Bleu in April 2012
Corbin Bleu Reivers
February 21, 1989
Brooklyn, New York City
|Relatives||Joseph Callari (great-uncle)|
Corbin Bleu Reivers (//; born February 21, 1989), known professionally as Corbin Bleu, is an American actor, model, dancer, film producer and singer-songwriter. He performed in the High School Musical film series (2006–2008). Songs from the films also charted worldwide, with the song "I Don't Dance" peaking inside the Top 70 of the Billboard Hot 100. During this time, he also starred in the Disney Channel Original Movie Jump In! (2007). His first lead role was in the film Catch That Kid (2004). He has since appeared in the Discovery Kids drama series Flight 29 Down (2005–2007), as well as the film To Write Love on Her Arms (2015). He competed in the 17th season of Dancing with the Stars, partnered with professional dancer Karina Smirnoff.
He has also pursued a music career, and released his debut album Another Side on May 1, 2007, which included the single "Push It to the Limit". The album debuted at number thirty-six on the U.S. Billboard 200, selling 18,000 copies in its first week. Bleu released his second album, Speed of Light, on March 10, 2009. He returned to television, starring in the short-lived Ashton Kutcher–produced CW series, The Beautiful Life: TBL (2009), and the movie Free Style (2009). He has appeared in the films The Little Engine That Could (2011), Scary or Die (2012), Nurse 3D (2013), Sugar (2013), The Monkey's Paw (2013), and Walk. Ride. Rodeo. (2019).
In 2010, Bleu played Usnavi in the Broadway company of In the Heights. In 2012, he returned to Broadway in the revival of Godspell. In 2013, he was cast as Jeffrey King in the short-lived online revival of the daytime soap One Life to Live. In 2016, Bleu played Ted Hanover in the Broadway company of Holiday Inn, the New Irving Berlin Musical. He subsequently signed a recording contract with Ghostlight Records,[A] to distribute his Holiday Inn soundtrack music, released in 2017. In 2019, he returned to played Bill Calhoun/Lucentio in the Broadway company of Kiss Me, Kate. He subsequently signed a recording contract with Ghostlight Records, to distribute his Kiss Me, Kate soundtrack music, released on June 7, 2019.
Early life and education
Bleu was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Martha (née Callari) and David Reivers (born 1958), an actor. His mother is Italian American and his father is Jamaican American. He has three younger sisters: Jag, Phoenix, and Hunter. As a child, Bleu studied dance for several years, focusing on ballet and jazz. His great-uncle is actor Joseph Callari.
Bleu appeared in television commercials starting at the age of two, for products such as Life cereal, Bounty, Hasbro, and Nabisco. He began taking jazz and ballet classes, usually being the only boy in the class. By the age of four he was a model with the Ford Modeling Agency in New York. He appeared in print ads for stores such as Macy's, Gap, Target, and Toys R Us, and appeared in fashion spreads in Child, Parents, and American Baby magazines, as well as having his image on toys and game packaging.
At age six, Corbin appeared in his first professional theater production off Broadway, at The Town Hall. This three-concert series, created, written, and hosted by Scott Siegel, took place over one weekend and included a tribute to David Merrick. Corbin Bleu played an abandoned homeless mute in the play Tiny Tim is Dead.
Bleu graduated from Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. He trained in dancing at the Debbie Allen Dance Academy, and attended the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in New York as a theater major, following in his mother's footsteps. Bleu graduated from high school in 2007 and was admitted to Stanford University, but declined to matriculate because of scheduling commitments.
1996–2005: Early career
Bleu moved with his family from New York to Los Angeles in 1996. He worked steadily in episodic television and feature film roles, including a recurring role on the short-lived ABC police drama High Incident and a guest star appearance on ER. He also appeared in some films, like Beach Movie (1998),[B] and the sci-fi thriller Soldier (1998). His feature films from this period include the Tim Allen comedy Galaxy Quest (1999), and the comedy Mystery Men (1999), which starred Ben Stiller, and the drama Family Tree (1999), alongside Andrew Lawrence and Matthew Lawrence. Bleu also had roles in Malcolm & Eddie, as Matthew, and Cover Me: Based on the True Life of an FBI Family (2000), as Nick Elderby[C] and smaller roles like in the comedy series Nickelodeon's show The Amanda Show.
Additionally, Bleu was developing his dance skills and in 2001 began intensive training at the Debbie Allen Dance Academy in the Los Angeles area. There he undertook a full gamut of dance instruction, including ballet, jazz, tap, modern, hip-hop, African, break dance, salsa, flamenco, and ballroom. Allen, the famous choreographer who starred in the TV series Fame, told Dance Spirit magazine, "I think [Bleu] really has a career. Success is one thing, but a career is a much longer, broader journey".
Bleu attended the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, a magnet school like the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, which was portrayed in the movie and television series Fame, and which Bleu's mother had attended. During his freshman year, he won his first sizable film role in the teen action caper Catch That Kid (2004),[D] about a girl and her friends who decide to rob a bank after learning that money is needed to aid her dying father, alongside Kristen Stewart and Max Thieriot. Although it was a box office flop, having only grossed $10 million, it served as an important step for Bleu, who was still building his acting career at the time. During high school, he performed in such student productions as Footloose and Grease, winning the honor of Theatre Student of the Year.
