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High School Musical

Promotional poster
Approx. run time 97 minutes
Distributed by Disney Channel
Written by Peter Barsocchini
Directed by Kenny Ortega
Produced by Don Schain
Starring Zac Efron
Vanessa Hudgens
Ashley Tisdale
Lucas Grabeel
Corbin Bleu
Monique Coleman
Music by Greg Cham
Ray Cham
Andy Dodd
Faye Greenberg
Jamie Houston
David Lawrence
Adam Watts
Matthew Gerrard
Drew Lane
Eddie Galan
Drew Seeley
Cinematography Gordon Lonsdale
Budget $4.2 million[1]
Country United States
Language English
Release date January 20, 2006 (2006-01-20)
Followed by High School Musical 2

High School Musical is a 2006 American television film, and the first in the High School Musical film franchise. Upon its release on January 20, 2006, it became the most successful movie that Disney Channel Original Movie (DCOM) ever produced,[2][3] with a television sequel High School Musical 2 released in 2007 and the feature film High School Musical 3: Senior Year released to theaters in October 2008. It is the first Disney Channel Original Movie to have a theatrical sequel. A fourth installment, High School Musical 4: East Meets West, has been announced to be in the writing stages and to premiere in Disney Channel in 2010.[4] The film's soundtrack was the best-selling album in the United States for 2006.[5]

High School Musical was Disney Channel's most watched movie that year with 7.7 million viewers in its premiere broadcast in the US.[6] In the UK, it received 789,000 viewers for its premiere (and 1.2 million viewers overall during the first week), making it the second most watched program for the Disney Channel (UK) of 2006. On December 29, 2006, it became the first Disney Channel Original Movie to be broadcast on the BBC. Globally, High School Musical has been seen by over 225 million viewers. [7]

With a plot described by the author and numerous critics as a modern adaptation of Romeo & Juliet,[8] High School Musical is a story about two high school juniors from rival cliques – Troy Bolton (Zac Efron), captain of the basketball team, and Gabriella Montez (Vanessa Hudgens), a beautiful and shy transfer student who excels in math and science.[9] Together, they try out for the lead parts in their high school musical, and as a result, divide the school. Despite other students' attempts to thwart their dreams, Troy and Gabriella resist peer pressure and rivalry, inspiring others along the way not to "stick to the status quo".

High School Musical was filmed at East High School located in Salt Lake City, Utah, the auditorium of Murray High School, and Downtown Salt Lake City. Murray High School was also the set of several other Disney productions: Take Down (1978), Read It and Weep (2006), Minutemen (2008)[10] and High School Musical: Get in the Picture (2008)[11].



Troy and Gabriella at the party

Troy Bolton (Zac Efron) and Gabriella Montez (Vanessa Hudgens) meet at a New Year's Eve party while both are at a ski lodge during winter break. Troy is the captain of East High School's basketball team, and Gabriella is portrayed as shy and academic, preferring to read rather than socialize at the party. At the party, the two are called upon to sing karaoke together (Start of Something New). They seem to be attracted to each other, and exchange numbers before parting.

After break, Troy sees Gabriella in his homeroom, and she explains that she just moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico and transferred to East High over break. Troy shows Gabriella around the school, and they pause in front of the sign-up sheet for the winter musical audtions. This alarms Drama Club president Sharpay Evans (Ashley Tisdale), who assumes that Gabriella is interested in auditioning. Wanting to eliminate competition, Sharpay searches for more information about the new girl on the internet and arranges for the scholastic decathlon captain, Taylor McKessie (Monique Coleman), to find out about Gabriella's past academic achievements.

During basketball practice, Troy has trouble focusing because his thoughts are on Gabriella and the idea that he might enjoy singing more (Get'cha Head In the Game). Gabriella and Troy both go to the musical auditions, but both are too shy to step forward as Ms. Darbus (Alyson Reed), the drama teacher, asks if there are any others interested in auditioning after Sharpy and her brother Ryan (Lucas Grabeel) perform (What I've Been Looking For). When Gabriella finally summons the courage to step forward, Troy offers to sing with her, but Ms. Darbus tells them that they are too late. After she leaves, Kelsi Nielsen (Olesya Rulin), the composer of the musical, argues with Sharpay and then trips and drops her things. Troy and Gabriella rush to help her, and they sing together as Kelsi plays piano (What I've Been Looking For (Reprise)). Ms. Darbus overhears them and gives them a callback audition.

