Tim Federle is based on the Disney Channel film of the same name. It is set in a fictional version of East High School, which is the Salt Lake City school where the Disney Channel movie “High School Musical” was filmed. The plot revolves around the students on the show who are performing in a stage version of the movie. Kids are the show’s main audience, but there is plenty for adults to enjoy as well. The show has already launched the solo career of pop star Olivia Rodrigo, who wrote one of the series’ best musical numbers before moving on.
This show on the Peacock streaming service is executive produced by Tina Fey and features music by her husband Jeff Richmond. Richmond was nominated for a Tony for his work on the broadway version of Fey’s “Mean Girls.” The series tells the story of a has-been girl group trying to make a comeback after a rap star sampled the chorus from one of their 90s era hits. The cast includes singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles, Tony-winning “Hamilton” alum Renée Elise Goldsberry, Busy Phillips and former SNL writer Paula Pell.
3. “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist”
If you signed up for Peacock to check out “Girls5eva,” take a look at “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” while you’re there. This musical dramedy features a computer programmer named Zoey, played by Jane Levy. After going through an earthquake while inside an MRI machine, Zoey gains the ability to hear the thoughts of the people around her. She doesn’t just hear their boring inner monologue though, instead, the thoughts come to her as elaborately choreographed pop numbers. The cast includes Mary Steenburgen as Zoey’s mom and Peter Gallagher as her dad.
4. “Central Park”
If animated musicals are your thing, check out this series on Apple TV+. It chronicles the adventures of a family living in a Central Park castle. The show’s songs have been written by well-known musicians, including Cyndi Lauper, Fiona Apple, Aimee Mann and Sara Bareilles.
Watching musicals on TV may not be quite the same as watching your favorite stage show in person. However, there is a lot of fun, good music and good performances to be found on the small screen.