Have you seen High School Musical? If you have a tween or teen daughter I bet you have. It’s been one of the “it” movies of the last year, spinning off a frenzy of adoration, an unholy amount of karaoke, CDs, DVDs, a concert tour, and even an ice show. Disney knows how to milk a property for all its worth, and so the following news should come as a surprise to no one.
Why settle for just the original? Come August, High School Musical 2 will debut on the Disney Channel:
All the stars return from the first hit movie to participate in a summer extravaganza at a posh country club. Troy (Zac Efron) lands a job at the Albuquerque club and then maneuvers a lifeguard position for Gabriella (Vanessa Anne Hudgens) to join him, little knowing that diva Sharpay (Ashley Tisdale) wants to keep them apart.
The rest of the East High Wildcats — Chad, Taylor, Zeke, Martha, Kelsi and Jason — also join in the fun and are gearing up for the Midsummer Night’s Talent Show, in which Troy and Gabriella may just score a winning duet, unless Sharpay can stop them. Other returning cast members include Lucas Grabeel, Corbin Bleu, Monique Coleman, Olesya Rulin, KayCee Stroh and Ryne Sanborn.
The Emmy Award-winning Kenny Ortega returns as director.
Okay, to me this sounds an awful lot like the teacher from Charlie Brown (“Waa waa waawaa waa waa”), but my children and their friends assure me that this is very big news. (These are, incidentally, the same kids who are convinced they need to dance around on my living room couches and belt the lyrics out into hairbrushes, so… consider the sources, I guess.)
I’m actually more interested in the last bit of this article, which says:
Already another sequel, “Haunted High School Musical,” has been planned, but this time for a 2008 theatrical release.
That sounds like something that may just be so delightfully campy I will love it in spite of myself. I mean, it would have to be, right? Like, the big question will be whether Troy can enunciate enough even while wearing plastic vampire teeth, and whether Gabriella can sing loudly enough through her mummy bandages?
No? Awwww, c’mon.
Anyway, mark your calendars for August 17th. That’s the night your kids will be begging to stay up late to watch High School Musical 2.