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High School Musical 2 is the second film in the High School Musical series. The World Premiere took place on August 17, 2007 at Disneyland, in Anaheim, California. The primary cast, including Zac Efron, Lucas Grabeel, Vanessa Hudgens, and Ashley Tisdale, attended the event. The film debuted on television on August 17, 2007, on Disney Channel in the U.S.marker, and on Family in Canadamarker.

In the second installment of the Disney franchise, high school student Troy Bolton stresses over getting a job, with the price of college expenses looming on his mind, as well as trying to make sure he and Gabriella Montez are able to stay together all summer.

The premiere was seen by a total of over 18 million viewers in the United Statesmarker which is almost 10 million more than its predecessor, making it the highest-rated Disney Channel Movie of all time.

Plot

At East High the final bell rings signaling the beginning of summer vacation, and the students converge in song ("What Time Is It"). As a symbol of his feelings for her, Troy Bolton (Zac Efron) gives Gabriella Montez (Vanessa Hudgens) a necklace with his initial "T" on it. The Wildcats then sing one last chorus of "What Time Is It" outside of the school. ("What Time Is It (Pt. 2)")
Sharpay and Ryan in "Fabulous".
Sharpay and Ryan Evans (Ashley Tisdale and Lucas Grabeel) plan to spend the summer at their family's country club, Lava Springs ("Fabulous"), But Sharpay's summer plans also include pursuing Troy, whom she has arranged to be hired at the club. However, Troy convinces the club's manager, Mr. Fulton (Mark L. Taylor), into hiring Gabriella and their close group of friends as well; this includes Gabriella's best friend, Taylor (Monique Coleman), and Troy's best friend, Chad (Corbin Bleu). Sharpay is enraged upon learning that Gabriella is working as one of the lifeguards. Mr. Fulton is unable to fire them upon Sharpay's command, since her mother (Jessica Tuck) approved of their hiring, so she orders Fulton to give them difficult tasks so they'd be opt to quit. Fulton attempts to intimidate the group, but Troy rebuilds their confidence and convinces them that they can persevere ("Work This Out").

Troy continues to worry about funding for college. Sharpay senses his need and arranges for Troy to be promoted, hoping that this will convince him to sing with her at the talent show. Meanwhile, Kelsi writes a ballad for Troy and Gabriella. Troy agrees to sing with his friends in the show ("You Are The Music In Me"), not knowing that Sharpay is vying for his attention. In the extended version, Sharpay and Ryan trap Troy as he prepares for a date with Gabriella, and perform their potential show stopper ("Humuhumunukunukuapua'a").

A visit from a local college basketball team, The Red Hawks, causes a rift between Troy and Chad when Troy chooses their companionship instead of his friends', and Troy begins to distance himself from his old friends.

Ryan realizes he does not mean much to Sharpay anymore, as she is ready to cast her brother aside for the opportunity to sing with Troy. Taylor and Gabriella invite Ryan to the baseball game, and Chad offers him Troy's position ("I Don't Dance").

Troy and Gabriella's relationship is strained when Troy sees Ryan with Gabriella, sparking jealousy. Owing to a "promise" from Troy, he and Sharpay practice their song for the Midsummer Night's Talent Show ("You Are The Music In Me (Sharpay Version)").

When Sharpay discovers that Ryan and the Wildcats are putting together their own performance in the show, she orders Mr. Fulton to ban all junior staff members from performing. Gabriella confronts Sharpay, and makes it clear that she will not play Sharpay's game. She quits her job at Lava Springs. Troy overhears the exchange, and tries to persuade Gabriella to change her mind. Gabriella expresses her loss of trust with Troy ("Gotta Go My Own Way").

Troy returns to work the next day to find that his friends refuse to talk to him. Kelsi silently shows Troy the notice from Mr. Fulton, causing Troy to question his own motivations ("Bet On It"). He begins to reconcile with Chad and his other friends. Then Troy confronts Sharpay, informing her that he will not sing with her, and Sharpay bursts into tears. The Wildcats and Chad forgive Troy for his absence and convince him to sing in the talent show, which he does only under the condition that they are all allowed to perform as well.