In the summer of 2004 Bleu landed a starring role in the television series Flight 29 Down, alongside Allen Alvarado, Hallee Hirsh, Lauren Storm, Jeremy James Kissner, Johnny Pacar and Kristy Wu, which aired for three seasons on the Discovery Kids network. The program, a juvenile version of the ABC series Lost, concerned a group of teenagers stranded on a tropical island after their plane crashes. Bleu played as Nathan McHugh, a Boy Scout whose leadership skills do not quite measure up to his self-confidence.
2006–2008: High School Musical and breakthrough
Although popular with its young audience, the success of Flight 29 Down pales in comparison to Bleu's next television project the Disney Channel original films High School Musical (2006). The youngest of the six lead actors who were catapulted to fame by the film, Bleu portrayed the basketball player Chad Danforth, who tries to persuade his teammate Troy Bolton (Zac Efron) to give up his interest in theater and focus on winning the basketball championship. High School Musical premiered on January 20, 2006; with an audience of 7.7 million television viewers, it was the Disney Channel's most successful TV movie up to that point. The film, which also starred Ashley Tisdale, Lucas Grabeel, Vanessa Hudgens, and Monique Coleman in pivotal roles, became a major success and helped Bleu gain recognition among teenage audiences. The film's soundtrack was certified quadruple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
He joined co-stars on the 51-date High School Musical: The Concert (2006–2007) tour to promote the film, work on the second film in the High School Musical series began, and Bleu was confirmed to be returning for the sequel. High School Musical 2 (2007) was released on August 17, 2007. The premiere was seen by a total of over 17.2 million viewers in the U.S., which is almost 10 million more than its predecessor, making it the highest-rated Disney Channel Movie of all time. Disney Channel aired a weekly program called Road to High School Musical 2, beginning on June 8, 2007, and leading up to the premiere of High School Musical 2 in August. The show offered viewers a behind-the-scenes look into the production of the movie. The world premiere of the opening number "What Time Is It" was on Radio Disney May 25, 2007, and similarly the song "I Don't Dance" premiered on August 14, 2007. The film was generally well received by critics, gaining a score of 77/100 at Metacritic, while it received a generally mixed response of 50% on Rotten Tomatoes. The film broke opening weekend records and grossed over $250 million worldwide. The soundtrack for the film, featuring numerous contributions from Bleu, went on to sell over three million copies in the United States alone. The song "I Don't Dance" (2007), a duet with Lucas Grabeel, became his first top forty hit on the Billboard Hot 100, and was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). It was named as the official theme song for the 2007 Little League World Series. During this time, Bleu began song on soundtracks for the Disney Channel, and released a cover of "Two Worlds" (2007) to promote Tarzan.
In 2007, Bleu starred in his next film, another Disney Channel original entitled Jump In! (2007),[E] which aired on January 12, 2007. Directed by Paul Hoen, the television movie revolved around a young boy named Izzy Daniels who trains regularly in order to try to follow in his fathers footsteps and win the Golden Glove, an amateur boxing tournament. While Bleu played the lead role of Daniels, Keke Palmer portrayed the role of Mary, his friend who has a crush on Daniels. Again, Disney scored a crossover hit with the Jump In! soundtrack album, was released in January 2007, on which Bleu sings the track, "Push It to the Limit" (2006). Reaching the screens on the Disney Channel that January, Jump In! was a major hit amongst young viewers and quickly became the highest rated premiere the network has ever since, breaking the previous record set by The Cheetah Girls 2 in 2006. Similar to High School Musical, its soundtrack was also a commercial hit, having achieved gold status from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) three months after its release. He appeared in a music video of a new Atlanta group Small Change's video, "Don't Be Shy" featuring Chani and Lil' JJ.
He guest starred as Johnny Collins in the premiere two episodes of Disney's Hannah Montana (2006–2008). He also had a small role as Spencer on Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide, appearing in the episodes entitled Guide to: The School Play and Guide to: Revenge & School Records. and Mother Goose Parade as Grand Marshal in 2006 and 2007. While with Disney Channel, Bleu also participated in the first ever Disney Channel Games and co-captained the blue team along with Jake T. Austin, Maiara Walsh, Cole Sprouse and Kiely Williams. A year before, he returned to repeat his captaincy of the blue team with Brenda Song, Vanessa Hudgens, Monique Coleman and Jason Earles. In August 2007, Bleu starred in Flight 29 Down: The Hotel Tango, an teen drama film version of the television series of the same name. Also in 2007, he is voice in The Secret of the Magic Gourd (2007), He appeared on The Tyra Banks Show in 2008.
