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High School Musical: The Musical: The Series is a live-action Disney+ Original series based on the three original High School Musical films. It premiered on November 12, 2019, the launch date of Disney+. In October 2019, before the series even premiered, it was announced that it was already renewed for a second season.

Plot

Season 1

The 10-episode scripted series, set as the real-life East High, where the original movie was filmed, follows a group of students as they countdown to opening night of their school's first-ever production of "High School Musical." With meta references and some docu-style elements, it's a modern take on the "classic" from 15 years ago. Show-mances blossom; friendships are tested, while new ones are made; rivalries flare; songs are sung; and lives are changed forever as these young people discover the transformative power that only high school theater can provide.

Season 2

Joining Nini (Olivia Rodrigo), Ricky (Joshua Bassett), E.J. (Matt Cornett), Gina (Sofia Wylie), Big Red (Larry Saperstein), Ashlyn (Julia Lester), Kourtney (Dara Reneé), Carlos (Frankie A. Rodriguez), Seb (Joe Serafini), Mr. Mazzara (Mark St. Cyr), Miss Jenn (Kate Reinders), and there are several new exciting characters. Zack (Derek Hough), Miss Jenn's ex-boyfriend and former high school heartthrob, shakes things up when he returns to Salt Lake City after a successful acting career in NYC to be the new Drama Teacher at East High's rival high school, North High. Antoine (Andrew Barth Feldman), a foreign exchange student at North High, can not help but flirt with Ashlyn. Howie (Roman Banks), a hyper-smart, bespectacled, adorkable high school junior, gets close to a certain Wildcat or two while working after school as a delivery guy for Big Red's family Pizza Shop, Salt Lake Slices. And Lily (Olivia Rose Keegan) is a sugary sweet, energetic East High Student who wants nothing more to be on-stage with the Wildcats, but her sweetness masks her highly competitive nature.

Season 3

In the new season, it's summer break! The Wildcats leave the hallways of East High for the ultimate summer at sleepaway camp, complete with campfires, summer romances, and curfew-less nights. Camp Shallow Lake, a family-owned sleepaway camp in California. With a high-stakes production of Frozen and a behind-the-scenes “docuseries” of the production in the works, the Wildcats will attempt to show who is “best in snow” without leaving anyone out in the cold.

Production

Development

On November 9, 2017, it was announced that Disney was developing a television series adaptation of their High School Musical film series created by Peter Barsocchini. The series was expected to premiere on Disney's then-unnamed upcoming streaming service. The company had planned to adapt the franchise for television and approached creator Tim Federle to develop an idea for a series. Federle pitched the documentary-style series in January 2018 and went on to draft the pilot together with Disney Channel, who contributed to the production of the series. On May 30, 2018, it was announced that Federle would serve as a writer and executive producer for the series. On September 6, Disney officially gave the production a series order for a first season consisting of ten episodes. Oliver Goldstick was expected to serve as showrunner and an additional executive producer while Julie Ashton would oversee the casting process. Alongside this announcement, it was also revealed that the show would be of the mockumentary genre and a list of character names and descriptions was released. By May 2019, Goldstick had departed the series over "creative differences", having served as showrunner for the first four episodes.

In October 2019, ahead of the release of the first season, Disney+ renewed the series for a second season. Federle stated that the second season's plot would not revolve around a production of High School Musical 2; it was revealed in February 2020 that the featured production would be Beauty and the Beast. The second season consisted of twelve episodes.

On September 13, 2021, Disney+ renewed the series for a third season. It was revealed within the announcement that production of the series would relocate from Salt Lake City to Los Angeles, and would begin later in the year. The season was announced to be set at a sleep-away theater camp taking place over the summer school break. On November 12, 2021, it was announced that the summer musical would be Frozen.

Casting

Tim Federle expressed the importance of casting real teenagers in main roles to add authenticity to the high school-based series. On October 17, 2018, it was announced that Joshua Bassett had been cast in a leading role. The rest of the cast was announced on February 15, 2019, including Sofia Wylie as Gina, Kate Reinders as Miss Jenn, and Olivia Rodrigo as Nini. Tim Federle confirmed in November 2019 that an unnamed cast member from the original film would make a cameo appearance through a fantasy sequence. After being listed as a featured artist on the soundtrack, Lucas Grabeel, who played Ryan Evans, was confirmed to be making an appearance on the series. Lucas Grabeel appears in the episode "The Tech Rehearsal" as a fictionalized version of himself, performing in a song alongside Reinders. Kaycee Stroh, who played Martha Cox, also makes a cameo appearance in the episode "What Team?"

