As the saying goes, we're all in this together! Especially when it comes to spinoffs of High School Musical, Disney's Emmy Award-winning musical about Troy Bolton and Gabriella Montez's love story. In true East High fashion, the Disney Channel Original Movie that catapulted Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, and Lucas Grabeel into fame spawned many adaptations. And while most fans have all the words to HSM 2 and HSM 3: Senior Year committed to memory, there's still a lot not every Wildcat fan knows.
Like did you know that Kenny Ortega's hit film generated spinoffs in other languages? China made its own adaptation of the franchise and there were several movies developed specifically for Latin American countries. Songs from the musical franchise have been translated in Hindi, Taiwanese Hakka, Spanish, and more! That's right — HSM was so popular, it went international!
Want to know more about High School Musical's lesser-known spinoffs? Keep reading to find out more in preparation for High School Musical 4 and the HSM TV show!
High School Musical: Get in the Picture
In 2008, Nick Lachey hosted High School Musical: Get in the Picture, a reality TV competition spinoff that hosted nationwide casting sessions. Finalists took part in a "summer musical program" to focus on their singing, dancing, and acting skills. The winner, Stan Carrizos, was awarded a recording contract with Disney and a music video to an original song to be shown during the credits of HSM 3: Senior Year. Finalists who didn't win also got to appear as members of the chorus in the third film.
Stan still makes music today and uses YouTube and Twitter to promote his work.
High School Musical O Desafío
Made especially for the Brazilian market, the spinoff began filming in 2009. Unlike its Latin American counterparts, the Brazilian movie had its own original script with a new plot line. While the main characters Troy, Gabriella, Ryan, Sharpay, Chad, Taylor, and Kelsie are still there, it was filmed in Rio de Janeiro. It also contained unique choreography.