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If you happen to watched Excessive College Musical: the Musical: the Sequence earlier than Olivia Rodrigo wrote “drivers license” and pedal-to-the-metal’d her technique to large fame, congratulations — you’re very cool like I am. However Rodrigo has taken a role on the sidelines because the present heads into its third season, most likely as a result of she goes to go away as quickly as that’s contractually doable. (We think about! Disney has not confirmed any plans for her to depart!) Or possibly as a result of it’s awkward to spend a lot time hanging out with the ex you wrote a success music about, although Rodrigo and Joshua Bassett have confirmed they can stand next to each other (congrats to them). The purpose is, whereas everybody else has gone off to summer season camp to do a manufacturing of the stage model of Frozen in season three, Rodrigo’s Nini is on a journey to search out herself. For many who usually are not maintaining with the season — severely, although, what’s improper with you? It’s cute! — we deliver you “What Has Olivia Rodrigo Performed This week?”

On the finish of the final season, Nini’s self-recorded songs began to go viral on-line (meta), so she began to pursue a musical profession extra diligently and grew other than her different theater-kid associates (very meta). Within the first episode, Nini reveals to Kate Reinders’s Miss Jenn that she’s happening a visit to California together with her two mothers, whereas everybody else goes off to theater camp. She is working exhausting on new music for Sofia Wylie’s character’s brother — who’s performed by former Evan Hansen Jordan Fisher — however having bother arising with music concepts and having combined emotions about selecting to go off on her personal (extraordinarily meta). Miss Jenn advises her to “be protected! And take huge dangers.” Good recommendation for us all, even those that haven’t written No. 1 singles.

Variety of scenes: two

Within the second episode, Nini goes on her journey to Los Angeles and meets her mothers’ buddy Marvin, performed by current Tony winner Jesse Tyler Ferguson. Because it seems, he’s additionally her delivery father! They attempt to make dialog and see if they’ll type a connection, however issues are very awkward by his huge pool. Then they uncover that they share a mutual love of music, and she or he learns he was in a band together with her moms again in school within the Nineteen Nineties (the meta-ness continues). Maybe they do certainly have one thing extra in frequent, and maybe they’ll even work on music collectively. “No matter occurs, I hope you don’t cease writing songs,” he tells her. (Most meta to date!) Then Marvin says, “One of the best is but to return,” and Nini sings a music referred to as “The Greatest Is But to Come.” Tim Federle told People it’s a “poignant grace word to Olivia Rodrigo’s outstanding run on our collection.” The music features a repeated chorus that goes “you by no means know,” which does really feel like a commentary on whether or not she’ll seem extra all through the remainder of the season.

Variety of scenes: three, and she or he sings!

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