Sharpay and Ryan dance Bop To The Top.

When the callback list is posted, Sharpay is furious to learn that she has competition for the lead in the musical, and the rest of the student population is shocked that a basketball star and shy, nerdy girl have auditioned for a musical. Other students confess their own secret passions and talents (Stick To The Status Quo), alarming both Taylor and Troy's friend and fellow basketball team member, Chad Danforth (Corbin Bleu). Since Gabriella has agreed to join the scholastic decathlon team, both Taylor and Chad want their teammates to focus on their upcoming competitions rather than the musical. To help Troy and Gabriella return to normal, Chad and the basketball team trick Troy into saying that Gabriella is not important while she watches through a wi-fi link that the scholastic decathlon team has set up. Gabriella is hurt (When There Was Me And You), and decides not to audition for the musical. Troy tries to talk to Gabriella, she refuses to speak to him. Chad and Taylor feel guilty for ruining Troy and Gabriella's relationship, and decide to tell them the truth. After Chad and the basketball tell Troy what they did and offer to support him in callbacks, Troy goes to Gabriella's house. Although Gabriella initially avoids him, they reconcile and start practicing for callbacks with Kelsi.

The cast of High School Musical sings We're All in this Together.

Intimidated after overhearing Gabriella and Troy practicing, Sharpay convinces Ms. Darbus to change the callback time to coincide with both the basketball championship and the scholastic decathlon, so that Gabriella and Troy cannot participate. Kelsi overhears Sharpay's conversation with Ms. Darbus, and the basketball team and the decathlon team work together to come up with a plan. On the day of the competitions, Taylor and Gabriella send a computer command to shut down the electricity in the gym, and send a second command that causes a dangerous chemical reaction that stalls the decathlon. With both competitions delayed, Troy and Gabriella rush to the auditorium, and Sharpay and Ryan finish performing their song (Bop To The Top), confident that their plan worked. Troy and Gabriella then audition as other students start streaming into the auditorium from the basketball game (Breaking Free). Ms. Darbus gives Troy and Gabriella the lead roles for Twinkle Town, making Sharpay and Ryan understudies. Troy and Gabriella both win their respective competitions, and the film ends when the entire school gathers in the gym to celebrate (We're All In This Together).


Musical numbers

The soundtrack was released on January 10, 2006 and debuted at number 133 on the Billboard 200, selling 7,469 copies in its first week. In the album's third week, for the chart dated February 11, 2006, it climbed to number ten, and has since risen to number one on the Billboard 200 twice (on March 1 and March 22) and had shipped 3.8 million copies on December 5, 2006. Out of those copies, more than 3 million copies have been sold by August 2006; it was certified quadruple platinum by the RIAA.[12]

Song Chiefly Sung By Other Singers Scene
Start Of Something New Troy and Gabriella None Mountain Ski Resort
Get'cha Head in the Game Troy Basketball Players East High's Gym
What I've Been Looking For Ryan and Sharpay None East High's Auditorium
What I've Been Looking For (Reprise) Troy and Gabriella None East High's Auditorium
Stick To The Status Quo Zeke, Martha, Skater Dude, Sharpay, Ryan Jocks, Brainiacs, Skater Dudes, Wildcats East High's Cafeteria
When There Was Me And You Gabriella None East High's Science Lab and Hallways
Bop To The Top Ryan and Sharpay None East High's Auditorium
Breaking Free Troy and Gabriella None East High's Auditorium
We're All In This Together Troy, Gabriella, Ryan, Sharpay Wildcats East High's Gym


The DVD of the film was released on May 23, 2006 under the title, High School Musical: Encore Edition. It created a sales record when 1.2 million copies were sold in its first six days, making it the fastest-selling television movie of all time.[13] It is, however, the second DCOM (Disney Channel Original Movie) on DVD to be certified Platinum in DVD sales, the first being The Cheetah Girls. The High School Musical DVD was also released in Australia on July 12, 2006 through Walt Disney and was released on European Region 2 on December 4, 2006 where it went on to reach number one in the UK DVD charts. It was also shown on Disney Channel South Africa, the latest Disney channel at that time in the southern hemisphere. It was the top selling DVD in Australia in August 2006. In addition, the Region 3 DVD was released on October 10 in Hong Kong. It also released in Taiwan on December 15, 2006. This is the first Region 3 DCOM DVD ever released. It was released in Mexico on November 10 and in Brazil on December 6 to coincide with Christmas and the Globo broadcast of the movie.

