Based on the ever popular Makin' It, the musical version takes the life of the high school student and turns it into song, using the monologues in the original play for the lyrics that propel this fast paced musical through both the light and dark days of growing up. Makin' It, the musical, tackles the same subjects the original play did, such as peer pressure, bullying.
Brooke wants desperately to be the popular girl and sings about it in, "I Want the Dream." Scott the average kid you see in every high school hallway, has a crush on Brooke, but feels too shy and awkward in his own skin to make a move, revealing his doubts in the song, "Inside Out." The company, which can be added to or doubled has a few large scale numbers, "Detention Rap" and "A Geeky Kinda Loving." The first song, "How'm I Gonna Make It," sung by the company, sets the theme for the show, the difficulty of finding yourself in a confusing world. The lyrics tell it all:
"How'm I gonna make it through this year
Through these four years
Through this day!
How'm I gonna make it and get free
Be totally cool
But still be me.
How'm I gonna find it, what I need
And what I'm here for
What can I hope for?"
Audiences continue to remark about the timelessness of the show, that it tackles the hard issues all schools are trying to work through: Are the kids willing to give in to peer pressure to be popular? And how does one stand up against a bully?