The newest students of High School Musical have been announced.
Disney has finally unveiled the full cast of its new original series, High School Musical: The Musical: The Series. It’s been almost 15 years since the original starring Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Tisdale aired.
Joining the previously announced Joshua Bassett (Stuck in the Middle) are Olivia Rodrigo (Bizaardvark), Kate Reinders (Modern Family), Sofia Wylie (Andi Mack), Matt Cornett (Bella and the Bulldogs), Dara Renee (Freaky Friday), Julia Lester (Mom), Frankie Rodriguez (Modern Family), Larry Saperstein (Fan Girl), and Mark St. Cyr (Doomsday).
According to E! Online the series about a group of students as they count down to the opening night of their school’s production of High School Musical will feature brand-new songs and acoustic reinterpretations of songs from the original.
“The challenge we handed the creative team was Herculean. How do you recapture the joy and the magic of the original High School Musical movie…and simultaneously reimagine it completely?” Gary Marsh, president and chief creative officer of Disney Channels Worldwide, said in a statement. “That’s like trying to solve a Rubik’s Cube blindfolded. And Tim and Oliver – and this amazingly talented and diverse cast and crew – have done exactly that!”
“We are truly excited about this extremely talented cast and the fresh and contemporary take on this globally beloved franchise,” Agnes Chu, senior vice president of content at Disney+, said in a statement. “From the music and dance, to the characters and hilarious meta references, there is something here for fans of the originals, as well as people who are new to East High. It’s going to be an unforgettable viewing experience for Disney+ subscribers.”
Production is underway in Salt Lake City, Utah.