The Remix Edition, a 2-disc Special Edition, was released on December 5, 2006.[14].The Remix DVD was released in France on June 20, 2007.[15] and in Germany on September 13, 2007.[16] The Remix DVD was released in the UK on September 10, 2007.[17]

Despite being filmed in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio, both the original and Remix Edition DVD releases featured a 1.33:1 "full screen" version (though not pan and scan as the camera stays directly in the center of the image), the format of the film as shown on the Disney Channel. The widescreen and high definition versions have subsequently been showing in the UK on BBC One, BBC Two, and BBC HD.[18] The HD version is also available on Xbox Live Marketplace for the US market.[19]

Other media


High School Musical 2

High School Musical 2 is the sequel to the Disney Channel Original Movie, High School Musical. It debuted on August 17, 2007 on Disney Channel in the U.S., and on Family in Canada. The premiere brought in a total of 17.3 million viewers in the United States—almost 10 million more than its predecessor—making it (at the time of its airing) the highest-rated Disney Channel Movie to date and the most viewed TV movie to date.[20][21]

High School Musical 3: Senior Year

High School Musical 3: Senior Year is the third installment in Disney's High School Musical franchise. It was released to theaters across the United States on October 24, 2008. Kenny Ortega returned as director and choreographer, as did all six primary actors.[22][23] The film currently holds the record for the highest-grossing movie musical in its opening weekend, with over $80,000,000 worldwide.

High School Musical: East Meets West

On April 8, 2008, Disney Channel Worldwide President Rich Ross stated that script was being written for the fourth installment of High School Musical.[24] However since Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens' characters have graduated and headed to college, they will not be reappearing, Hudgens has confirmed this via Twitter.[25] The filming will be done by choreographer and director Jeffrey Hornaday and will debut on Disney Channel in 2010. Casting is underway for the fourth installment, which is set against the cross-town school rivalry between the East High Wildcats and West High Knights.[26]


High School Musical: El desafio (Argentina)

High School Musical: El desafio (Argentina) is a spin-off of the American movie High School Musical for the Argentine market, based on the book Battle of the Bands. The movie arrived in Argentine theaters on July 17, 2008.

On stage performances

Concert tour

The "High School Musical: The Concert" tour started on November 29, 2006 kicking off in San Diego, California. The tour continued until January 28, 2007 performing in major cities around the United States, Canada and Latin America. The concert featured all of the original cast members except for Zac Efron, who was shooting Hairspray. Efron was replaced by Drew Seeley (whose voice was blended with Efron's during the movie). The concert featured the original songs from the movie, as well as songs from Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, and Corbin Bleu.

Stage musical

Pacific Repertory Theatre's School of Dramatic Arts production of Disney's High School Musical.

On August 1, 2006, Playbill announced that the Stagedoor Manor summer theater camp, featured in the movie Camp, would be the first venue to produce High School Musical on-stage.

North Shore Music Theater in Beverly, MA had a stage production of High School Musical running until the end of July 2007, featuring Broadway actor Andrew Keenan-Bolger and Kate Rockwell, a semi-finalist on Grease: You're the One that I Want!, as Sharpay. Pacific Repertory Theatre's School of Dramatic Arts staged the California premiere in 2007 (which it revived in 2008), and presented the West Coast premiere of High School Musical 2 in January 2009.[27]

Theater of the Stars in Atlanta, Georgia was the first professional company to put on High School Musical.

Ice tour

"Feld Entertainment" produced global tour titled, High School Musical: The Ice Tour which had its world premiere in New York city on September 29, 2007.[28] The cast included 2004 World Junior Bronze Medalist Jordan Brauninger and 2004-2005 Australian national champion Bradley Santer. The show contained elements and songs from both the original movie and its sequel, High School Musical 2 and now features a special preview of High School Musical 3: Senior Year.

Book series

In June 2006, Disney Press published High School Musical: the Junior Novel, the novelization of the successful film. This novel hit number one on the New York Times best-selling list and remained on the list for sixteen weeks.[29] As of August 2007, the novel has sold more than 4.5 million copies, with 1 million copies of the novel's follow-up, High School Musical 2: The Junior Novel, being shipped to American retailers.[29] "High School Musical 3: Senior Year: The Junior Novel" came out on September 23, 2008. Shortly after the success of the original novel, Disney announced that a book series, entitled Stories From East High, would be published in February 2007 with a new book being published every 60 days until July 2008. It also came to England, at the O2.

