‘High School Musical: The Musical: The Series’: More on Olivia Rodrigo’s Songwriting Debut on the Disney+ Series

As one of the first shows on the new streaming service, Disney+ presumably has a lot riding on High School Musical: The Musical: The Series. The most recent episode featured the songwriting debut of one of its young stars.

The cast of 'High School Musical: The Musical: The Series'
(L-R) Joshua Bassett (Ricky), Olivia Rodrigo (Nini), Sofia Wylie (Gina), Matt Cornett (E.J.), Dara Renee’ (Kourtney), Frankie A. Rodriguez (Carlos), Julia Lester (Ashlyn) and Larry Saperstein (Big Red) promoting ‘High School Musical: The Musical: The Series’ | Jeff Neira/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images

“All I Want” is performed in the fourth episode

In the fourth episode of the show’s first season, “Blocking,” Rodrigo performed the song as her character, Nini Salazar-Roberts.  The actress recorded the song live on the set during filming.

The official description of the series reads, “Set at the real-life East High, where the original movie was filmed, [the show] follows a group of students as they countdown to opening night of their school’s first-ever production of High School Musical. With meta-references and some docu-style elements, it’s a modern take on the ‘classic’ from 13 years ago.”

How Olivia Rodrigo came to write the song

“All I Want” is the songwriting debut of Rodrigo. The song is produced by Matthew Tishler, who worked with Rodrigo on songs for Bizaardvark on Disney Channel. Tishler has also worked with Disney Channel stars Ashley Tisdale and Dove Cameron, as well as the band BTS.

“Nini is a character that is written so truthfully and she is so relatable to me so writing a song that came from a place of truth wasn’t too hard. I just feel so grateful to Tim for trusting me to write a song for such an incredible show. I hope that people can find bits of themselves in the song and can relate to it,” said Rodrigo in a statement to the press.

“Olivia wrote this emotional, in-depth song in just three days while filming the series and going to school.  She has shown her strength not only as a composer and performer but also as a modern young woman who brilliantly channeled what the ‘Nini’ character is going through as she begins to take control of her own narrative,” said series creator and executive producer, Tim Federle, in a statement to press members.

Will we see more of Rodrigo’s songwriting skills

This isn’t the last we’ve seen of Rodrigo’s songwriting on the show. The network says that an upcoming episode showcases a song Rodrigo co-wrote with her co-star Joshua Bassett, who plays Ricky.

Alongside Rodrigo and Bassett, the series also stars Kate Reinders as Miss Jenn, Sofia Wylie as Gina, Matt Cornett as E.J., Dara Renee’ as Kourtney, Julia Lester as Ashlyn, Frankie A. Rodriguez as Carlos, Larry Saperstein as Big Red and Mark St. Cyr as Mr. Mazzara.

New episodes of the series drop weekly on Disney+.