High School Musical on Stage!

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High School Musical On Stage!
Music Matthew Gerrard
Robbie Nevil
Ray Cham
Greg Cham
Drew Seeley
Randy Petersen
Kevin Quinn
Andy Dodd
Adam Watts
Bryan Louiselle
David N. Lawrence
Faye Greenberg
Jamie Houston
Lyrics Same as music
Book David Simpatico
Basis High School Musical
by Peter Barsocchini

2007 U.S.A. National Tour
2007 Japan National Tour
2008 U.K. National Tour
2008 Spain National Tour
2008 Italy National Tour
2008 London, U. K.
2008 Cape Town, South Africa (transferred to Johannesburg in 2009)
2008 Australia National Tour (ran in Sydney until cancelled)
2009 Netherlands National Tour
2013 Seoul, South Korea

Regional productions worldwide

High School Musical on Stage! is a musical based on the Disney Channel Original Movie High School Musical, with music and lyrics by Matthew Gerrard, Robbie Nevil, Ray and Greg Cham, Drew Seeley, Randy Petersen, Kevin Quinn, Andy Dodd, Adam Watts, Bryan Louiselle, David N. Lawrence, Faye Greenberg and Jamie Houston, and a book by David Simpatico. It has quickly become a very popular choice for high school musical theatre productions.[1]

Main characters[edit]

List of main characters in their respective groups.

The Jocks[edit]

  • Troy Bolton - Captain of the Basketball team, met Gabriella over winter break. Lead male.
  • Chad Danforth - Basketball team member, Troy's best friend.
  • Zeke Baylor - Basketball team member with a passion for baking. Solo in "Status Quo".

The Thespians[edit]

  • Sharpay Evans - Lead in every school musical since kindergarten. President of the drama club. And most popular student. Shows interest in Troy and hates Gabriella
  • Ryan Evans - Sharpay's brother. Performs with Sharpay in musicals. Vice president of the drama club.
  • Kelsi Neilsen - Pianist for the drama club. Composer of the winter musical.

The Brainiacs[edit]

  • Gabriella Montez - The "New Girl" to East High School, met Troy over winter break. Lead female.
  • Taylor McKessie - Head of the Brainiacs. She convinces Gabriella to try out for the Mathelites.
  • Martha Cox - Brainiac, who has a passion for hip-hop. Solo in "Status Quo."
  • Kratnoff- Brainiac, a complete know-it-all.

The Skater Dudes[edit]

  • Ripper - Head of the skater dudes. Passion for the cello. Solo in "Status Quo."
  • Mongo - Skater dude. Rippers's "sidekick."

Other Students[edit]

  • Jack Scott - News announcer at East High. Also known as "The Velvet Fog of East High".

The Adults[edit]

  • Ms. Darbus - Drama Teacher. Dislikes the Jocks and Coach Bolton.
  • Coach Bolton - Gym Teacher, Troy's father and coach of the basketball team.
  • Ms Tenny- The chemistry teacher. May or may not be portrayed as pregnant.


Act I[edit]

High School Musical at Rhyl Pavilion Theatre.

At East High School (in Albuquerque, New Mexico) ("Wildcat Cheer"), Troy Bolton tells his Jock friends, Chad Danforth and Zeke Baylor, about meeting Gabriella Montez on New Year's Eve during winter vacation on a ski trip. Gabriella, who has just moved to Albuquerque, also tells her newfound Brainiac friends Taylor McKessie, Kelsi Nielsen and Martha Cox of her vacation. We meet Sharpay and Ryan Evans, the two drama stars of the school. Sharpay is selfish, and Ryan follows her orders but tries to be friends with everyone. Troy and Gabriella have a flashback to New Year's Eve when they met. ("Start of Something New"). One-half of the song is during the flashback, then we return to East High where Chad, Taylor, Kelsi, Ryan, Sharpay, Zeke and other students sing of their New Year's Resolutions.

In homeroom, Mrs. Darbus tells her class of the upcoming winter musical, "Juliet and Romeo", a new version of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet", written by Kelsi Nielsen, a shy East High student. When Ryan, Sharpay, Troy, and Gabriella start using their cell phones, Mrs. Darbus gives them all detention. Chad interferes, telling Mrs. Darbus that Troy cannot go because they have basketball practice after school and that they have an upcoming championship game. Mrs. Darbus then gives Chad a 30-minute detention, and gives Taylor detention when she remarks that Chad can't even count that high. At Gabriella's locker, Troy runs into her and they show their amazement of how they found each other again. Sharpay walks by and tries to flirt with Troy, but he shows no interest in her. Sharpay observes that he is interested in Gabriella and she is interested in him. Later, the Jocks have basketball practice ("Get'cha Head in the Game").

Pacific Repertory Theatre's School of Dramatic Arts High School Musical Act 1 Finale.

