History Trivia / HighSchoolMusical

14th Feb '18 1:50:38 PM Excelsior123
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* DevelopmentHell: A fourth movie was announced back in 2016 and casting had begun. We haven't heard anything about it since then.
5th Jan '18 12:41:04 PM fearlessnikki
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* AdoredByTheNetwork: Disney Channel (at least in Australia) once had a tendency to overpromote any of the films if it's set to air within a week. Almost every single commercial will have at least one ad about it. Considering that, at least between 2005 - 2010, the film aired once a month, this was quite common.

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* AdoredByTheNetwork: AdoredByTheNetwork:
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Disney Channel (at least in Australia) once had a tendency to overpromote any of the films if it's set to air within a week. Almost every single commercial will have at least one ad about it. Considering that, at least between 2005 - 2010, the film aired once a month, this was quite common.



* DawsonCasting: Many of the actors were actually in their early 20s, though when the films initially started, most of the characters were played by people close to their actual age. Taylor's actress, Monique Coleman, was 26 at the time of the first film.
** Averted by Austin Butler in the spin-off film, who was nineteen and playing a college freshman.
*** Likewise [[Series/GoodLuckCharlie Bradley Steven Perry]] as Sharpay's rival.
* FakeAmerican: Oleysa Rulin (Kelsi) is originally from Russia.
** Though she was raised in Texas and Utah and does not have to fake an accent so this trope is debatable.
* FollowTheLeader: The success of HSM led to Nickelodeon's blatant ripoff, ''Spectacular''.
** Their success likely also paved the way for the similar show ''Series/{{Glee}}'', which may have never been picked up without the success of ''High School Musical'', as another musical series - ''Viva Laughlin'' - was canceled after two episodes not long before ''Glee'' premiered.
** And in Britain, to {{ITV}}'s ''Brittania High''.
** Disney also followed themselves with ''Film/CampRock''.

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* DawsonCasting: DawsonCasting:
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Many of the actors were actually in their early 20s, though when the films initially started, most of the characters were played by people close to their actual age. Taylor's actress, Monique Coleman, was 26 at the time of the first film.
** Averted by Austin Butler in the spin-off film, who was nineteen and playing a college freshman.
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freshman. Likewise [[Series/GoodLuckCharlie Bradley Steven Perry]] as Sharpay's rival.
* DivorcedInstallment: The film originated as a third ''Grease'' film, where Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake would have played the children of Sandy and Danny - with the Sharpay-type character being Rizzo's daughter (played by Christina Aguilera).
* DyeingForYourArt: Zac Efron had to practice basketball three hours a day during the first movie.
*
FakeAmerican: Oleysa Rulin (Kelsi) is originally from Russia.
** Though she
a marginal example, as she's Russian born but was raised in Texas and Utah and does not have to fake an accent so this trope is debatable.
America.
* FollowTheLeader: The success of HSM led to Nickelodeon's blatant ripoff, ''Spectacular''.
** Their success likely also paved the way for the similar show ''Series/{{Glee}}'', which may have never been picked up without the success of
''High School Musical'', as another musical series - ''Viva Laughlin'' - Musical'''s success was canceled after two episodes not long before ''Glee'' premiered.
** And
a clear factor in Britain, the format of ''{{Series/Glee}}'' - to {{ITV}}'s ''Brittania High''.
** Disney
the point that in its early days, people thought it was a {{Deconstruction}} of ''HSM''. ''Film/CampRock'' was also followed themselves with ''Film/CampRock''.clearly inspired by it. Nickelodeon also produced the similar ''Spectacular''.



* IWantYouToMeetAnOldFriendOfMine: Prior to the first film, Olesya Rulin (Kelsi) and Lucas Grabeel (Ryan) had been in Halloweentown High together, as Natalie the troll and Ethan the warlock, respectively.

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* HostilityOnTheSet: It was rumoured that Ashley Tisdale and Lucas Grabeel didn't get along during the first movie.
* IWantYouToMeetAnOldFriendOfMine: Prior to the first film, Olesya Rulin (Kelsi) and Lucas Grabeel (Ryan) had been in Halloweentown High ''Halloweentown High'' together, as Natalie the troll and Ethan the warlock, respectively.



* PlayingAgainstType: Oddly, Ashley Tisdale as Sharpay - her previous Disney role was Maddie in ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'', [[HairOfGoldHeartOfGold a completely]] [[NiceGirl different role.]] If you want to go into detail, Ashley basically played a bitchy version of London in these movies.
** Lampshaded in Suite Life of Zack and Cody during the episode "Lip Syncin' in the Rain", where Maddie gets told that she doesn't look like Ashley Tisdale and that she's too nice for the role. She does get the singing role while London lip syncs as her. [[HilarityEnsues Chaos ensues.]]

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* NonSingingVoice: Zac Efron's singing in the first movie is done by Drew Seeley. This is because Troy was envisioned as a TenorBoy, and Zac is a baritone range. Troy's vocal range is adjusted in the sequels as a result.
* TheOtherMarty: Cassie Steele was cast as Gabriella based on her performance in ''Full Court Miracle'', but she had to drop out due to commitments with ''Degrassi: The Next Generation''.
* PlayingAgainstType: Oddly, Ashley Tisdale as Sharpay - her previous Disney role was Maddie in ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'', [[HairOfGoldHeartOfGold a completely]] [[NiceGirl different role.]] If you want to go into detail, Ashley basically played a bitchy version of London in these movies.
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movies. Lampshaded in Suite Life of Zack and Cody during the an episode "Lip Syncin' in of the Rain", sitcom where Maddie tries out for Sharpay in her school's production of it, and gets told that she doesn't look like Ashley Tisdale and that she's too nice for the role. She does get the singing role while London lip syncs as her. [[HilarityEnsues Chaos ensues.]]role.