In December 2019, it was reported that Joe Serafini, who plays Seb Matthew-Smith, would be promoted to the main cast for the second season. Further additions to the recurring cast were revealed in early 2020: Roman Banks as Howie; Olivia Rose Keegan as Lily; and Derek Hough as Zack, Miss Jenn's ex-boyfriend.[2] In February 2021, Andrew Barth Feldman and Asher Angel joined the cast for the second season in recurring guest roles, as Antoine and Jack respectively.[3] In July 2021, it was revealed that Jordan Fisher would guest star as Gina's older brother Jamie Porter in the penultimate episode of the second season.[4]

Time reported in December 2021 that Rodrigo would return for the third season, amidst speculation she would not due to her music career. It was later stated that Olivia Rodrigo would return in a recurring role as opposed to the series regular status she maintained in the first two seasons. The casting for the third season was made public in January 2022, with Joshua Bassett, Matt Cornett, Sofia Wylie, Julia Lester, Dara Reneé, Frankie Rodriguez, and Kate Reinders also confirmed to be returning. Olivia Rose Keegan was promoted to the main cast for the third season. Adrian Lyles and Saylor Bell joined the cast as new series regulars, playing Jet and Maddox respectively. Further additions to the guest cast included Jason Earles as Dewey Wood and Meg Donnelly as Val. Also appearing is Corbin Bleu, who starred in the original film series as Chad Danforth, playing himself.[5] Three further recurring characters were announced in March; Ben Stillwell, Aria Brooks, and Liamani Segura as Channing, Alex, and Emmy respectively.[6]

Filming

Production on the first season began on February 15, 2019, in Salt Lake City, Utah, and concluded on June 30. Production on the second season commenced in February 2020 but was halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Filming had resumed by November 2020. Filming for the second season wrapped up in February 2021. Filming for the third season commenced in January 18, 2022, in Los Angeles rather than Salt Lake City. Filming for the third season wrapped up on April 13, 2022.

Cast

Starring

Recurring

  • Joe Serafini as Seb Matthew-Smith (Recurring; Season 1 Main; Season 2) a Sophomore at East High School in Season 1 and Season 2. In Season 1, Seb was cast as the gender bent version Sharpay Evans in East High School's production of High School Musical. In Season 2, Seb was cast as Chip Potts in East High School's production of Beauty and the Beast.
  • Alexis Nelis as Natalie Bagley
  • Alex Quijano as Mike Bowen; Ricky's father
  • Valente Rodriguez as Principal Gutierrez
  • Nicole Sullivan as Carol Salazar-Roberts; one of Nini's moms.
  • Michelle Noh as Dana Salazar-Roberts; one of Nini's moms.
  • Jeanne Sakata as Malou
  • Beth Lacke as Lynne Bowen; Ricky's mother
  • Addison Morgan as Emily Pratt
  • Deepti Gupta as Kalyani Patel, Dean at Y.A.C.
  • Amy Tolsky as Big Red's mom
  • Derek Hough as Zack Roy (Season 2); The new Drama Teacher at North High School. Miss Jenn's ex-boyfriend from High School.[2]
  • Olivia Rose Keegan as Lily[2]
  • Roman Banks as Howie (Season 2)[2]
  • Andrew Barth Feldman as Antoine (Season 2)[3]
  • Kimberly Brooks as Michelle Greene; Kourtney's mother
  • Saylor Bell as Maddox; a bright-eyed, quick-witted 'techie' who always follows the rules.[5]
  • Corbin Bleu as Himself[5]
  • Meg Donnelly as Val; a confident and funny college student and longtime camper turned counselor-in-training, who is ready to choreograph the summer production of Frozen.[5]
  • Jason Earles as Dewey Wood; camp director of Camp Shallow Lake, who's described as a "stone-faced killjoy."[5]
  • Adrian Lyles as Jet; Camp Shallow Lake's mysterious new kid.[5]
  • Aria Brooks as Alex, an eighth grader and a brand new Camp Shallow Lake camper.[6]
  • Liamani Segura as Emmy, a wide-eyed eighth grader and first-time auditioner at the camp.[6]
  • Ben Stillwell as Channing, a cameraman for the docuseries about Camp Shallow Lake's production of Frozen.[6]

Guest Stars

Episodes

Season 1

  1. The Auditions
  2. The Read-Through
  3. The Wonderstudies
  4. Blocking
  5. Homecoming
  6. What Team?
  7. Thanksgiving
  8. The Tech Rehearsal
  9. Opening Night
  10. Act Two

Season 2

  1. New Year's Eve
  2. Typecasting
  3. Valentine's Day
  4. The Storm
  5. The Quinceañero
  6. Yes, And...
  7. The Field Trip
  8. Most Likely To
  9. Spring Break
  10. The Transformation
  11. Showtime
  12. Second Chances

Soundtracks

High School Musical: The Musical: The Series (soundtrack)

High School Musical: The Musical: The Series (Season 2 soundtrack)