In a Science class, Gabriella shows her smarts by pointing out a flaw in the teacher's equation. Taylor is impressed and asks, on behalf of her Science Club, if Gabriella could join their team to win the upcoming Scholastic Decathlon, although Gabriella refuses. Sharpay overhears and has Ryan investigate by Googling her.

Discovering that Gabriella was a very intelligent Brainiac at her old school, Sharpay prints her newfound information and puts it in Taylor's locker. The students later head to the Mrs. Darbus's room for detention, and act like animals. Taylor then asks Gabriella again to join the Scholastic Decathlon team based on the printouts Sharpay planted in her locker, and Gabriella agrees. Everyone does the 'ball of noise,' and Coach Bolton comes to get Troy and Chad for practice and then talks to Mrs. Darbus about it.

The next day, thespians audition for the play ("Auditions"). Sharpay and Ryan audition as well ("What I've Been Looking For"). After the auditions have been declared closed, Gabriella and Troy sing the song as Kelsi intended it - much slower ("What I've Been Looking For (Reprise)"). Although Troy and Gabriella did not intend it to be an audition they are called back for a second audition. When their friends hear the news they spread it via cell phones ("Cellular Fusion").

Sharpay is furious, believing Troy and Gabriella have stolen the lead roles and broken the 'rules' of East High. Though most of the school agrees, lyrical chaos erupts during a lunch break when students begin telling their secret obsessions outside of their cliques ("Stick to the Status Quo"). The scene culminates with Sharpay getting 'caked' by Zeke (who secretly likes her), after Gabriella spins into him. Act I ends with Sharpay angrily shouting "Someone is going to pay for this!"

Act II[edit]

Jack Scott recaps events before Troy and Gabriella dance on the rooftop garden ("I Can't Take My Eyes Off of You"). Zeke comes to Sharpay's locker and tries to flirt with her. Meanwhile, the Jocks and Brainiacs plot against the infuriated duo during study hall. Sharpay and Ryan see the Jocks and the Brainiacs mingling together and imagine they are trying to help Troy and Gabriella. So Sharpay lies to Mrs. Darbus saying that Troy and his dad are trying to ruin the auditions because she gave Troy detention. Later at practice, ("Wildcat Cheer (Reprise)"), Mrs. Darbus talks to Troy's dad and then he talks to Troy. Gabriella comes to practice to see Troy while Martha comes and takes her to the lab. Troy's dad thinks Gabriella is the reason why Troy got detention. He tells Troy that he is a playmaker and not a singer. This infuriates Troy who angrily asks his father if he ever wondered if he could be both and storms off in a rage, leaving his father stunned.

The Jocks and Brainiacs put their plan to work, pushing at Troy and Gabriella to 'split up'. Eventually, Troy, furious with his friends for telling him the same things his dad did, gives in and pretends that he doesn't like Gabriella, completely oblivious to the phone in Zeke's hand, transmitting Troy's words directly to Gabriella ("Counting on You"). Gabriella hears and becomes very upset. Troy and Gabriella, lonely and upset, sing ("When There Was Me and You"). The Jocks and Brainiacs then realize that they have gone too far and feel guilty for ruining Troy and Gabriella's relationship.

Act 2 Finale of Pacific Repertory Theatre's School of Dramatic Arts production of Disney's High School Musical.

The next day, Sharpay and Ryan are rehearsing for their callback while Sharpay talks to Ryan about her role in the school. Then Troy comes in looking for Gabriella and Ryan tells him that she is in the theatre. Troy goes to the theatre and tells Gabriella that they were set up and he didn't mean what he said and sings to remind her of New Year's ("Start of Something New (Reprise)").

Hearing that the callback date has been moved up by request of Sharpay to the same time as the big game and the Scholastic Decathlon, Troy and Gabriella announce to the Jocks and Brainiacs that they are going to not do the callback, but instead help their respective teams for their events. The Jocks and Brainiacs say they should do the callbacks. Troy and Gabriella refuse, but the teams decide to lend a helping hand anyway ("We're All In This Together").

On the day of the big game/Decathlon/callbacks, the students are excited for the festivities. Sharpay and Ryan perform their callback song ("Bop to the Top"), which at the same time happens with the basketball championship and the science decathlon, during which Taylor engineers an electronic meltdown in the decathlon and light malfunctions in the game, which forces all the students to move to the theater. Chad and Taylor explain to Troy and Gabriella that this is their only chance. Mrs. Darbus, hesitant to allow Troy and Gabriella an audition due to their lateness, has no choice but to let them audition as the auditorium fills with students ("Breaking Free"). Mrs. Darbus gives Troy and Gabriella the parts on the spot with everyone watching.

