Disney's High School Musical - Live on Stage! to open in Sydney December 2008

high_school©2007 Disney (l-r) Arielle Jacobs as “Gabriella Montez” and John Jeffrey Martin as “Troy Bolton” in the U.S. National Tour. Photograph of the US National Tour by Joan Marcus

A spectacular full-scale Australian production of Disney’s HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL – Live on Stage! will open in Sydney at The Capitol Theatre on Saturday, 20 December, 2008. A national tour of eight cities will follow.

Disney’s HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL – Live on Stage!, which is based on the smash-hit Disney Channel Original Movie, has captivated a legion of young fans since it premiered in Chicago in August 2007. Featuring all the characters and chart-topping songs from the movie, Disney’s HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL – Live on Stage! expands on the original work and includes two new numbers and a huge mega-mix finale.

“Disney’s HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL – Live on Stage! has been taking the world by storm so we’re thrilled to be mounting it in Australia,” said co-producer Kevin Jacobsen of Jacobsen Presents. “With an Australian cast playing the characters young people have grown to love, we’re confident that this live, high-energy stage version will be embraced by Australian audiences as their own,” added co-producer Tim McFarlane of The Really Useful Company Asia Pacific.

The all-Australian production will have a large touring company, including a 32-strong cast of the country’s hottest young singers and dancers and a pumping live band. The announcement of the cast will be made in August with rehearsals to commence in Sydney in October.

Disney’s HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL – Live on Stage! follows the story of basketball captain Troy and the brainy but shy Gabriella who discover they have a secret passion for singing. When they decide to audition for the student musical it sends shockwaves through the High School’s rigid social cliques. Troy’s basketball team, Gabriella’s fellow science clubbers, even the drama regulars, do all they can to keep the pair apart and off-stage. When Troy and Gabriella defy their friends and family they inadvertently inspire the other students to go public with their own secret talents and dreams. Disney’s HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL – Live on Stage! is an infectious celebration of both individualism and togetherness, with a story that says you don’t have to change to be accepted, you just have to be yourself.

The stage musical’s key creative team includes David Simpatico who wrote the book (an adaptation of Peter Barsocchini’s original TV movie script), director Jeff Calhoun (whose credits include the award-winning Broadway revivals of Grease and Big River), choreographer Lisa Stevens and music producer and supervisor Bryan Louiselle.

Following its premiere in Chicago, Disney’s HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL – Live on Stage! has played sold out seasons in Boston, Toronto and Los Angeles, and by the end of 2008 it will have played 42 cities in the U.S. A current tour of the United Kingdom has broken all box office records and future productions are scheduled for Spain, Italy, France and Holland.

Steve Fickinger, Vice President, Disney Theatrical Productions from New York said, “The new stage version of HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL has been delighting audiences around the world, and we are thrilled to bring this spectacular production to Australia. This is a perfect opportunity for the whole family to come together and spend time with Troy, Gabriella, and all their favourite Wildcats. This wonderful stage show has all the songs, all the humour, all the heart….and a few new surprises.”

Disney’s HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL and HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 2 have been record breakers in Australia. The premiere of HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 2 in September 2007 on Disney Channel was subscription TV’s highest rating telecast of any kind with children aged 5-15. It propelled the Disney Channel to its highest rated day ever with an average audience of 313,976, a 134% increase over the average audience for the June 2006 premiere of HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL. The success continues with the DVD sales, with HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL the number 1 selling Direct to Video movie of all time, selling over 250,000 copies to date followed by HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 2 with over 190,000 units sold in only 15 weeks of release. The original soundtrack through Walt Disney Records reached #1 on the ARIA National Album Chart and #4 with the HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 2 soundtrack, with both soundtracks being accredited with Platinum Sales in Australia.

Disney’s HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL – Live on Stage! will be produced by Jacobsen Presents and The Really Useful Company Asia Pacific who have individually presented some of the most successful stage productions in Australia including Beauty and the Beast, The Phantom of the Opera, Dirty Dancing and Cats. Disney’s HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL – Live on Stage! is presented in association with Disney Theatrical Productions.


“It’s a phenomenon.” - The Independent (UK)

“This show is why children grow to love theatre.” - Broadwayworld.com

“A+ for Parents and Kids … If you do nothing else this year with your kids, get tickets to this sure-to-sell out theatre production … This is a can’t miss for families. You might even want to see it twice.” - Chicago Parent


AUSTRALIAN TOUR:

Commencing in SYDNEY, with dates to be announced for ADELAIDE, PERTH, HOBART, CANBERRA, NEWCASTLE, BRISBANE and MELBOURNE.

Sydney – The Capitol Theatre
Opening Night Saturday 20 December
On sale from Friday 27 June 2008

Bookings: www.ticketmaster.com.au

Visit www.hsmliveonstage.com.au for further booking information

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