From the moment I saw the trailer for High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, I knew it was definitely going to make paying $6.99/month (P354.89) for Disney+ worth it. At first, the idea of remaking the perfection that is the 2006 Disney Channel original hit, High School Musical, sounded horrifying. Who could possibly play Troy Bolton, jock with dreams of singing in musicals/hooking up with the hot new girl, other than Zac Efron? You're exactly right: Nobody.
But that's not what HSM: TM: TS is all about (damn, even in abbreviations, that's still a long title). Instead, it's more like a 10-episode ode to the movie that taught us we're all in this together. Here's everything we know:
When does it air?
The first episode hits Disney+ November 12, while the second goes live November 15. Like I mentioned earlier, there are 10 docu-style episodes in total.
Okay, what's High School Musical: The Musical: The Series about?
I'll let Disney+ explain:
"From creator and executive producer Tim Federle ('Ferdinand'), High School Musical: The Musical: The Series follows the East High drama club as they work their way to opening night of their school's first-ever production of High School Musical. Show-mances blossom, old friendships are tested while new ones are made, rivalries flare, and lives are changed forever as these students discover the transformative power that only high school theater can provide."
Okay, that's great, but, like, where's the real tea? Well, here's more:
"The new student body includes Ricky (Joshua Bassett), a charismatic teen auditioning for the musical so he can win back the heart of ex-girlfriend Nini (Olivia Rodrigo), who has just returned from summer theater camp with a new boyfriend—and the same old insecurities that keep her from owning the spotlight."
Sounds very Troy/Gabriella but not too on the nose.
Still sound kind of lame? Please check out this trailer:
You cannot tell me this doesn't look perfect. But wait, there's another look at the series, here:
What's the song situation like?
Here's where things get really interesting. Not only will every episode include a "new rendition" of a song from High School Musical, but there will also be an original song per episode as well!
How does the OG cast feel about all this?
For starters, Zac is totally down to appear. "Absolutely…I don't see why not," he told Extra. "I'm not, like, committing to it—I didn't know there was [a series]." Vanessa Hudgens is...less enthusiastic.
"I dunno!" Vanessa told Cosmo back in 2017. "I mean, we'll see. If they ask, who knows." That doesn't mean she's mad about it though. "I grew up watching musicals. I love musicals. So I feel like the longer we can keep them alive, the better."
That's something at least! Meanwhile, Corbin Bleu (aka the Chad Danforth) is all about this reboot. Just check out this Instagram:
So what are the other new characters like?
- Miss Jenn (Kate Reinders) is East High's supremely spirited drama teacher.
- Gina (Sofia Wylie) is a transfer student with "plenty of secrets."
- E. J. (Matt Cornett) is Nini's new boyfriend from camp.
- Kourtney (Dara Reneé) is Nini's best friend who is "equally obsessed with makeup tutorials and feminism."
- Ashlyn (Julia Lester) is E. J.'s cousin and an aspiring songwriter.
- Carlos (Frankie A. Rodriguez) is the student choreographer.
- Big Red (Larry Saperstein) is Ricky's best friend and "can best be described as a spiritual descendant of Bill and Ted," whatever that means.
- Mr. Mazzara (Mark St. Cyr) is East High's stern S.T.E.M. teacher.
Even if you don't like it, there's gonna be a Season 2 anyway!
Disney+ confirmed the second season on Twitter already.