Like, when does the show come out? Where will we be able to watch it? Who’s starring in it? Will any of the OG stars make an appearance? And will it follow the original story line? Ugh, there’s seriously so much we want to know! But thankfully, Disney has shared a ton of details on the new series, and boy, does it sound like it’s going to be good! We know it’s a lot to take in, which is why we went ahead and rounded up everything you need to know about the new show.
Scroll through the gallery to uncover all the deets on High School Musical: The Musical: The Series.
Like us, you’re probably dying to know when you can watch the series for yourself. Well, good news, you guys! It’s actually available to stream now! It came out on November 12, 2019 — so let the binging begin!
And just wait until you hear who’s starring in the series. Sofia Wyliefrom Andi Mack will play Gina, a dedicated theater kid who will do anything to edge out the other kids. She’s ambitious, entitled and annoyed with the drama teacher for casting her as the understudy in the school musical. Yikes!
“Gina is very mischievous. She knows what she wants, she’s vicious, she is a fashionista to the max and she’s just very cutthroat. From the second that you see her come on screen, you know that this girl could eat you alive,” the actress told Pop Sugar of her character. “The best thing about Gina is she has so many more layers than she may come across as. She’s not just the stereotypical mean girl who is one way and nothing else. There’s always a reason behind the way people are, in my opinion, and we really get to see that for Gina. We really get to see who she is, what makes her this way, why, and that’s going to be really fun for the audience to unravel Gina’s story throughout this.”
Is it going to follow the same plot as the movies?
Before you freak out about how the series will never be as good as the movies, you should know that the story is going to be completely reimagined. That’s right! Instead of remaking the movies, the show will follow a whole new group of East High students as they prepare for their school’s production of — wait for it — High School Musical. It takes place 15 years after the original movies, and honestly, the idea is kind of brilliant if you ask us.
“It’s really it’s own thing and we’ve created our own universe, that exists independently from High School but still pays its respect,” Joshua has said.
The show’s creator, Tim Federle, explained, “We poke fun at the original franchise, but we never really make fun of it. We love High School Musical, and we think there’s a new way to celebrate it with these new characters.”
Don’t worry, people. There will be a combination of both new and old songs to keep everyone happy. Sure, the old songs are not going to be the same as when the original cast performed them, but LBR, OG fans of the flicks would never say no to a performance of “We’re All in This Together,” right?
“Basically, [there will be] one song per episode, in 10 episodes. So basically you’re gonna get a cover album of the original movie, with these original interpretations of the songs, along with brand new songs every episode,” Tim explained. “And they’re really good! I’m so proud of the original music. Steve Vincent, who runs music over at Disney, worked so hard to engage these amazing composers who brought it to life. I hope we get a few new classics out of it.”
The network even uploaded a sneak peek of the show on November 8, 2019, which showed Olivia singing “Start of Something New!”
Olivia revealed, “The way that we’re going about it is so respectful of the original movies while still putting our own, new fresh twist on it. So it’s new characters, new plots and new music actually.”
“A lot of people think that High School Musical: The Musical: The Series is just a series version of the High School Musical movie, and that couldn’t be farther from the truth. The show is so different, but of course, we pay our respects to the original movies, and there are going to be songs from the original movies that are reimagined within the series,” Sofia also told Pop Sugar. “A lot of the original High School Musical fans are going to love it because of those elements. [There are a lot of references] that we make to the original movies, but the actual show itself is shot so differently, it’s docu-style. It gives me a lot of Glee and The Office vibes. There are original songs and numbers, and the characters are so different too.”
“Each character, you really get to see them shine through. It’s truly an ensemble cast, which I love because everyone will have their character that they associate with and that’s their favorite,” she continued. “It’s just such a good cast, such a good story, and it’s very meta too. It’s such a cool concept to shoot a show about a musical that was about a movie, that was also about a musical! It’s very, very inverted and crazy, but I think people are going to love it so much.”
Will the original ‘High School Musical’ cast be a part of it?
Well, Zac Efron he said he would “absolutely” make a cameo!
“Absolutely, 100 percent. I don’t see why not,” the actor told Extra TV. “I’m not, like, committing to it — I didn’t know there was [a new series], but that’s awesome.”
But don’t expect to seeVanessa in the series. When Seventeen Magazine asked her if she’d be down to make an appearance, she said, “Probably not. Girl ain’t in high school anymore. I feel like the whole heart of High School Musical are the students, so I’ll let them be the heart.”
“A HSM reboot? Trust me, like you I was very nervous… However, upon watching an episode and meeting this talented and dedicated cast I’m certain you will all love it!” he wrote on Instagram, alongside a snap of him with the new cast. “They’ve truly created something different and unique while still paying great respect to the original. It’s actually quite brilliant! This cast is the real deal. For me, one of the best aspects of High School Musical was that it gave kids from all over the world the courage to explore the arts. I’m so excited that HSM will continue to introduce musical theatre to a new generation! What team?!”
Get this — Tim confirmed in a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight that there will indeed be “a cameo from an original cast member.”
“I was always thinking about the original fans, whose childhood I promise I’m not trying to ruin,” he said. “Every episode should contain Easter eggs and callbacks and references to the original, whether it be with a wink to a prop that pops up on screen or a cameo from an original cast member — which I can confirm happens, I just can’t say who or when!”
After doing some investigating, we noticed that Lucas Grabeel is listed on the show’s soundtrack, so it’s believed that he’s going to make an appearance in the new series! The actor, who played Ryan Evans in the OG movie, is set to sing a song called “Role of a Lifetime.”
Was it filmed on the same set as the original movie?
Prepare to get emotional, people, because the new series was filmed at the same high school the OG movies were filmed in! Yep, it’s called East High School and it’s located in Salt Lake City, Utah. So although fans probably won’t be seeing any of the original characters in the new show, it will definitely be revisiting iconic spots like the auditorium, the basketball court and the cafeteria.
If you thought that was exciting, just wait until you hear who had a major role in the filming of the series! Yep, we’re talking about Hannah Montana star Jason Earles! It turns out, he was an acting coach and mentor to the cast of the new HSM show — how epic is that?!
“Spent six months in Salt Lake working with this amazing group, as an acting coach and mentor of sorts. By the end, we were all just family. It was humbling to watch these insanely gifted people work to constantly be better, and never settle,” he shared on Instagram. “I am so proud of how the show turned out. Heartfelt and funny, it’s totally original but respectful of its history, and filled with amazing new music. So happy the world can finally watch these guys on Disney+ and see what I see… the next generation of Disney Stars. Congrats! Love all you guys! Can’t wait for Season 2.”
And if all this wasn’t exciting enough, Variety reported that the new show has already been renewed for a second season — despite not even being out yet!
“We are incredibly excited to bring the next chapter of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series to Disney+. [Producer] Tim [Federle] and this talented cast have delivered a first season that is uplifting, funny, touching and relatable across generations. We are confident that the world, like us, will want much more of these characters, incredible songs and moments of joy,” Ricky Strauss, president of content and marketing at Disney Plus, told the outlet.
This is the best news ever! But what will the second season be about? Tim explained that it will follow the same characters as they put on a different play!
“It’s going to be a different musical,” he told TVLine. “We’re circling a title right now that I’m really excited about. It’s definitely outside of the Troy and Gabriella world. At the end of the day, it’s going for something that’ll be escapist for people.”