Bleu went on to reprise his role of Chad Danforth in High School Musical 3: Senior Year (2008), the first film in the High School Musical franchise to receive a theatrical release. It opened at number one at the North American box office in October 2008, earning $42 million in its first weekend, which broke the record previously held by Mamma Mia! for the biggest opening by a musical. The film finished with $252 million worldwide, which exceeded Disney's expectations. The song "The Boys Are Back" (2008), a duet with Zac Efron, became his second top forty hit on the Billboard Hot 100, and was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). The phenomenon of High School Musical has changed Bleu's life, delivering him to the heights of media celebrity while still in his teens. For his role as Chad Danforth, the team captain of the school's basketball team, he was nominated for an NAACP Image Award and a Young Artist Award and Teen Choice Awards in 2007 and 2009 respectively. Bleu lent his voice for the role of Chad Danforth in High School Musical video games, a video game based on the three films. Bleu's 2008 commercial for Activision's Guitar Hero on Tour: Decades was deemed too sexy to dance.
2009–2014: Free Style and One Life to Live
The following year, Bleu played the lead role in the film called Free Style (2009). It concerns Cale Bryant, an eighteen-year-old man who tries to find himself by winning the Amateur National Motocross Championships. Free Style performed poorly in the box office, having only grossed $720,000 from a $10 million budget. Over the next few years, Bleu's television roles included the drama series The CW Television Network's show The Beautiful Life: TBL. The series was subsequently cancelled on September 25, 2009 after televising 2 episodes. In December 2009, the technology company HP became the show's sponsor and began airing the show's five episodes on YouTube. Also in 2009, he was a voice actor in Beyond All Boundaries, and appeared on Entertainment Tonight and The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet. Also in 2009, he was the voice of Coltrane in the premiere two episodes of Disney's Phineas and Ferb.
Corbin Bleu made his Broadway stage debut in 2010 as the lead character, bodega-owner Usnavi, in the critically acclaimed musical In the Heights. and guest starred in one episode of The Good Wife as DJ Javier Berlin in October 2010. in 2010, Corbin starred in the short comedy film I Owe My Life to Corbin Bleu, alongside Andrew Caldwell, Drake Bell, Sarah Hyland, Ryan Pinkston, Sterling Knight, Matt Prokop, Matt Shively and Josh Sussman. In 2011, he performed the voice Lou in The Little Engine That Could (2011). From August 5–7, Bleu performed in the musical Hairspray as Seaweed at the Hollywood Bowl, alongside Nick Jonas, Harvey Fierstein, Marissa Jaret Winokur, Drew Carey and Darlene Love. and he performed the voice Flip in Tonka Chuck and Friends: Big Air Dare.
In 2012, Bleu also had a role in and co-produced the indie horror anthology Scary or Die (2012), a collection of five short horror films. In 2012, he joined the cast of Godspell as Jesus beginning April 17 at the Circle in the Square Theatre.[F] He joined co-stars on the 66th Annual Tony Awards, to performing "Day by Day" and "Light of the World" at Beacon Theatre, with Neil Patrick Harris as the host. During this time, he recorded the duet "If I Never Knew You" (2012), with Anna Maria Perez de Tagle to promote Pocahontas. He guest starred in one episode of Blue Bloods as Officer Blake in 2012. In 2012, he performed the voice Drew in Twinkle Toes, Bleu starred in the drama film To Write Love on Her Arms (originally titled Renee[G]) in 2012, with Kat Dennings, Chad Michael Murray and Rupert Friend. The film began production in Orlando, Florida, in February 2011.
In March 2013, Bleu had a role in the horror film The Monkey's Paw (2013). and guest starred in one episode of Franklin & Bash as Jordan Allen French in 2013. In April 2013, Bleu was cast in the role of Jeffrey King on the ABC daytime soap opera One Life to Live. In 2013, Bleu starred in the film Sugar (2013), alongside Shenae Grimes and Marshall Allman. about a runaway girl living on the streets of Venice, Los Angeles. The film began production in Venice, Los Angeles, on November 30, 2010. Also in 2013, Bleu appeared in the horror films Nurse 3D (2013), alongside Paz de la Huerta and Katrina Bowden. The film began production in Toronto, on September 6, 2011 and wrapped on October 21, 2011. In 2014 he also appeared as a guest star in Psych, the USA Network television series in Season 8. He guest starred in one episode of Drop Dead Diva as Michael in 2014.
2015–present: Further success
Bleu's only release in 2015 was the moderately successful Megachurch Murder (2015), in which he played a Marcus King, with Tamala Jones, Shanica Knowles and Romeo Miller. In addition, Bleu appeared in Family Shots with The Human Race Theatre Company. In 2016, he also made a guest appearance in an episode of the family drama, The Fosters, playing the role of Mercutio, a character who appears in a school musical production of Romeo and Juliet. Bleu and fellow guest-star Ashley Argota also co-starred in a production of Romeo and Juliet: Love Is a Battlefield at Rockwell Table and Stage, produced by The Fosters co-creator Bradley Bredeweg. He also had a small role as Spencer on Castle in 2016. Bleu was considered as host for Fake Off.