* StarMakingRole: For Zac Efron & Vanessa Hudgens.
* ThrowItIn: According to the pop-up edition to the first movie, the scene where Sharpay kicks a bathroom door was ad-libbed.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Lucas Grabeel (Ryan) wanted Ryan to be gay (and possibly end up with Chad), but then the MoralGuardians came. This didn't stop "I Don't Dance" from happening though.

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* StarMakingRole: For Zac Efron & Vanessa Hudgens.
Hudgens. It's hard to believe that Ashley Tisdale was a more recognisable name than them at the time.
* ThrowItIn: ThrowItIn:
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According to the pop-up edition to the first movie, the scene where Sharpay kicks a bathroom door was ad-libbed.
** Corbin Bleu randomly decided to wear three different watches at once, which can be seen at Chad's first scene in the film.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: WhatCouldHaveBeen:
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Lucas Grabeel (Ryan) wanted Ryan to be gay (and possibly end up with Chad), but then the MoralGuardians came. This didn't stop "I Don't Dance" from happening though.though.
** Ashley Tisdale auditioned for Gabriella, but got given the role of Sharpay instead.
** Matthew Underwood from ''{{Series/Zoey 101}}'' was offered the role of Troy, but couldn't take it due to his contract with Nickelodeon.
** A duet was planned between Ms Darbus and Coach Bolton, but it never got filmed. Stage versions usually have them sing.
30th Dec '17 7:20:35 PM UncontestedSequel517
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* MemeAcknowledgment: For the film's tenth anniversary, Disney XD uploaded Music/BadLipReading's video of selected scenes [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRvuSPBSPL4&t=757s&index=6&list=FLxe61f5GeKWRoTC9YtTt11w to its official YouTube channel]].
23rd Dec '17 4:19:32 PM rjd1922
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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Lucas Grabeel(Ryan) wanted Ryan to be gay (and possibly end up with Chad), but then the MoralGuardians came. This didn't stop "I Don't Dance" from happening though.

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Lucas Grabeel(Ryan) Grabeel (Ryan) wanted Ryan to be gay (and possibly end up with Chad), but then the MoralGuardians came. This didn't stop "I Don't Dance" from happening though.
14th Dec '17 12:34:16 PM rjd1922
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* SleeperHit: Seriously, '''nobody''' thought this Disney Channel Original Movie would end up being a giant hit that would encapsulate the late 2000s.
16th Oct '17 8:45:39 AM RicPot
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* CutSong
** The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ir38tIOQdT0 Humuhumunukunukuapuaa]] song and scene were cut from the televised version of ''High School Musical 2''. They reinstated it on the DVD and in the stage adaptation.
** There was also a song recorded for the 3rd movie called "Last Chance" that never made it into the movie apart from the reprise in the [[http://youtu.be/wWq9E6JBxCw medley]] of most of the songs in the movie. A [[http://youtu.be/ewpi5_39-Fw 40 second preview]] leaked in 2008 before the movie came out.
** In the first movie, there were a few songs that didn't make the cut. The love song "I Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You" was recorded by the four main leads (kind of {{Squick}}y because [[BrotherSisterIncest two of them played siblings]] and ended up on the album and as a [[http://youtu.be/uSBoARL2N3g bonus music video]] on the DVD (it's made to look like they're all recording the song but Zac Efron is there instead of Drew Seeley [[TalentDouble who did most of the singing for Zac's character]]. It also made it into the play version of the movie a duet between Troy and Gabriella, as did "[[http://youtu.be/ZHXU_wiWb5M Cellular Fusion]]" and "[[http://youtu.be/qJA9BTwmHTs Counting on You]]" but the song between Mrs. Darbus and Coach Bolton seems to be lost forever.
1st Sep '17 11:57:33 PM dsneybuf
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* GenreRelaunch: Disney's first successful live-action movie musical, discounting new recorded productions of old musicals, since ''Film/PetesDragon1977'' killed it nearly thirty years prior.

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* GenreRelaunch: Disney's first successful live-action movie musical, discounting new recorded productions of old musicals, since ''Film/PetesDragon1977'' killed it the genre nearly thirty years prior.
1st Sep '17 11:56:03 PM dsneybuf
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* GenreRelaunch: Disney's first successful live-action movie musical since ''Film/PetesDragon1977'' killed it nearly thirty years prior.

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* GenreRelaunch: Disney's first successful live-action movie musical musical, discounting new recorded productions of old musicals, since ''Film/PetesDragon1977'' killed it nearly thirty years prior.
29th May '17 1:11:15 AM alnair20aug93
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* ThrowItIn: According to the pop-up edition to the first movie, the scene where Sharpay kicks a bathroom door was ad-libbed.
28th Apr '17 3:20:56 AM MysteriousZorua1994
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* AdoredByTheNetwork: Disney Channel (at least in Australia) has a tendency to overpromote any of the films if it's set to air within a week. Almost every single commercial will have at least one ad about it. Considering that, at least between 2005 - 2010, the film aired once a month, this was quite common.

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* AdoredByTheNetwork: Disney Channel (at least in Australia) has once had a tendency to overpromote any of the films if it's set to air within a week. Almost every single commercial will have at least one ad about it. Considering that, at least between 2005 - 2010, the film aired once a month, this was quite common.common.
** Since 2015, Disney's main movie channel in Australia tends to play the third film every week, and will commonly play songs from the three films between movies. ''Film/{{Descendants}}'' pretty much took the trilogy's place on Disney Channel itself.
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