40 City North American Arena Tour Launches November 29th For High School Musical-The ConcertBURBANK, CA - November 1, 2006 -- "High School Musical: The Concert," a North American arena concert tour starring the multi-talented cast of the Emmy Award-winning Disney Channel Original Movie and pop culture phenomenon High School Musical, will begin November 29 in San Diego, California, launching a 40-city concert tour. Tickets go on sale beginning on Saturday, November 4 at 10:00 a.m. at Ticketmaster outlets and online at HighSchoolMusical.AEGLive.com.
Performing the hit songs from High School Musical's triple-platinum-selling soundtrack (which also is the #1 best-selling album of 2006 to date) are the multi-talented young stars (in alphabetical order): Corbin Bleu ("Chad"), Monique Coleman ("Taylor"), Lucas Grabeel ("Ryan"), Vanessa Hudgens ("Gabriella") and Ashley Tisdale ("Sharpay"). They will be joined by the Emmy Award-nominated singer/songwriter Drew Seeley, who co-wrote the hit "Get'cha Head in the Game" and contributed male vocals to the High School Musical and The Cheetah Girls 2 soundtracks. Zac Efron ("Troy") currently is filming the musical motion picture Hairspray and is unable to join the concert tour.
In addition to performing songs from High School Musical, the stars also will have breakout moments during each concert. Corbin Bleu, Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Tisdale will perform material from their current and/or forthcoming solo albums.
Emmy Award-winning director and choreographer Kenny Ortega is serving as creative director for "High School Musical: The Concert" and has assembled a world-class production team for the concert tour.
Bob Cavallo, Buena Vista Music Group Chairman, said, "'High School Musical: The Concert' is the logical next step in BVMGÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½s recently launched concert production arm. The segue from runaway hit Disney Channel original movie and biggest selling album of the year to concert arenas will be a great experience for the whole family. It follows on the heels of our record-breaking, sold-out The Cheetah Girls' tour with special guests Miley Cyrus, Vanessa Hudgens, Jordan Pruitt and Everlife."
Rich Ross, President, Disney Channel Worldwide, added, "This concert tour is the culmination of a landmark year where Disney Channel hits were built into music industry headlines by our colleagues at Walt Disney Records. As the High School Musical franchise burgeons, we are above all else grateful to our viewers and their parents for their appreciation of the movie and are thrilled to watch our multi-talented young stars launch a new facet of their careers - concert headliners."
The High School Musical soundtrack currently is the #1 album of the year and was the first-ever TV movie soundtrack to make it to #1 on Billboard's Top 200, where it spent two weeks in the top position. Among Walt Disney Records' other extensions of Disney Channel hits are the chart-busting soundtrack to The Cheetah Girls 2 and its wildly popular 74-city concert tour, and the soundtrack to the year's #1 series on basic cable among tweens, Hannah Montana, which became the first TV soundtrack ever to debut at #1 on Billboard's Top 200 this week. Walt Disney Records' sister label, Hollywood Records, recently released Vanessa Hudgens' solo debut album and will release Corbin Bleu's solo album early next year.
High School Musical has reached 58.7 million total viewers (unduplicated) worldwide and is projected to reach approximately 100 million by the end of the calendar year.