'High School Musical'
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High School Musical is an American teen TV movie, written by Peter Barsocchini and directed by Kenny Ortega, that premiered on Disney Channel in 2006. It’s the first installment of the High School Musical franchise.

High School Musical follows the story of basketball captain Troy Bolton (Zac Efron) and shy, transfer student Gabriella Montez (Vanessa Hudgens) as they navigate high school life in drastically different social circles. They are brought together as the leads in their high school musical despite other students attempting to stand in their way.

Because of the original film’s popularity, two sequels. High School Musical 2 and High School Musical 3: Senior Year, were released in 2007 and 2008, respectively. A spinoff TV movie called Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure came out in 2011.

In November 2019, a series titled High School Musical: The Musical: The Series premiered on Disney Channel starring Olivia Rodrigo, Joshua Bassett, and Matt Cornett.


  • Genres: Teen musical, romance, drama, comedy
  • Premiere Date: Jan. 20, 2006
  • Movies: High School Musical, High School Musical 2, High School Musical 3: Senior Year
  • Stars: Zac Efron as Troy Bolton, Gabriella Montez as Vanessa Hudgens, Corbin Bleu as Chad Danforth, Lucas Grabeel as Ryan Evans, Ashley Tisdale as Sharpay Evans.
  • Where to Watch: Disney+

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