In January 2016, he joined the cast of The Dodgers as Simon, the rational voice amid the habitually stoned chatter, and beginning January 21 at the Hudson Mainstage Theatre. In October 2016, he took part in Broadway productions notably the leading role in Holiday Inn, The New Irving Berlin Musical (originally titled Holiday Inn), a musical based on the 1942 Academy Award-winning film of the same name. Returning to his tap dancing roots was "like riding a bike". His former Disney co-stars attended a performance in October 2016. The Broadway alum and High School Musical favorite grabbed a camera as Broadway websites' newest vlogger, resulting in Bleu Skies: Backstage at Holiday Inn with Corbin Bleu. Bleu, who played Ted in the new Irving Berlin musical, gave a glimpse of backstage life at Studio 54, where he and his co-stars (including former vlogger Bryce Pinkham, Lora Lee Gayer, Megan Lawrence and Megan Sikora) celebrated an entire year's worth of special occasions eight times a week. Bleu Skies launched off on August 23 and ran every Tuesday for eight weeks. with Bleu being nominated for a Chita Rivera Awards for Dance and Choreography in 2017, for outstanding dancing in a Broadway show, and eventually winning a Chita Rivera Award for his performance.
While with ABC television, Bleu also participated in the revival of Battle of the Network Stars, joining the red team along with Joey Lawrence, Nolan Gould, Lisa Whelchel and Kim Fields, with Ronda Rousey as the captain. The series premiered on June 29, 2017. From July 28–30, Bleu performed in the musical Mamma Mia! as Sky at the Hollywood Bowl, alongside Dove Cameron, Lea DeLaria and Jennifer Nettles. The theatre premiered on July 28, 2017. Corbin Bleu's career also included voice over work with Breathe Bible. In December 2017, Corbin Bleu hosted the 2017 Looking Ahead Awards, presented by The Actors Fund.
In January 2018, he guest starred in one episode of The Middle as Luke, a handsome drummer that catches Brad's attention. In 2018 he also appeared as a guest star in Chicago Med, the NBC television series in Season 3, as Tommy Oliver. From June 27 – July 3, Bleu performed in the musical Singin' in the Rain as Don Lockwood at the St. Louis Municipal Opera Theatre,[H] a musical based on the 1952 BAFTA Film Awards-winning film of the same name. The theatre premiered on June 27, 2018. with Bleu being nominated for a St. Louis Theater Circle Awards in 2019, for Outstanding Actor in a Musical. Near the end of 2018, Bleu played Billy Crocker in Anything Goes, which will be seen in-the-round at Arena Stage in D.C. Washington from November 2 – December 23, 2018. with Bleu being nominated for a Helen Hayes Award in 2019, for Outstanding Actor in a Musical, and eventually winning a Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical.
In March 2019, he was cast in the Netflix drama film Walk. Ride. Rodeo. (2019),[I] alongside Missi Pyle, Spencer Locke and Bailey Chase, directed by Conor Allyn. He appeared on Show Offs in 2019. In 2019, Bleu played Bill Calhoun/Lucentio in the Broadway revival of Kiss Me, Kate at the Roundabout Theatre's Studio 54. The musical originally opened on Broadway in 1948 and five years later was the basis for a liberally adapted 1953 film of the same name. The production, directed by Scott Ellis, began previewing on February 14, 2019. The limited engagement is scheduled to continue through June 30 at Studio 54. For his performance, Bleu was nominated for the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical. Bleu was also nominated for a 2019 Chita Rivera Awards for Dance and Choreography, for Outstanding Male Dancer in a Broadway Show, and for an Audience Choice Awards for Favorite Featured Actor in a Musical. He was cast in a co-starring role in the Jordan Barker film Witches in the Woods (2019),[J][K] The project also stars Hannah Kasulka, and Sasha Clements. Bleu filmed an independent movie titled Ovid and the Art of Love. Filmed partially at the old St. Agnus Church in Michigan, the project also stars John Savage, Tamara Feldman and Tara Summers.
In 2020, he appeared on The Disney Family Singalong, which aired on ABC on April 16, 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. In May 2020, he also appeared as a guest star in Supergirl, the CBS television series in Season 5, as Trevor Crane. On June 30, 2020, Bleu joined in a live reading adaptation of Jason Reitman's Up in the Air to help raise funds for Acting for a Cause. The event's purpose was to help industry personnel impacted by COVID-19.
Bleu is working on an upcoming project, The Day I Died, about the consequences of bullying. Bleu will star as the conman Frank Abagnale, in a production of Catch Me If You Can at Arena Stage, which will run October 23 to December 13. The musical is based on the hit film of the same name, and is created by Terrence McNally, Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman. The musical will be directed by Arena Stage artistic director Molly Smith. Bleu will provide the voice of Cam Spinner,[L] in the 2021 Disney/Pixar television series Cars. It is based on the 2017 film Cars 3, and will be premiered on Disney+.
Dancing with the Stars
In the series, he partnered with professional dancer Karina Smirnoff. Bleu and Smirnoff were one of six couples still in the running to be crowned Dancing with the Stars, seventeenth-season champions. Bleu wrote in his People blog. "It's nice to be able to see the finish line, but it's also very motivating. We don't want to lose any moment. We really want to make sure we end strong".
