DISNEY'S "HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 2," THE HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED SEQUEL
TO THE SMASH HIT DISNEY CHANNEL ORIGINAL MOVIE, SET TO PREMIERE
FRIDAY, AUGUST 17 (8:00 P.M., ET/PT) ON DISNEY CHANNEL
-- Poster Reveal Begins at DisneyChannel.com on May 4 –
BURBANK, May 1, 2007 (update) . . . . "High School Musical 2," the sequel to the
Emmy Award-winning Disney Channel Original Movie for kids, tweens and families,
will premiere FRIDAY, AUGUST 17 (8:00 p.m., ET/PT) in a weekend of
programming events hosted by the cast on Disney Channel U.S. The movie goes
global on Disney Channels around in the world beginning in September. The
announcement was made today by Gary Marsh, President, Entertainment, Disney
"It's amazing that what began as a simple television movie has turned into
worldwide cultural phenomenon," said Marsh. "If you loved 'High School Musical,'
you're in for an absolute thrill ride with 'High School Musical 2.' It is definitely 'the
start of something new!"
Beginning May 4, kids can help to gradually unlock the "High School Musical 2"
poster at DisneyChannel.com/HighSchoolMusical2. By visiting the site each day,
guests will get a new piece revealed. On May 18, the full poster will be printable
from the site.
For the new movie, Marsh reassembled the entire creative team that made "High
School Musical" a worldwide sensation. Emmy Award-winning Kenny Ortega
returns to direct and, along with fellow Emmy Award-winning choreographers
Charles Klapow and Bonnie Story, has created ground-breaking production numbers
for the sequel. The story and screenplay was written by former rock music
journalist Peter Barsocchini based on the characters he created for the original
movie. A Humanitas Prize finalist, Barsocchini wrote the original movie and its
sequel with his tween daughter in mind and drew inspiration for the characters and
the storyline from his own childhood.
The world-class songwriters who wrote anthemic songs (spanning pop, rock, hip
hop, swing and a flashy Hawaiian/Polynesian number) for the sequel are: Matthew
Gerrard, Robbie Nevil, Jamie Houston, Tim James, Antonina Armato, Randy
Petersen, Kevin Quinn, David Lawrence and Faye Greenberg. Lawrence also
composed the score for the movie.
Reprising their singing and dancing roles are bona fide superstars in the kid and
tween universe: Zac Efron as star athlete Troy Bolton, Vanessa Hudgens as brainy
transfer student Gabriella Montez, Ashley Tisdale as drama club diva Sharpay
Evans, Lucas Grabeel as drama club idol Ryan Evans, Corbin Bleu as teammate and
best friend Chad Danforth and Monique Coleman as academic decathlete Taylor
McKessie. Also returning are Alyson Reed ("A Chorus Line") as Ms. Darbus, Chris
Warren, Jr. as Zeke, Olesya Rulin as Kelsi, KayCee Stroh as Martha, Ryne Sanborn
as Jason and Bart Johnson as Coach Bolton. Mark Taylor (Disney Channel's
"Eddie's Million Dollar Cook-Off") joins the cast as the country club manager, Mr.
In the sequel, school's out for summer, and the East High Wildcats are ready to
kick back and make it the time of their lives. If they can land decent summer jobs,
all will be right with the world. Troy Bolton can barely believe his luck when he's
offered a job at Albuquerque's posh country club, Lava Springs. What he doesn't
know is that his newfound employment is part of club queen Sharpay's plot to lure
him away from Gabriella. But that plan begins to unravel when Troy, unbeknownst
to Sharpay, lands a lifeguard position at the club for Gabriella, as well as jobs for
Chad, Taylor, Zeke, Martha, Kelsi, Jason and the rest of his Wildcat pals.
When she learns Kelsi has written what's sure to be a winning duet for Troy and
Gabriella to perform at the club's annual Midsummer Night's Talent Show, an
incensed Sharpay begins an all-out campaign to ensure these newcomers will not
upstage her – forcing her to relive her humiliation over the school's winter musical.
Thus begins a duel of wits between the determined Sharpay, who seeks to always
get what she wants, and Troy, who begins to experience a world of privilege he's
never known. What will he be willing to sacrifice for the sake of his future? All
questions are answered, musically, of course, on the night of the club's Talent
Emmy Award winners Bill Borden and Barry Rosenbush ("High School Musical") are
the executive producers. Emmy Award-winning Don Schain ("High School Musical")
is the producer. Filmed on location in Salt Lake City and St. George, Utah, "High
School Musical 2" is from First Street Films and Salty Pictures.
Brenda Kelly Grant
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