Video games

Disney Interactive Studios has produced 7 video games based on the High School Musical series, all taking the guise of music video games incorporating songs and plots from the movies.

Reality series

During July and August 2008, ABC broadcast a reality competition based on the series, High School Musical: Get in the Picture [30] hosted by Nick Lachey. The winner of the show appeared in a music video during the credits of High School Musical 3.[31] The series premiered to poor ratings, with the show coming in fourth place in its timeslot.[32] In the UK, a reality show titled Hairspray: The School Musical premiered in 2008 on Sky1. It saw a team of vocal coaches, acting coaches and choreographers hold auditions at a regular comprehensive school where a mix of students could audition for a West End production of the hit Broadway musical, Hairspray. Although the musical being performed was not High School Musical, the movie was the inspiration behind the show. The show was presented by Denise Van Outen and was credited, along with [[High School Musical]] for inspiring a generation of children in the UK to get into theatrical work.


Year Award Category Result
Billboard Music Award Soundtrack Album of the Year Won
Emmy Award Outstanding Choreography
Teen Choice Award Television - Choice Breakout Star
(Zac Efron)
Television - Choice Chemistry
(Vanessa Hudgens & Zac Efron)
Television Critics Association Award Outstanding Achievement in Children's Programming
American Music Award Best Pop Album Nominated
Billboard Music Award Album of the Year
Emmy Award Outstanding Casting for a Miniseries, Movie, or a Special
Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie, or a Dramatic Special
Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics
("Get'cha Head in the Game")
Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics
("Breaking Free")


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From Wikiquote

High School Musical is a Disney movie that tells the story of some high school students - Troy, Gabriella, Sharpay, Ryan, Chad, Taylor - as they audition for, and react to their friends auditioning for, their school's Spring musical.

Directed and choreographed by Kenny Ortega
High School Musical...We're all in this together!!



Troy: [after Gabriella makes a three point shot on the first try] Whoa! Don't tell me you're good at hoops too?
Gabriella: You know, I once scored forty-one points on the league championship game.
Troy: No way.
Gabriella: [sarcastic] Mmm hmm, and on the same day I invented the space shuttle and microwave popcorn.

Chad: Have you ever seen Michael Crawford on a cereal box?
Troy: Who's Michael Crawford?
Chad: Exactly my point! He was the Phantom of the Opera on Broadway. Now my mom, she's seen that musical twenty-seven times. And she put Michael Crawford's picture in our refrigerator. Yeah, not on it, in it. So my point is, if you play basketball, you're gonna end up on a cereal box. If you sing in musicals, you're gonna end up in my mom's refrigerator.
Troy: Why would she put his picture in her refrigerator?
Chad: I don't know, one of her crazy diet ideas. Look, I don't attempt to understand the female mind Troy! [Ms. Falstaff peers around the corner] It's foreign territory.

Chad: Yeah, and Zeke? Zeke is baking. Crème brûlée.
Troy: Oh, what's that?
Zeke: Oh, it's a creamy custard-like filling with a carmelized surface. It's really satisfying.
Chad: Shut up, Zeke!

Sharpay: How dare she (Gabriella) sign up? I've already picked out the colors for my dressing room!
Ryan: And, she hasn't even asked our permission to join the drama club.
Sharpay: Someone's got to tell her the rules.
Ryan: Exactly. [beat] And what are the rules?

Mrs. Bolton: Troy, they've got a kid's party downstairs.
Troy: (Whines) Kid's party?
Mrs. Bolton: (Sighs) Young Adult's.

Sharpay: Evaporate, tall person!


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High School Musical is a 2006 Disney television movie movie, starring Zac Efron, Vanessa Anne Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Corbin Bleu, Monique Coleman and Lucas Grabeel. Its sequel is High School Musical 2.

The story is about two high school students, Troy Bolton, who is captain of his school's basketball team, and Gabriella Montez, a shy new student who is good in mathematics and science. Together, they try out for the lead parts in their high school musical. Despite other students' attempts to foil their dreams, Troy and Gabriella persist and inspire others along the way. They also make new friends.

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