Bleu danced a Viennese waltz to the Game of Thrones theme music — while dressed as the Dothraki, Khal Drogo. Bleu revealed during rehearsals that Game of Thrones was his very favorite show, and his passion came through in his performance. However, while the judges liked the intense, epic feeling of the dance, Len felt there was not enough technical substance in the routine 23 Score. Bleu noted the jazz dance should be "pretty sick" and had hints of Michael Jackson in it. Bleu also revealed it featured a little "tap section" at the end, and because Smirnoff had never tapped before, he was thrilled to be able to teach her something for once.
On October 18, 2013, appeared with his professional dancer Karina Smirnoff on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, to give a fiery performance, and after taking a turn in the splash tank, he then performed a Cha-cha-cha, Foxtrot or Contemporary routine, vying for America's vote for the first time. The partners scored high with the judges, earning a 27/30, making them the first safe couple of the night. Keyshawn Johnson and Sharna Burgess, however, were the first to be eliminated during the week, leaving 11 couples in the ballroom. Bleu and Smirnoff also won the week's "Dance-Off Challenge" and therefore received three bonus points. Corbin and his partner made it to the finals, but became the runners-up behind Amber Riley.
In November 2017, Bleu returned to 25th season of the show and in Week 8, he performed in a trio Salsa with Jordan Fisher and his professional partner Lindsay Arnold. After the trio delivered their Salsa to audiences, they ended with a score of 30 from the judges, Bruno Tonioli said that this was "one of the best dances in the show's history".
|Week #||Dance/song||Judges' score||Result|
|1||Contemporary / "If I Lose Myself"||8||8||8||No Elimination|
|2||Jive / "Kiss You"||9||8||9||Safe|
|3||Quickstep / "Diga Diga Doo"||9||8||9||Safe|
|4||Paso Doble / "Zorongo"||9||9*||9||Safe|
|5||Foxtrot / "My Wish"||9||9||10||Safe|
|6||Viennese Waltz / "Theme from Game of Thrones"
Switch-Up Challenge / Various
|7||Cha-cha-cha / "Pumpin Blood"
Team Freestyle / "The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?)"
|8||Argentine Tango / "Welcome to Burlesque"
Cha-cha-cha Dance-Off / "Woman's World"
|9||Waltz / "Apologize"
Jazz (Trio Challenge)* / "Yeah!"
|10||Tango / "My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)"
Rumba / "My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)" (acoustic version)
|11||Quickstep / "Diga Diga Doo"
Samba Relay / "No Scrubs"
Freestyle / "Smooth Criminal"
Cha-cha-cha & Foxtrot / "All Night"
|1In week four, score was given by Julianne Hough.|
2In week eight, score was given by Cher.
3The dancer Bleu and Smirnoff chose for the Trio Challenge was Witney Carson.
4Additional score for Week 10 was awarded by guest judge Maksim Chmerkovskiy.
|Week #||Dance/song||Judges' score||Result|
|8||Trio Salsa / "Que Viva La Vida"||10||10||10||Safe|
|1In week eight, Bleu joined Jordan Fisher and Lindsay Arnold, to participate in a trio Salsa.|
2006–2008: Another Side and High School Musical
Bleu's first professionally recorded song was titled "Circles" or "Circles in My Mind" for his then TV show, Flight 29 Down. Bleu signed a contract with Hollywood Records, a Disney-owned label.[M] His debut album Another Side, was released in May 2007. The album debuted at No. 36 on the Billboard 200 album charts, selling 18,000 in its first week. Bleu, who admires Prince, Michael Jackson, and Justin Timberlake, cowrote five songs on the album. One of those tracks was titled "Shake It Off", an ode to the musician Prince. In 2007 he toured in support of Another Side with the teen sister duo Aly & AJ.
Blue worked with Ne-Yo on "I Get Lonely," and with other performers such as Matthew Gerrard and Eric Hudson. A music video for his first single, "Push It to the Limit" premiered on the Disney Channel, and was used to promote the movie Jump In! "Push It to the Limit" reached the Top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100, and his second single, "Deal With It",[N] was originally written and sung by Jay Sean. He later gave it to Bleu, whose version of the song features background vocals by Sean. The song went on to earn Sean a BMI Songwriter Award. Bleu sang the duet "Still There for Me" with Vanessa Hudgens for his debut album Another Side.
Bleu toured with fellow High School Musical cast members from late November 2006 to late January 2007 in High School Musical: The Concert, and with Drake Bell and Aly & AJ performing in about 40 different cities. To promote his debut album, Bleu performed at the Nextfest Summer Tour with the teen sister duo Aly & AJ and Drake Bell with Special Guest Bianca Ryan.
His debut single "Run It Back Again" was featured in the movie Minutemen, on January 22, 2008. The song is also featured on Radio Disney Jams, Vol. 10. Bleu performed at the Crawford County Fair Grandstand with Vanessa Hudgens, on August 18, 2008. A week later, on August 25, Bleu performed at the Michigan State Fair with Raven-Symoné.
