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Richard "Ricky" Bowen is one of the main characters in the Disney+ Original Series High School Musical: The Musical: The Series. Ricky is the son of Lynne and Mike Bowen. Ricky is Big Red's Best Friend. Ricky was a junior at East High School in Season 1 and Season 2. In Season 1, he joins East High School's Drama Club. In Season 1, he was casted as Troy Bolton in East High School's fall production of High School Musical. In Season 2, he was casted as the Beast in East High School's spring production of Beauty and the Beast.


Ricky is a snarky sweetheart, a B-minus student, and our star. Ricky’s been dating fellow junior Nini for a year. When she unexpectedly breaks up with Ricky, he launches a bold plan to get Nini back — by auditioning to star opposite her in the school’s production of HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL. Ricky’s class-clowning covers a deep fear that he’s not actually great at anything, except coasting by on charm. Constantly attempting get-rich-quick schemes with best friend and fellow skater Big Red. Stays up too late bingeing GoPro stunt videos on YouTube. Voted “Most likely to sleep through his alarm.”[1]


Ricky is said to be a sensitive comedian. He tries hard to display his true feelings, but often he is unable to express himself the way he intends to. He sometimes says the wrong things, but his intentions are good. He is a kind, caring boy who is always on the look out for his friends.

Physical appearance

Ricky has curly brown hair with blond highlights. He has a slim build and is tall.

Powers and abilities


Early Life

Richard "Ricky" Bowen was born sometime between 2002-2003 to Lynne Bowen and Mike Bowen.

When Ricky was in kindergarten, he met Nini Salazar-Roberts. Ricky didn't know how to pronounce "Nina", so he just called her "Nini", and it stuck since then. In first grade Nini had decided to call Ricky "Ricky" because "Richard" sounded like an old man's name. Ricky started dating Nini the summer before their sophomore year and broke up in the Summer of 2019, when Nini confessed her love to him after showing him a song she wrote for him and posted on Instagram for their one-year anniversary ("I Think I Kinda, You Know"). Ricky suggests they take a pause due to her leaving for theatre camp and not being able to express his feelings.

Season One

The Auditions

He decided to audition for the fall musical after his girlfriend, Nini Salazar-Roberts broke up with him and started going out with another guy in order to impress her. He ended up getting the lead role, Troy after running in late and singing the song that she wrote for him to confess her love.

The Read-Through

After Nini gets upset with him for not taking the musical seriously he thinks about quitting but Gina convinces him to stay. He decides to try harder to learn the dances from the musical which ends up impressing Nini.

The Wonderstudies

He tries to leave a voice message to Nini but EJ deletes it before she can see it. He later talks to Big Red about it and he tells him to be the bigger man. Later while in rehearsal with EJ while tossing a ball between each other he hits him in the nose giving him a cut on the mouth. He tries to apologize to EJ in the bathroom but EJ gets mad at him because of the voice mail he left. Ricky later tells Nini not to share such personal messages, tipping her off that EJ has her phone.





What Team?




The Tech Rehearsal


Opening Night


Act Two


Season Two

New Year's Eve




Valentine’s Day


The Storm


The Quinceañero


Yes, And...


The Field Trip


Most Likely To


Spring Break


The Transformation




Second Chances




Mike Bowen (father)

Lynne Bowen (mother)


Big Red (best friend)

Nini Salazar-Roberts (childhood friend/ex-girlfriend)

Gina Porter (former admirer/friend)

Carlos Rodriguez (friend)

Seb Matthew-Smith (friend)

Ashlyn Caswell (friend)

E.J. Caswell (former enemy/friend)

Kourtney Greene (friend)

Love Interest(s)

Nini Salazar-Roberts (childhood friend/ex-girlfriend)

Gina Porter (former admirer/friend)

Lily (admirer)


Season 1

Season 2

  • New Year's Eve
  • Typecasting
  • Valentine's Day
  • The Storm
  • The Quinceañero
  • Yes, And...
  • The Field Trip
  • Most Likely To
  • Spring Break
  • The Transformation
  • Showtime
  • Second Chances


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  • The creator of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series Tim Federle named both Ricky's parents Lynne Bowen and Mike Bowen after his parents.
  • He has a fear of change.
  • His parents are separated/divorced.
  • His first crush was Nini, and his second crush was Minnie Mouse.
  • His real name is Richard Bowen, and his nickname "Ricky" was given to him by Nini in kindergarten.
  • He can skateboard.
  • He enjoys arranging songs to play on his acoustic guitar.
  • He can play both the Guitar and Piano.
  • He was cast as the lead male role twice in Season 1 and Season 2.
  • He helped Carlos Rodriguez write a song about how he feels about Seb Matthew-Smith called "In a Heartbeat" in The Transformation.
  • He broke his wrist in The Transformation when he fell on Ashlyn Caswell when the harness broke.
  • He is Lily's favorite actor at East High School.


External links

Ricky Bowen | High School Musical: The Musical: The Series Wiki | Fandom