At Sharpay's supposed instruction, Ryan gives Troy a new song to learn moments before the show. As Troy goes onstage, he asks Sharpay why she switched the song, and Sharpay is shocked to find that her brother tricked her. Troy sings the song ("Everyday") alone — until Gabriella surprisingly joins him onstage. In the end, Sharpay proudly presents her brother, Ryan, with the award for the talent show. After the talent show, the Wildcats (including Ryan and Sharpay) go to the golf course to enjoy the fireworks. Troy and Gabriella finally share their first kiss.

Everyone celebrates the end of the summer with a pool party ("All for One") which features a cameo appearance by Miley Cyrus.

Cast

  • 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 did all of his own singing, whereas in the first High School Musical, his singing was blended with singer Drew Seeley's voice.
  • Gabriella Montez (Vanessa Hudgens) is the female protagonist of the movie.
  • Sharpay Evans (Ashley Tisdale) is the antagonist of the film.
  • Ryan Evans (Lucas Grabeel) is Sharpay's twin brother.
  • 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 also friends with Kelsi Nielsen and Martha Cox, and is dating Chad. She is captain of the school Scholastic Decathlon team. She has a summer job at Lava Springs as an Activities Coordinator. She always sees through Sharpay, and tends to be cynical when it comes to boys.
  • Mr. Thomas Fulton (Mark L. Taylor) is the manager of Lava Springs. He is shown to do whatever possible to please Sharpay.
  • Jack Bolton (Bart Johnson) is the father of Troy.
  • Mr. Vance Evans (Robert Curtis Brown) is the father of Ryan and Sharpay.
  • Mrs. Darby Evans (Jessica Tuck) is the mother of Ryan and Sharpay, and president of the Lava Springs Board.
  • Ms. Darbus (Alyson Reed) is the stern drama teacher at East High. Only appears in the beginning of the movie.
  • Kelsi Nielsen (Olesya Rulin) is a student at East High. She is a pianist and composer.
  • Zeke Baylor (Chris Warren Jr.) is friends with Troy and Chad, and plays for the basketball team.
  • Jason Cross (Ryne Sanborn) is friends with Troy, Chad, and Zeke and plays on the basketball team.
  • Martha Cox (Kaycee Stroh) is a student at East High. She is a friend with Gabriella, Kelsi, and Taylor.
  • Jackie (Tanya Chisholm) is one of Sharpay’s friends (a.k.a The Sharpettes).
  • Lea (Kelli Baker), another Sharpette.
  • Emma (McCall Clark), another Sharpette.
  • Mrs. Lucille Bolton (Leslie Wing Pomeroy) is the mother of Troy and the wife of Mr. Bolton.


Release

The premiere of High School Musical 2 aired at 8PM Eastern Time on August 17, 2007, and included a telecast hosted by Kenny Ortega and the movie's cast. On Saturday, August 18, Disney Channel aired "High School Musical 2: Wildcat Chat", in which the stars of the movie answered questions posed by fans. On August 19, Disney aired a sing-along version of the movie. On May 23, DirecTV announced that they would be hosting an exclusive high-definition airing of the movie a few days after the August 17 premiere on its network-only channel, The 101.

Disney Channel aired a weekly program called Road to High School Musical 2, beginning on June 8, 2007, and leading up to the premiere of High School Musical 2 in August. The show offered viewers a behind-the-scenes look into the production of the movie. The world premiere of the opening number "What Time Is It" was on Radio Disney May 25, 2007, and similarly "You Are The Music In Me" premiered on July 13, 2007.

On December 11, 2007, the movie was released on DVD and Blu-Ray titled High School Musical 2: Extended Edition. On September 15, 2008, a 2-disc special edition of the movie was released titled High School Musical 2: Deluxe Dance Edition.

Musical numbers

Song Chiefly Sung By Other Singers Scene
What Time Is It Troy, Gabriella, Sharpay, Ryan, Chad, Taylor Wildcats East High's Classroom, Hallways, Cafeteria
What Time Is It (Pt. 2) Troy, Gabriella, Sharpay, Ryan, Chad, Taylor Wildcats East High's School Grounds
Fabulous Sharpay and Ryan Sharpettes Lava Springs Pool
Work This Out Troy, Gabriella, Chad, Taylor, Kelsi, Zeke, Martha, Jason Wildcats and Kitchen Workers Lava Springs Kitchen
You Are The Music In Me Troy and Gabriella Kelsi and Wildcats Lava Springs Dining Room
Humuhumunukunukuapua'a Sharpay and Ryan Sharpettes Lava Springs Backstage Room
I Don't Dance Chad and Ryan Baseball Players, Wildcats, and Company Lava Springs Baseball Field
You Are The Music In Me (Sharpay Version) Sharpay Troy and Sharpettes Lava Springs Stage
Gotta Go My Own Way Troy and Gabriella None Lava Springs Pool, Locker Room, Grounds
Bet On It Troy None Lava Springs Golf Course
Everyday Troy and Gabriella Wildcats and Company Lava Springs Stage
All For One Troy, Gabriella, Sharpay, Ryan, Chad, Taylor Kelsi, Zeke, Martha, Jason, Wildcats, Company Lava Springs Pool