2009–present: Speed of Light and Holiday Inn
He had begun working on his follow-up album. There will be a lot of differences with the second album. First of all, it's just more personal. I'm involved in every aspect of the writing. As far as the direction of the music, it's very different. I wanted this album to have something that was a little bit of rock, a little bit of R&B and a little bit of pop.
The album's first single, "Moments That Matter", was performed by Bleu at Kids' Inaugural: "We Are the Future". It was released as a teaser from the music video. The song has been featured in Bleu's movie Free Style, alongside release of a music video for the song.
The album failed to debut on Billboard Top 200 album charts. Producer Eric Hudson was attached to the project, along with songwriter/lyricist Claude Kelly. Bleu performed the planned tracks "Close", "Whatever It Takes", and "Champion" on a summer concert tour with singer/actor Justin Stein. According to media sources, the album sold less than 4,000 in its first week, despite promotion from Myspace. The album spawned the single "Celebrate You" that was released in January 2009. Bleu performed that song at Disneyland as part of the 25th anniversary of the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade. The song is the official song for the "Year of Celebration" at the Disneyland Resort and the "What Will You Celebrate?" campaign at the Walt Disney World.
In 2009, Bleu sang the duet "If We Were a Movie" with Miley Cyrus for the Hannah Montana 3 soundtrack album. Bleu performed Michael Jackson's song, "Human Nature" during a July 14, 2009 concert on the Disney Wonder cruise ship.
In 2017, Bleu signed a one-album recording contract with Ghostlight Records to distribute his Holiday Inn, The New Irving Berlin Musical soundtrack music, was released digitally on June 2, 2017. The album featured twenty-one songs, and was produced by Kurt Deutsch with Todd Whitelock serving as coproducer and Universal Stage Productions as executive producer.
Bleu released his a two-album recording contract with Ghostlight Records to distribute his Kiss Me, Kate soundtrack music, the 24th cast album recording for Roundabout Theatre Company, since launching the musical theatre program with She Loves Me in 1993. The album featured eighteen songs. produced by Kurt Deutsch and Lawrence Manchester, was released digitally on June 7, 2019.
Voice and musical ability
In an interview with Paul Wontorek, Bleu discussed that he is naturally a Lyric Baritone. His trained voice has been described as being "decent and pleasant which fits well into both pop and R&B". As a musical theatre performer, Bleu claimed that he is a huge fan of Brian d'Arcy James and says that he gets vocal influences from him. Due to his dancing, songwriting, and dance-influenced sound, Corbin Bleu has earned comparisons to Justin Timberlake.
Bleu has been a supporter of Do Something, hosting the sixth annual Do Something Awards in 2009. On March 16, 2010, Bleu is added to the "Broadway Wall of Fame" as his portrait was unveiled at Tony's Di Napoli Restaurant in New York City.
In 2011, Bleu began dating actress Sasha Clements, whom he had first met in a Toronto grocery store. On October 15, 2014, he proposed to Clements in front of Cinderella's Castle at Orlando's Disney World with an engagement ring placed inside a glass slipper. They later appeared on TLC reality series Say Yes to the Dress, which documented Clement's search for a wedding gown. They married in the presence of 160 guests at Hummingbird Nest in Santa Susana, California on July 23, 2016.
Bleu has supported various charitable organizations and causes during his career. In December 2005, Bleu served Thanksgiving dinner and Christmas Eve lunch at a Los Angeles homeless shelter with Jennifer Love Hewitt.
In 2011, Bleu as a frequent volunteer worker, worked for charities such as Starlight Children's Foundation, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and served Thanksgiving dinner and Christmas Eve lunch at a Los Angeles homeless shelter with Debby Ryan in 2008. In May 2011, Bleu also attended the Do Something Awards kick-off event. He teamed up with Aimee Teegarden, Kevin Jonas and JoJo during the event to honor the thirteen nominees for the Do Something Award that gave $100,000 in recognition of their outstanding activism.
