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Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure

16 Jan
HSM3 Pep Rally

HSM3 Pep Rally at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Regular readers might have noticed I’ve spruce the place up around here lately. I switched over to a new WordPress theme, and while tidying up a few loose ends, decided to post links to some of my personal favorite posts from the archives in the sidebar. Perhaps a bit self-centered, but you know, blogging can be like that sometimes.

I was amused to notice how much I’ve written about the High School Musical franchise, and its associated merch, which also made me homesick for the ol’ gang. So, I was somewhat reassured to read that there’s a Sharpay spin-off movie coming April 19, 2011. According to

The plot? Having recently graduated from East High School, Sharpay’s bypassing theatre school, and setting her sights on Broadway. While performing at a charity event, she’s discovered by a talent scout. But the new winner of So You Think You’re America’s Most Talented Performing Idol is standing in her way to the top. To top that off? The Broadway role the talent scout has in mind? It’s for her dog, Boi. Contenting herself with being his entourage, she befriends a student filmmaker who’s fascinated with her, and Boi finds love.

So her dog is named Boi? Really? I know that spelling gets a certain amount of use among the misspellings-are-cool internets crowd, but it’s also a favorite among genderqueers.

I’m also amused that, after the heavy “let’s all go to college” theme of High School Musical 3, including the series “college dolls” wearing sweatshirts of the schools our beloved characters would be attending, it’s interesting to see that Sharpay’s decided to forgo college. A bit ironic, given that she’s certainly in the demographic that could afford the tuition out of pocket.

And getting back to that mention of genderqueer . . . I notice no mention of Ryan in that plot summary. Harumph. Sharpay is often at her best when Ryan’s in the scene too (“He’s doing some sort of yoga Fossee thing”). Let’s hope he at least has a cameo. Or, maybe he’ll be in HSM4? It seemed to me that the end of HSM3 set up the possibility of Ryan and Kelsi returning to East High to assist part-time with the drama program. But alas, even if they do appear, it’ll be on the sidelines.

High School Musical 4: East Meets West is scheduled to air on the Disney Channel in 2011. The movie will feature the new students introduced in the third movie.

Ugh. I think we all saw this coming, but the thought of Jimmy the Rocket owning that much screen time make me ill.

Happily, my son’s agreed to watch HSM4 with me when it’s on the Disney Channel later this year, whether it’s any good or not, whether Ryan and Kelsi return or not. He assures me, “Nobody should have to watch a High School Musical movie alone.”

Muppet gangster not returning for HSM4, Sez Jim Hill

9 Jul

A thoughtful friend this morning sent me news I definitely need (plus a headline I’ve totally stolen from her email), from Jim Hill’s update on High School Musical 4:

Now where this gets interesting is – rather than make use Matt Prokop, Justin Martin and Jemma McKenzie-Brown (whose Jimmie Zara, Donny Dion and Tiara Gold characters were deliberately introduced in “High School Musical 3: Senior Year” so that this Disney franchise would then have some recognizable-but-still-affordable performers to built future “HSM” installments around) – is that “High School Musical: East Meets West” is reportedly going to feature an all-new cast.

Mind you, that’s most likely because Ortega is no longer directing the “High School Musical” movies. Kenny’s moved on (Most recently, Ortega was the director / choreographer for the now-canceled Michael Jackson “This is It!” concert that was planned for London’s O2 Arena). In his place, Disney has hired Jeffrey Hornaday. Who is probably best known for the choreographer of “Flashdance” and “Captain EO.”

Thank goodness! I found those newly-introduced characters quite tedious. I’m guessing their HSM3 market-testing didn’t give quite the results Ortega might have been hoping for.

And while it’s not news that Ortega is moving on, nonetheless I’m still a bit disappointed every time I read it. It’s a bit like hearing that George Lucas wouldn’t be directing the next Star Wars installment….except wait, that would be a good thing.

In any case, I’m still wishing they’d make the Haunted High School Musical that turned out to be HSM3: Senior Year instead. So, I’m somewhat reassured that “Halloween” is one of the plot keywords listed for HSM4 on the Internet Movie Database.

High School Musical 4?

9 Apr

If you’re worried that you’ll have nothing to look forward to after High School Musical 3, fear not: The Hollywood Reporter tells us that another movie’s in the works:

“We are writing ‘High School Musical 4,’ ” Disney Channel Worldwide president Rich Ross confirmed Tuesday after a presentation at a midtown Manhattan recording studio. It’s likely to be a TV movie unlike “High School Musical 3: Senior Year,” though that could change.

The news comes as the stars of the two smash hit TV movies are preparing for production on the third installment of the series, which will begin filming in two weeks in Utah. There’s no word on whether the cast and behind-the-scenes talent will gather again for “HSM4,” though some characters introduced in the third go-round likely will star in the fourth.

There, now don’t you feel better already?

Hat tip: The Disney Blog.

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