Disney Phenomenon: High School Musical

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Emma Carroll writes, High School Musical is one of the entertainment phenomena of our generation.

High School Musical is one of the entertainment phenomena of our generation. High School Musical stars Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Corbin Bleu, Monique Coleman, Lucas Grabeel, and Ashley Tisdale have become some of the faces of Disney and some of the most recognizable stars of our generation today.The first High School Musical (HSM) was the story of an athletic boy, Troy (Efron), and a honor student girl, Gabriella (Hudgens), coming together through song in the winter musical despite peer pressure from their friends Chad (Bleu) and Taylor (Coleman). The couple must outsmart Sharpay (Tisdale), the popular girl, and her sidekick brother, Ryan (Grabeel), who are trying to stop them from auditioning for the lead roles in the musical. In the end, Troy and Gabriella succeed and get the lead parts, and the whole high school comes together after Troy’s basketball team wins the championship and Gabriella’s decathalon team also wins.In the sequel, the whole of East High School, where Troy, Gabriella, and the gang attend, gets summer jobs at Sharpay’s father’s country club. Sharpay sees the jobs as an excellent way to turn Troy’s friends against him and break him up with Gabriella. She succeeds, and uses Troy as a partner in the upcoming country club talent show. But her brother tricks Sharpay and in the end, Troy and Gabriella are reunited through song and dance.HSM soundtracks and DVDs have flown off store shelves. A special edition of the first movie’s soundtrack features a gold cover and a poster inside, along with tons of other special things you won’t find in the normal edition. You can get the normal HSM2 DVD, or you can purchase the extended edition. A live theatre show was made after the release of HSM, a concert featuring the stars, except Efron, toured the nation, and a HSM ice skating show was also formed. Songs from both movies are frequently featured on Radio Disney (Channel 115 on XM Radio).HSM jewelery, bags, clothing, posters, bedding, and other movie-inspired items are available everywhere. Their are High School Musical board games. HSM games for Wii and DS are sold. Gabriella, Troy, Sharpay, and Evan are now Barbie dolls. Teen magazines such as Pop Star, J-14, M, and Quiz Fest are plastered with the stars’ faces and filled with articles.Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, and Corbin Bleu have all made their own albums. Tracks made by Lucas Grabeel play on Radio Disney. Corbin Bleu recorded a track for the upcoming Disney Channel Original Movie Minutemen starring Jason Dolley of Cory in the House. A music video to go along with the track also shows on Disney Channel during breaks in shows.Ashley Tisdale was famous on Disney before HSM, playing Maddie on The Suite Life of Zack and Cody. Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, and Monique Coleman have all guest starred on the same show.The actors of HSM have burst in to fame. Efron and Hudgens are dating in real life, and were featued on the cover of People magazine. Teen magazines have dubbed them “Zanessa”, similar to “Brangelina” (Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie), by combining their first names.Disney has created a worldwide sensation from these two movies. The cast says they don’t know how High School Musical became such a phenomenon but they’re glad it did. So the next time you’re bored, flip through a teen magazine and you might be surprised by the amount of HSM hoopla.>

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