|Soldier||1998||Johnny||Paul W. S. Anderson|||
|Beach Movie||1998||Kid||John Quinn|||
|Family Tree||1999||Ricky||Duane Clark|||
|Mystery Men||1999||Butch||Kinka Usher|||
|Galaxy Quest||1999||Young Tommy||Dean Parisot|||
|Catch That Kid||2004||Austin||Bart Freundlich||[O]|
|The Secret of the Magic Gourd||2007||Magic Gourd (voice)||John Chu
|High School Musical 3: Senior Year||2008||Chad Danforth||Kenny Ortega|||
|Free Style||2009||Cale Bryant||William Dear||Filmed in 2008, released in 2009||[P]|
|Beyond All Boundaries||2009||Eddie W. Robinson (voice)
Sgt. Dan Levin (voice)
|I Owe My Life to Corbin Bleu||2010||Himself||Deb Hagan||Short film|||
|The Little Engine That Could||2011||Lou (voice)||Elliot M. Bour|||
|Tonka Chuck and Friends: Big Air Dare||2011||Flip (voice)||Fab Filippo|||
|Twinkle Toes||2012||Drew (voice)||Mauro Casalese
|Scary or Die||2012||Emmett||Bob Badway
|Nurse 3D||2013||Steve||Doug Aarniokoski||Filmed in 2011, released in 2013||[Q]|
|Sugar||2013||Sketch||Rotimi Rainwater||Filmed in 2010, released in 2013||[R]|
|The Monkey's Paw||2013||Catfish||Brett Simmons|||
|To Write Love on Her Arms||2015||Mackey||Nathan Frankowski||Filmed in 2011, released in 2015||[S]|
|Megachurch Murder||2015||Marcus King||Darin Scott|||
|Walk. Ride. Rodeo.||2019||Diego||Conor Allyn||[T]|
|Witches in the Woods||2019||Philip||Jordan Barker||Filmed in 2018, released in 2019|||
|Ovid and the Art of Love||2019||Ovid||Esmé von Hoffman||Filmed in 2015, released in 2019||[U]|
|High School Musical||2006||Chad Danforth|||
|Jump In!||2007||Isadore "Izzy" Daniels|||
|High School Musical 2||2007||Chad Danforth|||
|Mother Goose Parade||2007||Grand Marshal|||
|Flight 29 Down: The Hotel Tango||2007||Nathan McHugh|||
|Denotes series that have not yet been released|
|High Incident||1996||N/A||Recurring role|
|ER||1996||Little boy||1 episode|
|Malcolm & Eddie||1998||Matthew||Episode: "Menace II Theology"|
|Cover Me: Based on the True Life of an FBI Family||2000||Nick Elderby||1 episode|
|The Amanda Show||2001–2002||Russel Carter||2 episodes|
|Flight 29 Down||2005–2007||Nathan McHugh||Main cast|
|Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide||2006–2007||Spencer||2 episodes|
|Hannah Montana||2006–2008||Johnny Collins||2 episodes|
|Phineas and Ferb||2009||Coltrane (voice)||2 episodes|
|The Beautiful Life: TBL||2009||Isaac||Main cast|
|The Good Wife||2010||Jay Hawke/ DJ Javier Berlin||Episode: "Cleaning House"|
|Blue Bloods||2012||Officer Blake||1 episode|
|Franklin & Bash||2013||Jordan Allen French||Episode: "Dead and Alive"|
|One Life to Live||2013||Jeffrey King||Contract role|
|Dancing with the Stars||2013–2017||Himself||Runner-Up (season 17)|
Participant in a trio Salsa in (season 25)
|Psych||2014||Luther||Episode: "Shawn and Gus Truck Things U"|
|Drop Dead Diva||2014||Michael Donaldson||Episode: "Soulmates?"|
|High School Musical: 10th Anniversary||2016||Himself||Special|
|Say Yes to the Dress||2016||Himself||Episode: "The Sasha Dress!"|
|Castle||2016||Hunter||Episode: "Tone Death"|
|The Fosters||2016||Mercutio||Episode: "The Show"|
|Battle of the Network Stars||2017||Himself||1 episode|
|The Middle||2018||Luke||Episode: "The Other Man"|
|Chicago Med||2018||Tommy Oliver||1 episode|
|Show Offs||2019||Himself||1 episode|
|The Disney Family Singalong||2020||Himself||Special|
|Supergirl||2020||Trevor Crane||Episode: "Reality Bytes"|
|Acting for a Cause||2020||Craig Gregory||Episode: "Up in the Air"|
|Cars: The Series||2021||Cam Spinner (voice)||Main cast|
As a producer
|Denotes films that have not yet been released|
|Scary or Die||2012||Producer||film|
|The Day I Died||TBA||Producer||film|
|Denotes theatre that have not yet been released|
|In the Heights||2010||Usnavi||Richard Rodgers Theatre|||
|Godspell||2012||Jesus||Circle in the Square Theatre|||
|Family Shots||2015||Aaron||The Human Race Theatre|||
|Romeo and Juliet: Love Is a Battlefield||2015||Romeo||Rockwell Table and Stage|||
|The Dodgers||2016||Simon||Hudson Mainstage Theatre|||
|Holiday Inn, The New Irving Berlin Musical||2016||Ted Hanover||Roundabout Theatre Company||[V]|
|Mamma Mia!||2017||Sky||Hollywood Bowl|||
|Singin' in the Rain||2018||Don Lockwood||St. Louis Municipal Opera Theatre||[W]|
|Anything Goes||2018||Billy Crocker||Arena Stage|||
|Kiss Me, Kate||2019||Bill Calhoun/Lucentio||Studio 54||[X]|
|Catch Me If You Can||2020||Frank Abagnale||Arena Stage||[Y]|
|High School Musical: Makin' the Cut!||2007||Chad Danforth||Based on the film|||
|High School Musical: Sing It!||2007||Chad Danforth||Based on the film|||
|High School Musical 2: Work This Out!||2008||Chad Danforth||Based on the film|||
|High School Musical 3: Senior Year Dance||2008||Chad Danforth||Based on the film|||
|High School Musical 3: Senior Year DS||2008||Chad Danforth||Based on the film|||