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Videos

Season 1

Awards

Nominations
Award Year Category Nominee(s) Results
Artios Awards 2021 Outstanding Achievement in Casting: Children's Pilot and Series (Live Action) Julie Ashton Nominated
Directors Guild of America Award 2021 Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children's Programs Kabir Akhtar (for Opening Night) Nominated
GLAAD Media Award 2020 Outstanding Kids & Family Programming High School Musical: The Musical The Series Won
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards 2020 Favorite Male TV Star Joshua Bassett Nominated
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards 2021 Favorite Female TV Star Sofia Wylie Nominated
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards 2021 Favorite Kids TV Show High School Musical: The Musical The Series Nominated
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards 2021 Favorite Male TV Star Joshua Bassett Nominated
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards 2022 Favorite Female TV Star (Kids) Olivia Rodrigo Won
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards 2022 Favorite Female TV Star (Kids) Sofia Wylie Nominated
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards 2022 Favorite Kids TV Show High School Musical: The Musical The Series Won
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards 2022 Favorite Male TV Star Joshua Bassett Won
The DisInsider’s Awards 2021 Best Original Song The Rose Song performed by Olivia Rodrigo Nominated
The DisInsider’s Awards 2021 Best Original Song Let You Go performed by Joshua Bassett Nominated
The DisInsider’s Awards 2021 Best Supporting Actor (Disney+ Original Series) Joshua Bassett Nominated

Trivia

References

External Links


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Media
Films: High School MusicalHigh School Musical 2High School Musical 3: Senior YearSharpay's Fabulous AdventureHigh School Musical 4

TV Series: High School Musical: Get in the PictureHigh School Musical: The Musical: The Series
Video games:Work This Out!Sing It!Sing It! 3Senior Year DanceSing ItDisney Sing It: Pop HitsDisney Sing It: Party HitsDisney Sing It: Family Hits
Music: High School Musical (Soundtrack)High School Musical 2 (soundtrack)High School Musical 3: Senior Year (soundtrack)Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure (soundtrack)High School Musical: The Musical: The Series (soundtrack)High School Musical: The Musical: The Series (season 2 soundtrack)High School Musical: The ConcertHigh School Musical Hits RemixedHigh School Musical 2: Non-Stop Dance PartyHigh School Musical: Be MineHigh School Musical: The CollectionHigh School Musical: The Musical: The Holiday Special (soundtrack)Music from High School Musical (Original Score)

Characters
HSM: Troy BoltonGabriella MontezSharpay EvansRyan EvansChad DanforthTaylor McKessieKelsi NielsenZeke BaylorJason CrossMartha CoxMs. DarbusJack BoltonMrs. Montez

HSM2: Thomas FultonLucille BoltonVance EvansDarby EvansBoiThe Sharpettes
HSM3: Tiara GoldJimmy ZaraDonnie DionCharlie DanforthMrs. DanforthPrincipal Matsui
SFA: Peyton LeverettRoger EllistonTiffani DestinAmber Lee AdamsGill SammsNeal RobertsBerry TaylorMr. GonzalesMrs. Gonzalez

Locations
East High SchoolBolton HouseholdMountain Ski ResortLava SpringsStanford University
Songs
HSM: Start of Something NewGet'cha Head in the GameWhat I've Been Looking For + (Reprise) • Stick to the Status QuoWhen There Was Me and YouBop to the TopBreaking FreeWe're All in This TogetherI Can't Take My Eyes Off of You

HSM2: What Time Is It?FabulousWork This OutYou Are The Music in Me + (Reprise) • Humuhumunukunukuapua'aI Don't DanceGotta Go My Own WayBet On ItEverydayAll for One
HSM3: Now or NeverRight Here, Right NowI Want It AllCan I Have This DanceA Night to RememberJust Wanna Be with YouThe Boys are BackWalk AwayScreamSenior Year Spring MusicalHigh School MusicalJust Getting Started
SFA: Gonna ShineMy Boi and Me + (My Girl and Me) • Walking on SunshineBabyNew York's Best Kept SecretThe Rest of My Life
HSMTMTS (season 1): I Think I Kinda, You KnowWonderingA Billion SorrysAll I WantBorn to Be BraveTruth, Justice and Songs in Our KeyOut of the OldRole of a LifetimeJust for a MomentThe Medley, The Mash-Up
HSMTM (holiday special): This Christmas (Hang all the Mistletoe)The Perfect GiftFeliz NavidadHanukkah MedleyLast ChristmasWhite ChristmasLittle Saint NickBelieveWhat Are You Doin' on New Year's Eve?RiverSomething in the AirThat's Christmas to MeChristmas (Baby Please Come Home)
HSMTMTS (season 2): Something in the AirThe Perfect GiftHigh School Musical 2 MedleyBelle1-2-3YAC Alma MaterBeauty and the BeastEven When/The Best PartRed Means LoveGrantedA Dancer's HeartThe ClimbHomeThe Rose SongAround YouThe Mob SongGastonIf I Can't Love HerLet You GoYou Ain't Seen Nothin'In a Heartbeat


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