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Disney’s ‘High School Musical’ Series Finds Its New Leading Man

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As Sharpay Evans would say, “It’s out with the old and in with the new…” as Disney Channel has officially cast their male lead for the upcoming High School Musical series for their new streaming site. So, say goodbye to the dreamboat that is Zac Efron, who played Troy Bolton in all three High School Musical films and say hello to Joshua Bassett. Bassett will be playing a character named Ricky in the new series titled High School Musical: The Musical, teaming back up with Disney Channel after a recurring role in Stuck in the Middle. 

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While a lot of die-hard High School Musical fans may be skeptical of the new series, it actually does seem to have an interesting concept. Much in the vain of High School Musical 3: Senior Year, the series will feature an extremely meta premise, which finds a group of students at East High putting on a production of High School Musical. Each episode will feature a rendition of a song from the original film as well as a new number. It will be shot a la The Office in a mockumentary style as the students learn that just as much drama happens offstage as onstage.

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“As someone whose childhood was shaped by the cultural phenomenon that is High School Musical, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to continue to tell this story. Go Wildcats!” Bassett said in a statement. 

According to his character bio, Ricky is a “snarky sweetheart and a B-minus student, who is desperate to win back his ex-girlfriend Nini, so he auditions to star alongside her in the musical. But Ricky’s well-crafted reputation as a class clown is merely his attempt at covering his greatest fear: that he’s not really good at anything and has only made it this far in life by coasting on his charm.”

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After the success of the High School Musical film trilogy (2005-2009), which featured two record-breaking films on the network and a final installment in theaters, Disney has been trying to bring a new iteration to the screen and it seems like they may have just found the ticket with High School Musical: The Musical. What do you think about the new series? Is it enough to get you on board with Disney’s upcoming streaming venture?

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