Reception

A performance of musical numbers from High School Musical 2 at Disney's Hollywood Studios.
The first broadcast of the film on August 17, 2007 broke records, receiving 17.2 million viewers. This number made it, at the time, the most-watched basic-cable telecast in history (the previous record was held by an edition of ESPN's Monday Night Football between the New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys on October 23, 2006, which attracted 16 million viewers), the most-watched made-for-cable movie ever (the previous record was held by TNT's January 21, 2001 airing of Crossfire Trail, which brought in 12.5 million viewers), and the largest audience of any program on broadcast or cable in the 2007 summer television season, along with Friday nights for the past five years. Ratings for the second showing of the movie fell to 8.4 million, and the third showing fell to 7.4 million, totaling the premiere weekend to 33.04 million viewers.

In Latin America, the premiere of High School Musical 2 was be seen by 3.3 million viewers in the north region. The film was the most-watched in its schedule, among all cable channels, and produced the highest rating of the channel, surpassing all original films of Disney Channel. Among other records, the premiere in Argentinamarker surpassed the debut of High School Musical the last year, in a 107 percent, while in Brazilmarker the sequel reached 208 percent, and Mexicomarker did so with 61 percent. In the United Kingdommarker, the movie became Disney Channel UK's most viewed program ever, totaling 1.2 million viewers in its first showing.

The film was generally well-received by critics, gaining a score of 77/100 at Metacritic. USA Today's Robert Bianco awarded the film three stars out of four, saying High School Musical 2 was "sweet, smart, bursting with talent and energy, and awash in innocence". While critics enjoyed the film, they noted that the timing of the movie's premiere seemed odd, premiering just when school was about to start up again, while the movie's plot involved the gang going on summer Vacation. High School Musical 2 won the "So Hot Right Now" award at the Nickelodeon Australian Kids' Choice Awards 2007 in which High School Musical cast mate, Zac Efron hosted with The Veronicas.

High School Musical 2: On Stage!

Like the original High School Musical, the sequel has been adapted into two different theatrical productions: A one-act, 70-minute version and a two-act full length production. This stage production includes the song "Hummuhummunukunukuapua'a" that was left out of the original movie but included in the DVD. Through Music Theater International, Disney Theatrical began licensing the theatrical rights in October 2008. MTI had originally recruited 7 schools to serve as tests for the new full-length adaptation, but due to complications with multiple drafts of both the script and the score, all but two schools were forced to drop out of the pilot program.

  • On May 18, 2008, Woodlands High School became the first school to produce High School Musical 2.


  • From July 17-August 3, 2008, Harrell Theatre, in Collierville, Tennessee, was the first community theatre to perform the production, which featured both a senior cast and a junior cast.


  • From January 15 - February 15, 2009, the West Coast premiere production was presented by Pacific Repertory Theatre's School of Dramatic Arts. The production was directed by PacRep founderStephen Moorer, who previously directed the California premiere of the first High School Musical.


  • From 6 - 18 April 2009, the UK Premiere will be performed by StageDaze Theatre Company in Cardiff.


References

  1. http://thedisneyblog.com/2007/07/26/high-school-mus/
  2. "High School Musical 2" enters interactive semester
  3. DirecTV Press Release
  4. Nielsens ratings for Jan. 28 Feb. 3 - USATODAY.com
  5. Farandoo: HSM 2 alcanzó cifras récord en Latinoamérica!
  6. digital spy: "High School Musical" proves UK ratings hit
  7. Robert Bianco, "'High School Musical' sequel holds onto note of innocence", August 16, 2007.
  8. Time Out New York: High School Musical 2
  9. http://www.pacrep.org/Disneys%20High%20School%20Musical%202
  10. http://www.hsm2onstage.co.uk


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