Friday, 14 July 2006

High School Musical finally cracks New Zealand

Disney's megahit original tv movie High School Musical is finally making an impact in New Zealand.

The movie's been screening recently on the local version of the Disney Channel, and the single "Breaking Free" (taken from High Schoool Musical) has been sitting at #1 in C4 Music Television Select chart. Now that song is in the top 20 of the NZ singles charts, the High School Musical Soundtrack CD is in the Top 5 of the album charts, and the DVD's just been released here as well.

The modern day Grease is the highest rated movie of the year in the USA (on both cable and network) amongst kids and teens. The singles, album soundtrack, and DVD have set sales records.

Now High School Musical is up for six Emmy awards... Outstanding Children's Program, Best Director, Best Choreography, Best Casting, and two nominations for Outstanding Music and Lyrics ("Get'cha Head in the Game" and "Breaking Free").

Sequels are already in the planning stages... Producers are now working on the script and music for High School Musical 2: Sing It All Or Nothing! Zac Efron, Ashley Tisdale, and other main stars will all return for that tv movie (to begin shooting when Efron finishes doing Hairspray), along with Director and Choreographer Kenny Ortega (Dirty Dancing, Newsies).

Production is now delayed until early next year, and may not be released until 2008. A third film - High School Musical 3 - is also planned, along with a Broadway show.

* ABC 4: Utah-filmed "High School Musical" gets 6 Emmy nominations
* 'High School Musical' Star Lands 'Hairspray' Lead
* Los Angeles Times: It sells like teen spirit
* Deseret News: Disney high on 'Musical'

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  1. Jade Olliver Says:

    Horrible, horrible movie. I can't understand why I watched it through to the end, guess I thought it might get better, boy was I wrong.
    The only plus was the excellend dancing and choreography. Therefore I'll give it a score of 1/10