Elementary School Musical
The title of the episode is a pun on the movie series.
High School Musical There is also an episode of that is also entitled " South Park Elementary School Musical".
This title is similar to The Fairly Odd parents School's Out The Musical.
The opening title screen gag pays homage to the .
Partridge Family The chalkboard gag is a reference to the film .
Inception When the Gracie Films logo appear, we hear the jingle first, then a cow moo.
The cast of sing a take on Glee The Beach Boys song, " Good Vibrations".
Sprooklyn, Springfield's district in this episode, is a parody of Brooklyn, a borough of New York City.
Sprubway is a parody of Subway, a sandwich shop.
Dregs is possibly a parody of Greggs, a bakery in the UK.
Krusty having a Super Bowl nip-slip, using a child as a shield and appearing on is similar to the character The Electric Company Greg Stillson from .
The Dead Zone Spider-Man, the Marvel superhero, is shown on the doing the The Electric Company monkey dance .
When Stephen Hawking says "A Brief History of Rhyme", it is a parody of "A Brief History of Time". Additionally there is also an album by MC Hawking entitled "A Brief History of Rhyme: MC Hawking's Greatest Hits".
When Lisa gets back from Performing Arts Camp, in band class, the School Band playing "My Country Tis Of Thee" and Lisa interrupting by playing Jazz is a reference to the Season 1 episode Moaning Lisa, and maybe the Opening Sequence.
A mechanical clock is shown with an automated figure of Adolf Hitler who comes out on the hour and gets hit on the head.
Krusty , shown having a Super Bowl nip slip is a reference to the Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake super bowl incident that happened in Houston Texas. It is sometimes referred to as Nipplegate, a word pun of Watergate from the Watergate scandal.
Ethan Ballantyne says he plays a Gibson Guitar.
When Otto is playing the bus driving game, the console he's playing on is very similar to the Nintendo GameBoy Advance.
The handcuffs placed on Krusty before Homer and Bart come in are shaped like the currency symbol for the European Union.
Kent Brockman says that Krusty joins the likes of Gandhi as a Nobel Peace Prize winner. However, Gandhi did not receive the award.
Springfield International Airport's sign reads "Springfield Airport".
When Lisa meets Lea Michele and Cory Monteith, her saxophone disappears.
When Lisa is dropping her saxophone out of her room window, there's a rope. When she's done and leaves, the rope is missing.
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