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High School Musical is an Emmy Award-winning 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, 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. The film's soundtrack was the best-selling album in the United States for 2006.

High School Musical was Disney Channel's most watched movie that year with 7.7 million viewers in its premiere broadcast in the US. 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.

With a plot described by the author and numerous critics as a modern adaptation of Romeo & Juliet, 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. 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, Utahmarker, the auditorium of Murray High Schoolmarker, and Downtown Salt Lake Citymarker. Murray High Schoolmarker was also the set of several other Disney productions: Take Down (1978), Read It and Weep (2006), Minutemen (2008) and High School Musical: Get in the Picture (2008).


East High School's basketball star Troy Bolton (Zac Efron) and math-whiz Gabriella Montez (Vanessa Hudgens) meet at a New Year's Eve party at a ski lodge over Christmas Break. They take part in a karaoke contest and sing ("Start Of Something New"). They discover they have a great chemistry between them and end up exchanging numbers.
Troy and Gabriella at the New Year's party.
A week later, Gabriella's mother is transferred and Gabriella begins classes at East High in Albuquerquemarker, New Mexicomarker where Troy sees her in homeroom. After making sure that it is her on his cell phone, Troy accidentally gets detention, along with Gabriella, his best friend and teammate Chad Danforth (Corbin Bleu), scholastic decathlon captain and head of the science club Taylor McKessie (Monique Coleman), and Drama Club co-presidents Ryan (Lucas Grabeel) and Sharpay Evans (Ashley Tisdale).

After homeroom, Troy shows Gabriella around East High and reach the sign-up sheet for the winter musical auditions, Sharpay sees them and assumes that Gabriella is interested in signing up. With Ryan's help, Sharpay determines that Gabriella is an "Einsteinette", and puts an article of her previous academic achievements into Taylor's locker.

During detention, Taylor invites Gabriella to join the school's scholastic decathlon team. Due to their detention, Troy and Chad miss their basketball practice, much to the annoyance of Coach Jack Bolton (Bart Johnson). During a confrontation between Bolton and Ms. Darbus (Alyson Reed), it is made clear that neither of them has any real respect for the work that the other does. Troy eventually takes part in basketball practice, but he cannot seem to stop thinking about Gabriella and how he might actually enjoy singing ("Get'cha Head In The Game").

Troy skips basketball practice during free period to go for the auditions, which Gabriella also attends. However, both are too shy to come forward, so they hide behind a janitorial rolling cart as Sharpay and Ryan perform their version of the audition song ("What I've Been Looking For"). When Gabriella finally decides to audition, Troy offers to sing with her, but Ms. Darbus says that it is too late.

After a confrontation with Sharpay, Kelsi Nielsen (Olesya Rulin), the composer of the musical, trips and drops her notes and piano music. Troy and Gabriella rush to help her, and she offers to let them hear how the song was originally supposed to sound. Troy and Gabriella then sing the slower version of the song ("What I've Been Looking For (Reprise)"). Ms. Darbus hears them from behind the auditorium entrance and gives both Troy and Gabriella a callback. The next day, Sharpay sees the callback sheet and is furious. Chad and the other basketball players were shocked to find out that Troy skipped basketball practice to audition for the musical.

At lunch, everyone learns that Troy is doing something way out of a basketball player's nature, and the students start confessing their secret passions and talents ("Stick To The Status Quo"), including basketball player Zeke Baylor's (Chris Warren, Jr.) love for baking. At that moment, Gabriella slips and accidentally spills her lunch all over Sharpay's shirt. Sharpay tells Ms. Darbus that Gabriella did it on purpose and tries to convince her that Troy and Gabriella are trying to ruin the musical, but Ms. Darbus didn't believe her. Troy asks Gabriella to meet him at his secret hideout, the roof of the school, which also serves as a greenhouse. There, she reveals that singing with him at the party was like meeting a new friend at kindergarten; she felt that he was like a best friend, although she hardly knew him.

Chad and Taylor decide that they need to devise a plan so that everything returns to normal. The basketball team tricks Troy into saying that Gabriella is not too important while she watches them through a wi-fi link. Gabriella is hurt and confused about where she and Troy now stand ("When There Was Me And You"). Troy tries to talk to Gabriella, but she tells him that she is not interested in taking part in the musical.

