High School Musical: The Musical: The Series had a difficult job. The Disney+ original series needed to capture the fun, music, and enjoyment of the original High School Musical trilogy without acting as a sequel or stepping on and hurting the franchise's original legacy. The High School Musical trilogy had been one of the most successful franchises to come out of Disney Channel, to the point of the third film premiering as a theatrical release. Due to the trilogy's popularity, Disney Channel ultimately green-lit High School Musical: The Musical: The Series. The show would follow the students of the high school that High School Musical filmed at, and watch their stage play performance of the original film, following a variety of new characters.