One of the most anticipated sequels of the summer is something made for the small screen. High School Musical 2 premiered on August 17, 2007 and is the follow-up to High School Musical, the blockbuster 2006 Disney Channel Original Movie that became a phenomenon.
The original film became the bestselling TV movie DVD ever and spawned not only the bestselling album of 2006 but a concert tour, tons of merchandise, and many, many theatrical productions. The movie put its stars on the map with four cast members releasing albums, one starring in his very own “DCOM,” one appearing in the big screen remake of Hairspray, and one strutting her stuff on Dancing With The Stars.
With months and months of hype and the future of a multi-million dollar franchise at stake, High School Musical 2 had a lot to live up to. Fortunately, the movie delivers with flying colors. High School Musical 2 is just as much fun as the original and should delight its target audience and beyond.
Everyone behind the original film is back, including director/choreographer Kenny Ortega and writer Peter Barsocchini. The film picks up a few months after the conclusion of the original as the students of East High await summer vacation. Basketball player Troy (Zac Efron) and brainy Gabriella (Vanessa Hudgens) are a couple and look forward to spending time together. It's especially important to Gabriella, who is experiencing her first summer without moving. Troy and Gabriella, along with Chad (Corbin Bleu), Taylor (Monique Coleman), Zeke (Chris Warren Jr.), Martha (Kaycee Stroh), Kelsi (Olesya Rulin), and Jason (Ryne Sanborn), are having trouble finding summer jobs.
The antagonists of the original film are also back for more. Sharpay (Ashley Tisdale) and her brother Ryan (Lucas Grabeel) are members of the exclusive Lava Springs Country Club. Sharpay is looking to win the country club's annual Talent Show and cement her dominance there. Her plot to win involves getting Troy to sing with her. She gets the club's manager to offer Troy a job at the club. Troy won't take the job unless his friends get jobs and thus, all the Wildcats end up working at the country club.