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5 Fun Facts From The D23 Expo High School Musical: the Musical: the Series (phew!) Panel

5 Fun Facts From The D23 Expo High School Musical: the Musical: the Series (phew!) Panel

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My Now Streaming Disney Plus co-host, Andrea, asked me what I was most excited about after D23 Expo. I didn’t hesitate: High School Musical: the Musical: the Series.  Especially after seeing the first episode and cast interviews at the D23 Expo Panel. We’re all in this together, after all! 

CAST OF HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL: THE MUSICAL: THE SERIES, YVETTE NICOLE BROWN D23 Expo Disney Plus Panel

D23 EXPO 2019 – The Ultimate Disney Fan Event – brings together all the worlds of Disney under one roof for three packed days of presentations, pavilions, experiences, concerts, sneak peeks, shopping, and more. The event, which takes place August 23 – 25 at the Anaheim Convention Center, provides fans with unprecedented access to Disney films, television, games, theme parks, and celebrities. (The Walt Disney Company/Image Group LA)
CAST OF HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL: THE MUSICAL: THE SERIES, YVETTE NICOLE BROWN

High School Musical: the Musical: the Series (phew!) D23 Expo Panel

It’s got a crazy name, but, trust me- it works!

As a longtime Wildcat, I can tell you that I was completely on board when I heard there was a reboot coming. And I don’t always jump at the idea of reboots. 

But this story still needs to be told and I knew the kids at East High wouldn’t let me down. 

During the D23 Expo, I had a chance to see them perform live during the Disney+ Panel, watch the trailer, and then see the full episode in this later panel. 

I was singing We’re All In This Together all weekend long, much to my roomie’s chagrin. But she did vow to go back and watch all three movies and tune in for the show after I gushed profusely about it on the No-Guilt Fangirls Podcast. 

High School Musical: The Musical: The Series poster

 

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What Are The East High Wildcats Up To Now? 5 Fun Facts

Here are five fun facts I learned from my visit with the High School Musical: The Musical: The Series Cast.

1. First of all, they aren’t Wildcats.

East High never have been the Wildcats according to Mr. Mazzara, a no-nonsense teacher at the school. They are the East High Leopards.

2. This series isn’t only about a few big stars!

The side characters are getting their chance to shine as well.

Specifically called out for her moment by Showrunner Tim Federle was Julia Lester, who plays Ashlyn.

JULIA LESTER D23 Expo High School Musical the Musical the series

D23 EXPO 2019 – The Ultimate Disney Fan Event – brings together all the worlds of Disney under one roof for three packed days of presentations, pavilions, experiences, concerts, sneak peeks, shopping, and more. The event, which takes place August 23 – 25 at the Anaheim Convention Center, provides fans with unprecedented access to Disney films, television, games, theme parks, and celebrities. (The Walt Disney Company/Image Group LA)
JULIA LESTER

3. Who’s the biggest OG High School Musical fan?

They all love the original series (+1 from this fangirl!) but the entire cast looked down the row of chairs at one actor in particular. 

CAST OF HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL: THE MUSICAL: THE SERIES

D23 EXPO 2019 – The Ultimate Disney Fan Event – brings together all the worlds of Disney under one roof for three packed days of presentations, pavilions, experiences, concerts, sneak peeks, shopping, and more. The event, which takes place August 23 – 25 at the Anaheim Convention Center, provides fans with unprecedented access to Disney films, television, games, theme parks, and celebrities. (The Walt Disney Company/Image Group LA)
CAST OF HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL: THE MUSICAL: THE SERIES

Dara Renee (in all pink) got the vote for biggest HSM stan. 

I guess that makes her my new BFF, eh? DONE!

4. All the songs were recorded live. 

I mean, wow, that’s talent right there!

CAST OF HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL: THE MUSICAL: THE SERIES

D23 EXPO 2019 – The Ultimate Disney Fan Event – brings together all the worlds of Disney under one roof for three packed days of presentations, pavilions, experiences, concerts, sneak peeks, shopping, and more. The event, which takes place August 23 – 25 at the Anaheim Convention Center, provides fans with unprecedented access to Disney films, television, games, theme parks, and celebrities. (The Walt Disney Company/Image Group LA)
CAST OF HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL: THE MUSICAL: THE SERIES

They did not record the songs and lipsync for video but did it all at once. Singing and dancing and hitting those marks AND notes. 

Impressive, most impressive. 

Wait until you see this cast and their chemistry. It will blow you away!

5. #TeamRicky or #TeamEJ?

The main story revolves around a love triangle of the characters Nini, Ricky and EJ. 

And the cast couldn’t even decide which they were rooting for! Because you kinda love both of the guys vying for this girl’s attention. 

hsm all in this together d23 expo

However, one cast member confessed he was solidly #TeamRicky. 

If you guessed Matt Cornett, who plays EJ of all people, you’d be right! 

“Even I was on team Ricky during the filming!” he told us to a roar of laughter. 

The 10-episode series debuts on Disney+ on November 12, 2019. 

ps- we saw the first episode and it’s WONDERFUL! We laughed, we sighed, we sang along- it’s everything you want a HSM reboot to be (minus Zac Efron cameo, but hey, it still has my attention!)

High School Musical: The Musical: The Series Trailer

The 10-episode scripted series, set as the real-life East High, where the original movie was filmed, follows a group of students as they countdown to opening night of their school’s first-ever production of “High School Musical.”

With meta-references and some docu-style elements, it’s a modern take on the “classic” from 15 years ago. Show-mances blossom; friendships are tested, while new ones are made; rivalries flare; songs are sung; and lives are changed forever as these young people discover the transformative power that only high school theater can provide.

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