As production officially begins for the upcoming second season of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, Disney+ has announced that the new season will be featuring a Spring musical of Beauty and the Beast where the East High drama students are set to perform reimagined musical numbers from the iconic Disney film. Set to debut later this year, Season 2 will still be covering songs from the High School Musical movies while also continuing to showcase new original songs. The announcement also came with the release of a new video which you can now check out below featuring the main cast as they sang their own rendition of Beauty and the Beast.
“The outpouring of love and support for season one has been incredibly exciting, and I’m thrilled that the Wildcats are putting on ‘Beauty and the Beast’ in season two,” creator Tim Federle said in a statement. “It was one of the first Broadway shows I ever saw, when I was 14, and it’s got all the perfect metaphors for the high school experience: Do people judge me for how I look? What is true love? Will I achieve the future I dream of? And, perhaps most importantly, it’s got dancing forks.”
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High School Musical: The Musical: The Series is a mockumentary musical teen drama which follows a group of students at East High who stage a performance of High School Musical for their winter theater production, only to realize that as much drama is also happening offstage. Each episode of Season 1 featured new songs and new renditions of iconic songs from the first film such as “Start of Something New”, “All in this Together” and “Breaking Free”.
The series stars Olivia Rodrigo as Nini, Joshua Bassett as Ricky, Matt Cornett as E.J., Sofia Wylie as Gina, Larry Saperstein as Big Red, Julia Lester as Ashlyn, Dara Renee as Kourtney, Frankie Rodriguez as Carlos and Joe Serafini as Seb. It is executive produced by Tim Federle (Ferdinand) and Oliver Goldstick (Pretty Little Liars) along with the original film’s EPs Bill Borden and Barry Rosenbush.
Season 1 was met with a lot of positive reviews and has “Certified Fresh” on Rotten Tomatoes as measured by a consensus of reviews by top critics and audience members. It was recently nominated for a GLAAD Media Award. All 10 episodes of the first season are already available for streaming on Disney+.
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The first High School Musical film aired in 2006 at the Disney channel which launched the careers of Zac Efron (The Greatest Showman, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile), Vanessa Hudgens (Dog Days) and Ashley Tisdale (Charming) giving them worldwide recognition. The last film titled High School Musical 3: Senior Year was released ten years ago.