After feeling guilty about ruining Troy and Gabriella's relationship and they are no longer interested in the basketball game or the decathlon, Chad and Taylor decide to tell them the truth. Chad, Zeke, and Jason Cross (Ryne Sanborn) explain everything to Troy in the greenhouse and offer to support him at the callbacks. Taylor and the scholastic decathlon team tell Gabriella what they did, but she is still angry and hurt because of what Troy said, convinced that he meant it.
Sharpay and Ryan dance Bop To The Top.
That night, Troy goes to her house, but she pretends to be busy with homework. He then calls on her cell phone from her backyard, attempting to convince her that he did not mean what he said. He climbs onto her balcony and starts singing the harmony of "Start of Something New" in an attempt to persuade her to attend the callbacks with him. Gabriella then forgives him, and together with Kelsi, they start practicing for callbacks at school.

At school, Sharpay and Ryan overhear Gabriella and Troy practicing, and feel intimidated by the competition. Sharpay succeeds in convincing Ms. Darbus to change the callback time to the same time as the basketball championship and scholastic decathlon. Kelsi overhears their conversation with Ms. Darbus, and when she tells everyone about this, they are devastated. However, the decathlon team, the basketball team and Kelsi work together to come up with a plan. On the day itself, Taylor and Gabriella sent a computer virus into the electrical system to disrupt the basketball game by shutting down the scoreboard and sent another virus to boil a noxious chemical and stall the decathlon.

As Troy and Gabriella then rush to the theater, Sharpay and Ryan finish performing their song ("Bop To The Top"), confident that they will get the part. Troy and Gabriella show up after Ms. Darbus has called their names twice, and she tells them again that they are too late. Many other students start streaming into the auditorium to support them. Ms. Darbus initially refuses despite the people coming in because Kelsi had left the stage, but she returns as soon as she saw the Troy and Gabriella and Ms. Darbus allows them to audition. Gabriella freezes when she sees everyone staring at her, but Troy tells her to look only at him, and she finds the courage to sing ("Breaking Free").

Ms. Darbus decides to award the lead roles to Troy and Gabriella, making Sharpay and Ryan understudies (and at the basketball game, Sharpay accepts her defeat and tells Gabriella to "break a leg"). After winning both the scholastic decathlon and the basketball game with Troy's last second shot, Chad gives Troy the winning ball and later asks Taylor out to the victory party. The film ends with the entire school gathering in the gym to celebrate ("We're All In This Together").


  • Troy Bolton (Zac Efron) is the male protagonist of the movie. He is the most popular male student at East High School, and the captain of the varsity basketball team. For this movie, Efron's singing was blended with singer Drew Seeley's voice.

  • Chad Danforth (Corbin Bleu) is Troy's best friend, and is very good friends with Jason and Zeke.

  • Taylor McKessie (Monique Coleman) is Gabriella's best friend.She is captain of the school Scholastic Decathlon team.

  • Jack Bolton (Bart Johnson) is Troy's father and the coach of the basketball team.

  • Ms. Darbus (Alyson Reed) is the stern drama teacher at East High.

  • Jason Cross (Ryne Sanborn) is friends with Troy and Chad, and plays for the basketball team. He also tends to ask silly questions in class.

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.
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. 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 UKmarker 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 Kongmarker. It also released in Taiwanmarker on December 15, 2006. This is the first Region 3 DCOM DVD ever released. It was released in Mexico on November 10 and in Brazilmarker 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..The Remix DVD was released in France on June 20, 2007. and in Germany on September 13, 2007. The Remix DVD was released in the UK on September 10, 2007.

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. The HD version is also available on Xbox Live Marketplace for the US market.

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.marker, and on Family in Canadamarker. 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.

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. 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 4: 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. 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. 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.


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, Californiamarker. The tour continued until January 28, 2007 performing in major cities around the United Statesmarker, Canadamarker 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

DO NOT put other stuff about musical in this article. It will get its own article soon, Song lists from the musical and different productions of it DO NOT belong here. SEE TALKOn August 1, 2006, Playbill announced that the Stagedoor Manormarker 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, MAmarker had a stage production of High School Musical running until the end of July 2007, featuring Broadwaymarker 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.

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. 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. 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. "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
hosted by Nick Lachey. The winner of the show appeared in a music video during the credits of High School Musical 3. The series premiered to poor ratings, with the show coming in fourth place in its timeslot.


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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  8. - ‘High School Musical' reality show wraps up filming
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  10. Kit, Borys. "Gang's all in for 'HSM3' movie", The Hollywood Reporter, January 15, 2008
  11. "High School Musical 4 already in works
  15. Disney launches two 'High School Musical' books

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