|Disney Sing It! – High School Musical 3: Senior Year||2008||Chad Danforth||Based on the film|||
|"Don't Be Shy"||2008||Small Change
|Concrete & Clay|||
- High School Musical (2006)
- Jump In! (2007)
- High School Musical 2 (2007)
- High School Musical 3: Senior Year (2008)
- Holiday Inn, The New Irving Berlin Musical (2017)
- Kiss Me, Kate (2019)
- Opening act
- Nextfest Summer Tour (Co-headlining with Aly & AJ, Drake Bell and Bianca Ryan) (2007)
- Crawford County Fair Grandstand (Co-headlining with Vanessa Hudgens) (2008)
- Michigan State Fair (Co-headlining with Raven-Symoné) (2008)
- Kids' Inaugural: "We Are the Future" (Co-headlining with Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato and Jonas Brothers) (2009)
- Disney Channel Summer At Sea (Co-headlining with Jonnie and Brookie) (2009)
Awards and nominations
|Award||Year of ceremony||Category||Nominee/work||Result||Ref(s)|
|LA High School for the Arts||2005||"Theatre Student of the Year"||N/A||Won|||
|Disney Channel New Years Bowl-A-Thon||2006||"Best Best Hair While Bowling"||N/A||Won|||
|NAACP Image Awards||2007||"Outstanding Performance in a Youth/Children's Program"||High School Musical||Nominated|||
|Young Artist Award||"Best Performance in a TV Movie, Miniseries or Special (Comedy or Drama) – Supporting Young Actor"||Nominated|||
|Poptastic! Awards||"Male Singer"||N/A||Won|||
|"Favorite Music Video"||Push It to the Limit||Nominated|||
|"Favorite TV Actor"||N/A||Nominated|||
|"Favorite Album"||Another Side||Nominated|||
|"Male Style Idol"||N/A||Nominated|||
|"Most Wanted To Meet"||N/A||Nominated|||
|Teen Choice Awards||2009||"Choice Movie Actor: Music/Dance"||High School Musical 3: Senior Year||Nominated|||
|Chita Rivera Awards for Dance and Choreography||2017||"Outstanding Male Dancer in a Broadway Show"||Holiday Inn, The New Irving Berlin Musical||Nominated|||
|"Best Male Performance"||Won|||
|St. Louis Theater Circle Awards||2019||"Outstanding Actor in a Musical"||Singin' in the Rain||Nominated|||
|Helen Hayes Award||"Outstanding Actor in a Musical"||Anything Goes||Nominated|||
|"Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical"||Won|||
|Drama Desk Award||"Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical"||Kiss Me, Kate||Nominated|||
|Chita Rivera Awards for Dance and Choreography||"Outstanding Male Dancer in a Broadway Show"||Nominated|||
|Audience Choice Awards||"Favorite Featured Actor in a Musical"||Nominated|||
- Jeffrey King
- List of characters from High School Musical
- List of Italian-American actors
- List of Italian-American entertainers
- List of Jamaican Americans
- Also known as Sh-K-Boom Records.
- Also known as Boardheads.
- Also known as Cover Me.
- Also known as Catch That Girl, and Catch That Kid!.
- Filming took place from June–July 2006 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
- Corbin Bleu takes over the role from original star Hunter Parrish, who will play his final performance on April 15.
- Also known as Day One; formerly Renee.
- Also known as The Muny.
- The film about the life of a championship barrel racer Amberley Snyder.
- Also known as Stranded.
- Filming took place from March 2018 in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada.
- A character that briefly appears in Cars 3.
- His first single off the album, "Push It to the Limit", was recorded and appears on the soundtrack of Jump In!.
- "Deal With It" did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number one hundred twelve on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart.
- It is a remake of the Danish blockbuster, Klatretøsen 2002.
- The film premiered on December 24, 2008 in Mexico, and released in United States on October 9, 2009. and was eventually released Direct-to-DVD on March 10, 2010.
- The film premiered on September to October 2011 in Toronto, and released in Switzerland on September 28, 2013. and was eventually released Direct-to-DVD on February 7, 2014.
- The film premiered on November 30, 2010 in Venice, Los Angeles, and was released theatrically on September 6, 2013.
- The film premiered on March 11, 2012 at the Omaha Film Festival, and was eventually released Direct-to-DVD on March 3, 2015.
- Principal photography began in New Mexico in July 2018.
- Filming took place from October 2015.
- Based on the 1942 Fred Astaire, film of the same name.
- Based on the 1952 Gene Kelly, film of the same name.
- Based on the 1953 Cole Porter and Bella and Samuel Spewack, film of the same name.
- Based on the 2002 Steven Spielberg, film of the same name.
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|Awards and achievements|
Zendaya & Valentin Chmerkovskiy
| Dancing with the Stars (US) runner up
(Fall 2013 with Karina Smirnoff)
Amy Purdy & Derek Hough