The end of Act II brings us to the gym where all the main characters wrap up their plots (Chad asks Taylor to an after-party, Zeke gets Sharpay to be nice to him, Jack Scott and Kelsi flirt, and Sharpay makes up with Gabriella and Troy). The Wildcats win the big game and the Decathlon. The students celebrate ("We're All in This Together (Reprise)") followed by a recap of all the major songs in the show ("Megamix") during the curtain call.



United States tour[edit]

Disney Theatrical staged a US tour that began on August 1, 2007 and ended on August 3, 2008.[2][3]

Principal Cast

  • John Jeffrey Martin as Troy Bolton
  • Arielle Jacobs as Gabriella Montez
  • Shakiem Evans as Chad Danforth
  • Shaullanda Lacombe as Taylor McKessie
  • Chandra Lee Schwartz as Sharpay Evans (until 2/15/08)
  • Helene Yorke as Sharpay Evans (from 2/17/08)
  • Bobby List as Ryan Evans
  • Michael Mahany as Jack Scott
  • Olivia Oguma as Kelsi Nielson
  • Ben Thompson as Zeke Baylor
  • Lizzie Weiss as Martha Cox
  • Ron Bohmer as Coach Bolton
  • Ellen Harvey as Ms. Darbus

Regional premieres[edit]

  • On August 1, 2006, Playbill announced that the Stagedoor Manor summer theater camp, featured in the movie Camp, would be the first venue to produce High School Musical on-broadway.[4]
  • From January 13 to January 21, 2007, the musical was performed at The Fox Theatre in Atlanta.[5] Its production company, Theater of the Stars, was the first professional company to stage the production.[6]
  • On February 15, 2007, Pacific Repertory Theatre's School of Dramatic Arts staged the California premiere. PacRep's High School Musical was revived in January 2008, and in January, 2009, the company presented the West Coast premiere of High School Musical 2: On Stage!. The 3 productions were directed by PacRep Founder Stephen Moorer, choreographed by Susan Cable, with Musical Direction by Don Dally[7]
  • On April 17, 2007, Bridgend Youth Theatre was the first theatre company to perform the show in Wales.[citation needed]
  • On April 17, 2009, Neptune Theatre of Halifax, Nova Scotia produced the professional Canadian Tour of "High School Musical - On Broadway". The show included 3 actors from the hit children's television series "The Doodlebops". The production was directed and choreographed by Canadian director/choreographer David W. Connolly, and broke several box office records for the theatre.[8]

High School Musical 2: On Stage![edit]

High School Musical 2, the sequel to the popular movie High School Musical, is also being spun off into a stage musical. Like the original, the show has been adapted into 2 different productions: A 1-act, 70-minute version and a 2-act full length production. This stage production includes the song "Hummuhummunukunukuapua'a" that was left out of the original movie but included in the DVD. Through Music Theatre International, Disney Theatrical is licensing the theatrical rights. MTI had originally recruited 7 schools to serve as tests for the new full-length adaptation, but due to complications with multiple drafts of both the script and the score, all but two schools were forced to drop out of the pilot program.[citation needed]

  • On May 18, 2008, Woodlands High School became the first school to produce High School Musical 2.[citation needed]
  • From July 17-August 3, 2008, Harrell Theatre, in Collierville, Tennessee, was the first community theatre to perform the production, which featured both a senior cast and a junior cast.[citation needed]
  • From January 15 - February 15, 2009, the West Coast premiere production was presented by Pacific Repertory Theatre's School of Dramatic Arts. The production was directed by PacRep founder Stephen Moorer, who previously directed the California premiere of the first High School Musical.[9]
  • From 14–18 April 2009, the Irish Premiere will be performed by Meath Youth Musical Society in Navan.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ TIME magazine reported in its May 26, 2008 issue, p. 51, that this musical ranked as the fifth most frequently produced musical by U.S. high schools in 2007.
  2. ^ "National tour of High School Musical officially opens" playbill.com, 1 August 2007
  3. ^ High School Musical won’t play Fox this summer alt.coxnewsweb.com, 30 June 2008
  4. ^ "Camp" Site Gets First Dibs on Stage Version of Disney's High School Musical. Playbill.com. Retrieved on 2010-10-11.
  5. ^ Jones, Kenneth (September 5, 2006). "High School Musical Will Have Its Equity Premiere in Atlanta in Early 2007". Playbill. Retrieved December 4, 2017. 
  6. ^ Atlanta, Georgia. Theater of the Stars. Retrieved on 2010-10-11.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-07-12. Retrieved 2010-10-11. 
  8. ^ Playbill Archived 2009-02-24 at the Wayback Machine.. Neptune Theatre. Retrieved on 2010-10-11.
  9. ^ Pacific Repertory Theatre - Disney's High School Musical 2 - On Broadway! Archived 2011-07-27 at the Wayback Machine.. Pacrep.org. Retrieved on 2010-10-11.
  10. ^ Home Archived 2009-03-25 at the Wayback Machine.. Ticketoffice.ie. Retrieved on 2010-10-11.

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