That became the most successful Disney Channel Original Movie, leading to both TV and film sequels; a best-selling soundtrack; multiple stage productions; a sold-out concert tour; "High School Musical: The Ice Tour"; a themed show at Disneyland Parks and Resorts in Anaheim, Orlando, and Paris; a ton of merchandise; and even a best-selling junior novel. The franchise just rolls in money.
"High School Musical" stars Vanessa Anne Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Lucas Grabeel, Corbin Bleu, and Monique Coleman just reunited to celebrate the 10-year-anniversary for a special telecast of the movie airing Wednesday, January 20 (8 p.m. EST) on Disney Channel.
According to Disney, the group taped the nostalgic interstitial segments January 17 at a high school gymnasium in suburban Los Angeles. Don't worry, Zac Efron isn't blowing this off -- he will join the telecast in a pre-taped message to "High School Musical" fans.
Radio Disney's Ernie D also interviewed the cast, to be seen during "Radio Disney Insider" Thursday, January 21 on Disney Channel and the Radio Disney app.
Gary Marsh, President and Chief Creative Officer, Disney Channels Worldwide, offered this statement:
"Seeing the cast of High School Musical back together again reaffirms what made it special 10 years ago. It's their optimism, their dedication and their extraordinary talent -- as a group -- that made this such an exceptional movie and cultural phenomenon. Ten years later, the movie continues to delight audiences around the globe, not just for its memorable song and dance numbers, but for its universal themes that continue to resonate with fans everywhere - express yourself, believe in yourself and always follow your dreams."
Awwww. It helps that the cast is cute, too.
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