Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure is a direct-to video film and High School Musical spin-off starring Ashley Tisdale. The film looks at Sharpay Evans' life after her graduation trying to get a role in a Broadway show. The film was released as a Blu-ray and DVD combination pack on April 19, 2011. The Disney Channel Original Movie premiered on Disney Channel on May 22, 2011. It was the first Disney Channel Original Movie to be released on DVD before being broadcast on Disney Channel.
Sharpay Evans (Ashley Tisdale) performs a dance number at the Lava Springs Country Club. There she meets a famous producer Jerry Taylor (Pat Mastroianni) who offers her a chance to star in his newest show on Broadway. Sharpay thinks the audition is for her, but it's actually for Boi, her dog.
Sharpay later manages to convince her father to let her move to New York City on her own. He hesitantly accepts, but he has a condition: if the plan backfires, Sharpay is forced to move back with her parents and work at Lava Springs.
While in New York, Sharpay is kicked out of her penthouse because they don't allow dogs. While sitting on the sidewalk in despair, she meets Peyton (Austin Butler), who offers her a studio apartment. Sharpay accepts, but is disgusted to find out what the studio apartment really looks like. Sharpay, Peyton and Boi go shopping to give her studio a little makeover.
While Peyton sees Sharpay in distress, he brings her to the stage of the Radio City Music Hall, which makes her feel much better. There she meets Neal Roberts and Gill Samms, producers of Jerry's show. When she finds out they only want Boi, she auditions him, but only to be caught in a tie with very competitive Roger Elliston (Bradley Steven Perry). Minutes later, Sharpay meets Amber Lee Adams (Cameron Goodman), the star of the show. Leaving the theater, Sharpay is threatened by Roger that if she doesn't drop out, there will be serious consequences.
Later in the film, Boi and Countess (Roger's female pup) run away together. Sharpay and Roger team up to find them. Fortunately, Peyton finds them at the theater.
Meanwhile, Amber Lee fires her assistant and dim-wittingly hires Sharpay just to boss her around. Unknowingly, Sharpay is a maid to her and answers to her every need. Sharpay later finds out that Amber Lee isn't all who she's cracked up to be. So she and Roger concoct a plan to get Amber Lee fired from the show. Her plan works — only to get Sharpay fired and Amber Lee quitting from the production.
Just as it seems that the production is about to get canceled due to Amber Lee quitting, Peyton shows footage to the producers that she can be the girl to star in the show. They take his word and hire Sharpay as the lead role in A Girl's Best Friend.
Sharpay says that she will accept the offer, but only if Boi and Countess split the role of Shelby. Sharpay and Peyton share a kiss, and she finally gets her dream of performing on Broadway.
During the end credits, Sharpay receives a visit from her brother, Ryan, who is currently on break from a musical he is touring the country in. Boi ends up scurrying out of the room, with Sharpay following afterwards. Ryan then lies back on Sharpay's bed — which lifts and closes on him.
- Ashley Tisdale as Sharpay Evans
- Austin Butler as Peyton Leverett
- Bradley Steven Perry as Roger Elliston
- Lauren Collins as Tiffani Destiny
- Cameron Goodman as Amber Lee Adams
- Robert Curtis Brown as Vance Evans
- Jessica Tuck as Darby Evans
- Alec Mapa as Gill Samms
- Jack Plotnick as Neal Roberts
- Pat Mastroianni as Jerry Taylor
- Lucas Grabeel as Ryan Evans (Special appearance)
- Jorge Molina as Mr. Gonzalez
- Mya Michaels as Mrs. Gonzalez
- Shawn Molko as Roger Elliston (singing voice)
- Mike 'Nug' Nahrgang as Stage Manager
- Shadia Ali as Dina
- Sarah Joy Bennett as Kelly
- Tracey Ferencz as Marjorie
- Tammy Isbell as Judith / Nell
- Kyle Buchanan as Tim
- Jorge Molina as Mr. Gonzalez
- Mya Michaels as Mrs. Gonzalez
- Christian Potenza as Sound Engineer
- Amish Patel as Butchy
- Michelle Bugay as Girl 1
- Sarah Slywchuk as Singer Girl
- Shawn Byfield as Trevor
- Johnie Chase as Card Player
- Taylor James as Shine Dancer / Finale Dancer
- Damien Lavergne as Dancer
- Misha Rasaiah as Dancer
- Alexandra Herzog as Dancer
- Tanya Karn as Dancer
- Shamier Anderson as Lead Dancer
- Rhonda Roberts as Dancer
- Louise St. Cyr as Dancer
- Marc Cardarelli as Dancer
- Judy Kovacs as Dancer (as Judy Kovaks)
- Tamina Pollack-Paris as Dancer
- Corey Gorewicz as Dancer
- Charles Seminerio as Dancer (as Charlie Seminerio)
