In January 2006, Disney released High School Musical 1 and it ended up proving to be their most popular and successful movie ever made.
It was the most watched film that year, and in December of 2006 it became the first Disney Channel Original Movie to be broadcast on BBC. More then 225 million viewers have watched this smash hit globally. High School Musical is also the first Disney Channel Original Movie to have made a sequel. In fact I have just seen High School Musical 3 and there is talk of a forth musical in the works.
The High School Musical soundtracks have been equally successful, with the first one becoming the top selling album in the US for 2006.
The movies was shot mostly at East High School in Salt Lake City, but the auditorium scenes were shot at Murray High School down town.
High School Musical is like a modern day Romeo and Juliet about two high school juniors from rival groups who fall in love. Personally, it reminds me more of Grease. Troy Bolton who is played by Zac Efron and Gabriella Montez, played by Vanessa Hudgens, are a well suited pair of leads. Troy is the captain of the basketball team, and Gabriella is an exchange student who is rather nerdy and excels in science and math. They try out together for a part in the high school musical, and the results of this divide the school. Despite all the hiccups, Troy and Gabriella resist the peer pressure and inspire others along the way not to 'stick to the status quo.'
Sharpay Evans who is played by Ashley Tisdale, is the high school diva, and she and her brother, Ryan try everything to sabotage the friendship between Troy and Gabriella and get themselves the leads in the school play.
There are a lot of characters in High School Musical, which allows for many actors to shine. Here is a list of the main characters.
Troy Bolton who is the most popular boy at East High School and the captain of the basket ball team. Gabriella Montez is a brain on the scholastic decathlon team. Sharpay Evans is a drama queen and only interested in being the star of the show. Sharpay has a side kick in the form of her camp brother, Ryan Evans. Chad Danforth is Troy's best friend, and plays a major role in the musical. Taylor Mckessie is Gabriella's best friend. She is also the captain of the scholastic decathlon team. Jack Bolton is Troy's father and also the coach of the basketball team. Ms. Darbus is the drama teacher. Kelsi Nielsen is the musical genius and composer of the musical. Zeke Baylor is one of Troy's and Chad's friends and is also on the team. He admits to enjoying baking. Jason Cross is another friend of Troy and Chad and plays for the same team. He is not the brightest student in class.
High School Musical received positive reviews from critics and movie goers. The album debuted at number 133 on the Billboard 200 and sold 7 469 copies in the first week of its release. By the third week it climbed to number 10 and as since been number one on the Billboard 200 twice. By August of 2006 more than three million copies had been sold, and it was rated quadruple platinum.
In August 2007, High School Musical 2 was also a smash hit. The third musical was entitled Senior Year and was released in October 2008. East Meets West which is the forth one in the series is said to be in the making. As Troy and Gabriella have moved on to college, their characters are not included in High School Musical 4.