“High School Mu­si­cal” stars re­unite for trib­ute

10th an­niver­sary of TV movie to air on Dis­ney

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los an­ge­les» The stars of “High School Mu­si­cal” are re­unit­ing for a 10th-an­niver­sary trib­ute to the TV movie.

Ac­tors Vanessa Hud­gens, Ash­ley Tis­dale, Lu­cas Grabeel, Corbin Bleu and Monique Cole­man share mem­o­ries of the movie when it airs again at 6 p.m. MST Wed­nes­day on the Dis­ney Chan­nel.

Zac Efron, who played Troy op­po­site Hud­gens’ Gabriella, couldn’t at­tend the pre-taped group re­union be­cause it con­flicted with pro­mo­tion of his movie “Dirty Grandpa,” a chan­nel spokes­woman said. Efron recorded sep­a­rate re­marks that will be in­cluded in the broad­cast.

The “High School Mu­si­cal” reprise comes dur­ing a wave of TV mu­si­cal pop­u­lar­ity. NBC has aired a se­ries of live mu­si­cals and is aim­ing to put “Hair­spray” on in De­cem­ber, while Fox is show­ing a live pro­duc­tion of “Grease” on Jan. 31 and ABC has plans for a “Dirty Danc­ing” TV movie.

The Dis­ney movie and its se­quel, “High School Mu­si­cal 2,” will be re­peated on Thurs­day and on Sun­day, Jan. 24, on Dis­ney Chan­nel. The Freeform ca­ble chan­nel will show “High School Mu­si­cal” on Satur­day and Sun­day, Jan. 23 and 24.

Kenny Crook­ston, Getty Im­ages

From left, ac­tors Ash­ley Tis­dale, Zac Efron, Vanessa Hud­gens, Monique Cole­man and Corbin Bleu pose as pro­duc­tion started of “High School Mu­si­cal 3” in 2008. The cast is fea­tured in a 10th an­niver­sary TV spe­cial on Dis­ney.

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