- Michael MacLennan as Dancer
- Laura Eichhorn as Duchess (voice)
- David Braid as Pianist
- Craig Cyr as Poker Player
- Okiki Kendall as Patron #1
- Justin Nie as Patron #2
- Manly Ortega as Boi Evans
- Alana Randall as Company Dancer
Tisdale is the executive producer of the film, along with Bill Borden and Barry Rosenbush who previously produced the first three High School Musical films. In making the announcement, Gary Marsh, the president of Disney Channels Worldwide, said: "In 'Sharpay', Ashley Tisdale brought to life one of the most memorable comedic characters we've seen in years. This movie captures the absolutely perfect next chapter in Sharpay's life, as she tries to cultivate the humanity buried, deep, deep within her - a challenging and hilarious endeavor." The film had Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure as a working title, before being renamed to High Stakes. According to DisneyChannelMediaNet.com, the film's title has been changed back to Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure.
|It's not really Sharpay. She's still Sharpay, but she's now the lead of the movie. You used to love to hate her, but now you have to fall in love with her. You get to see why she is the way she is, you see her in a different light. She's not in college, but she's supposed to be. She's in New York City fulfilling her dreams on Broadway.|
—Ashley Tisdale, OK! Magazine
Former High School Musical actress Vanessa Hudgens expressed interest in making a cameo appearance in the film. On May 21, 2010, however, Tisdale told MTV that Hudgens would not appear in the film because she's "too busy promoting films and stuff" but announced there will be a special guest appearance. On June 8, Austin Butler's involvement was announced, as well as Bradley Steven Perry's.
The name of the character played by Cameron Goodman, was never officially announced by Disney Channel, although several outlets listed the name as Lisa Lamore. During an interview on February 16, 2011, Goodman stated the name of the character she plays is Amber Lee Adams.
Filming began on May 25, 2010, in Toronto, Canada, and wrapped on July 6, 2010. The movie trailer was released in November 2010, and has since been shown on Disney Channel. The film was produced by Prinsessa Productions Ltd. and Borden & Rosenbrush Entertainment.
The movie has met with positive reviews from critics. Brian Orndorf stated "Though frivolous, Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure is an enjoyable romp with everyone's favorite pampered princess, delivering limited antics with a great deal of charisma." David Nusair of Reel Film Reviews called it "...bland and surprisingly low-rent..." James Plath said "Though Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure doesn't have the same verve or originality of the 'HSM' movies, it's still solid-pink entertainment that should delight the target audience of mostly pre-teen and early teenage girls (and boys who like Tisdale but would never, in a million years, admit it)." The movie received 4.9 million viewers on its premiere on Disney Channel on May 22, 2011.
The film was released on Blu-ray and DVD on April 19, 2011, in three different format packages: a stand-alone DVD, a 2-disc DVD and Blu-ray combo pack, and a limited edition set which includes the film in DVD, Blu-ray, and digital download, as well as a pink clutch purse. The Blu-ray Disc includes bloopers and two featurettes: "Evolution of Sharpay" and "Austin Cam: Austin Butler Student Film". It sold 234,000 copies on its first week, debuting at number nine on the DVD sales chart. After six weeks of release, it had sold over 400,000 copies and made over $7 million in sales.
On May 22, 2010, Tisdale confirmed she was recording music for the film. Deadline also reported four original songs are going to be featured in the film. Songwriter Amy Powers stated on her official website that Tisdale had recorded the songs "My Boi and Me" and "The Rest of My Life" (both were co-written with Matthew Tishler) for the film. In a press release by Disney Channel, "I'm Gonna Shine" (written by Randy Petersen and Kevin Quinn) and "New York's Best Kept Secret" (written by David Lawrence and Faye Greenberg) were confirmed as the other two original songs to be featured in the film.
- The movie, when first shown on Disney Channel, was the first preview for Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension, which was the next DCOM to premiere.
- This was the last Disney Channel Original Movie to get a Blu-ray release.