"High School Musical 2" airs on Aug. 17. Full announcement after the jump ...
"High School Musical 2," the sequel to the Emmy Award-winning Disney Channel Original Movie for kids, tweens and families, will premiere FRIDAY, AUGUST 17 (8:00 p.m., ET/PT) in a weekend of programming events hosted by the cast on Disney Channel U.S. The movie goes global on Disney Channels around in the world beginning in September. The announcement was made today by Gary Marsh, President, Entertainment, Disney Channel Worldwide.
Beginning May 4, an interactive online game enables users to gradually unlock the "High School Musical 2" poster at DisneyChannel.com/HighSchoolMusical2. On May 18, the full poster will be available for printing.
For the new movie, Marsh reassembled the entire creative team that made "High School Musical" a worldwide sensation. Emmy Award-winning Kenny Ortega returns to direct and, along with fellow Emmy Award-winning choreographers Charles Klapow and Bonnie Story, has created ground-breaking production numbers for the sequel. The story and screenplay was written by former rock music journalist Peter Barsocchini based on the characters he created for the original movie. A Humanitas Prize finalist, Barsocchini wrote the original movie and its sequel with his tween daughter in mind and drew inspiration for the characters and the storyline from his own childhood.
The world-class songwriters who wrote anthemic songs (spanning pop, rock, hip hop, swing and a flashy Hawaiian/Polynesian number) for the sequel are: Matthew Gerrard, Robbie Nevil, Jamie Houston, Tim James, Antonina Armato, Randy Petersen, Kevin Quinn, David Lawrence and Faye Greenberg. Lawrence also composed the score for the movie.
Reprising their singing and dancing roles are bona fide superstars in the kid and tween universe: Zac Efron as star athlete Troy Bolton, Vanessa Hudgens as brainy transfer student Gabriella Montez, Ashley Tisdale as drama club diva Sharpay Evans, Lucas Grabeel as drama club idol Ryan Evans, Corbin Bleu as teammate and best friend Chad Danforth and Monique Coleman as academic decathlete Taylor McKessie. Also returning are Alyson Reed ("A Chorus Line") as Ms. Darbus, Chris Warren, Jr. as Zeke, Olesya Rulin as Kelsi, KayCee Stroh as Martha, Ryne Sanborn as Jason and Bart Johnson as Coach Bolton. Mark Taylor (Disney Channel's "Eddie's Million Dollar Cook-Off") joins the cast as the country club manager, Mr. Fulton.
In the sequel, school's out for summer, and the East High Wildcats are ready to kick back and make it the time of their lives. If they can land decent summer jobs, all will be right with the world. Troy Bolton can barely believe his luck when he's offered a job at Albuquerque's posh country club, Lava Springs. What he doesn't know is that his newfound employment is part of club queen Sharpay's plot to lure him away from Gabriella. But that plan begins to unravel when Troy, unbeknownst to Sharpay, lands a lifeguard position at the club for Gabriella, as well as jobs for Chad, Taylor, Zeke, Martha, Kelsi, Jason and the rest of his Wildcat pals.
When she learns Kelsi has written what's sure to be a winning duet for Troy and Gabriella to perform at the club's annual Midsummer Night's Talent Show, an incensed Sharpay begins an all-out campaign to ensure these newcomers will not upstage her – forcing her to relive her humiliation over the school's winter musical.
Thus begins a duel of wits between the determined Sharpay, who seeks to always get what she wants, and Troy, who begins to experience a world of privilege he's never known. What will he be willing to sacrifice for the sake of his future? All questions are answered, musically, of course, on the night of the club's Talent Show.
Emmy Award winners Bill Borden and Barry Rosenbush ("High School Musical") are the executive producers. Emmy Award-winning Don Schain ("High School Musical") is the producer. Filmed on location in Salt Lake City and St. George, Utah, "High School Musical 2" is from First Street Films and Salty Pictures.