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25 High School Musical Secrets Revealed

25 High School Musical Secrets Revealed

It’s the start of something new…

Are you ready to meet a new generation of East High Wildcats? Disney is betting on it, with the the iconic franchise making its highly anticipated return in High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, which officially launches on Nov. 12 on Disney+, Disney’s new streaming service. 

But this isn’t your millennial’s version of HSM, which launched the careers of Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Tisdale, and shattered ratings records for Disney Channel, no, it’s a fresh take, with a bunch of tongue-in-cheek references, modern updates and original songs as a new crop of characters at East High, where HSM was filmed, decide to do High School Musical as their first-ever production. Think Glee meets The Office, with the cut-throat auditions, drama club drama and love triangles blending seamlessly with docu-style confessionals and Jim Halpert-worthy glances to the camera.

Sounds weird, right? But it totally works, managing to be meta and sincere all at once. 

But before we officially move on to the next phase of HSM mythology, respect must be paid to the three-film franchise that came before it and unexpectedly became a full-blown pop culture phenomenon when it debuted in 2006. Directed by Kenny Ortega and also starring Lucas Grabeel, Corbin Bleu and Monique Coleman, the legacy of High School Musical still lives on and the films are as popular as ever, despite the OG Wildcats graduating over 10 years ago. 

So what time is it? It’s time to reveal some behind-the-scenes facts you might not know about the original High School Musical film franchise, like which star didn’t actually sing in the first movie, which Disney Channel idol turned down a role in HSM 3 and who was evicted from the apartment after they returned from shooting the original film…

Zac Efron, High School Musical

Disney Channel/Fred Hayes

High School Musical 3, Drew Seeley, Zac Efron

Picture Perfect/Shutterstock, Eric Charbonneau/Shutterstock

High School Musical 3, Ashley Tisdale, Lucas Grabeel


High School Musical

Disney Channel/Netflix

High School Musical 2

Disney Channel

High School Musical 3

Matt Baron/BEI/Shutterstock

Ashley Tisdale, The Late Late Show, Sharpay Evans

Terence Patrick/CBS, Adam Larkey/Disney Channel via Getty Images

High School Musical 3, Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens

Frederic SOULOY/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

High School Musical


High School Musical: The Musical: The Series officially launches on Nov. 12 on Disney+. 

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