‘High School Musical’ Original Cast Reunites in Paris: Photo

Drew Seeley, Corbin Bleu, Lucas Grabeel, Kenny Ortega, Bart Johnson and Vanessa Hudgens.
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Wildcats endlessly! Almost 16 years after Excessive Faculty Musical premiered on Disney Channel, it nonetheless looks like kindergarten between the celebrities.

“Like no time has handed. #HSM reunion in Paris 🇫🇷👌,” Drew Seeley, who offered the singling vocals for Zac Efron’s Troy Bolton within the first movie, captioned a Saturday, November 12, Instagram selfie along with his former costars.

The One other Cinderella Story actor, 40, met up with Vanessa Hudgens, Corbin Bleu, Lucas Grabeel, Bart Johnson and director Kenny Ortega on the “Again to the Musical World 2” conference in Paris. The Dream It occasion reunited the choreographer, 72, with the casts of Excessive Faculty MusicalDescendants and Julie and the Phantoms, all of which he directed.

The HSM squad later thrilled conference attendees as they recalled reminiscences filming the Disney Channel hit on the mainstage. Seeley and the Princess Change star, 33, even sang an acoustic rendition of Troy and Gabriella’s ballad “Breaking Free,” per social media footage.

Excessive Faculty Musical premiered on Disney Channel in 2006, starring Hudgens as prodigy Gabriella Montez reverse Efron’s basketball-playing Troy Bolton. After the twosome sparked a karaoke connection over winter break, they had been surprised to study that Gabriella and her mother had simply relocated to his native Albuquerque, New Mexico, and enrolled her on the identical college of East Excessive. The franchise — which sparked sequels in 2007 and 2009 — additionally starred Grabeel, 37, Bleu, 33, Monique Coleman and Ashley Tisdale. Whereas the complete crew each acted and sang within the franchise, Seeley notably crooned all of Efron’s solos within the first film. (The Canada native reprised the position of Troy throughout the  “Excessive Faculty Musical: The Live performance” tour.)

“Within the first film, after all the things was recorded, my voice was not on them,” Efron, 35, advised the Orlando Sentinel in July 2007 of not singing within the first flick. “I used to be not likely given a proof. It simply sort of occurred that manner. Sadly, it put me in a clumsy place. It’s not one thing I anticipated to be addressed. Then, Excessive Faculty Musical blew up. I’m very lucky that Drew has gotten correct credit score and likewise that I’ve gotten the chance to return again [in the second and third films, respectively] and take a look at it once more with my very own voice.”

The Hairspray actor was capable of present his personal vocals in Excessive Faculty Musical 2 and Excessive Faculty Musical 3: Senior 12 months, whereas Seeley by no means regretted his personal expertise.

“Any actor would have beloved that position, however Zac did an excellent job. He was the best man for the job,” the songwriter stated in an August 2021 TikTok. “[I] did get to do the excursions. Everyone wins, a lot love.”