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"High School Musical on Tour" to finally hit the road on November 30th

"High School Musical on Tour" to finally hit the road on November 30th

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Care to guess what the hottest concert ticket for the month of September was?

No, it wasn't Streisand or the Stones ...


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But -- rather -- the Cheetah Girls.


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I'm serious. The Cheetah Girls.

According to the TicketsNow Entertainment Index, that Disney-manufactured singing group actually sold more tickets on the secondary market last month than either Barbra Streisand and the Rolling Stones. Now in the middle of a virtually sold-out 60-city tour, the Cheetahs are sure to hang onto that top spot for another 10 days or so.

At least 'til the tickets for "High School Musical on Tour" go on sale on November 4th.


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Pre-production & rehearsal for this 40-city concert tour actually began back on October 15th. Kenny Ortega, the Emmy Award-winning director & choreographer of the original "High School Musical" TV movie, is serving as creative director for the tour. Which is being staged by the Buena Vista Music Group, the recording and music publishing arm for The Walt Disney Company.

Mind you, not every member of the cast is ready right now to take part in rehearsals for "High School Musical on Tour." Take -- for example -- Monique Coleman ...


Louis Van Amstel & Monique Coleman on "Dancing with the Stars"
Copyright 2006 American Broadcasting Company

... She's still appearing on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars." Which won't actually wrap production of its third season 'til November 15th.

And then there's Vanessa Hudgens. Who -- in support of her debut album, "V" -- ...


Copyright 2006 Hollywood Records

... has recently been appearing as the Cheetah Girl's opening act on their concert tour.

Whereas Zac Efron is still in the middle of shooting the movie version of the Broadway musical, "Hairspray." Which is why the role of Troy in "High School Musical on Tour" will be played by Andrew Seeley.


Zac Efron (right) and Andrew Seeley (left)
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Anywho ... Coleman, Hudgens and Seeley will be joined on stage by Ashley Tisdale, Lucas Grabeel and Corbin Bleu when "High School Musical on Tour" officially gets underway on the night of November 30th with a performance at San Diego's ipayOne Center.


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In the week-to-10-days that follows, the cast will be performing double duty. Appearing in "High School Musical on Tour" at night, while doing interviews & making personal appearances during the day to help support the release of the "High School Musical Remix" DVD. This new 2-disc version of this Disney Channel Original that hits store shelves on December 5th.


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After that, the cast is on the road for most of December & January (With just three days off over Christmas and two days over New Years). "High School Musical on Tour" then completes its run with a performance in Las Vegas on January 28th. Then -- after a brief breather -- the cast regroups in February to begin shooting "High School Musical II." Which is due to debut on the Disney Channel in August of 2007.

Though not all of the performance venues for "High School Musical on Tour" have officially been finalized yet, here are the tentative dates & locations of the various stops on this concert tour:

Location
Performance Date
San Diego
November 30th
Glendale, AZ
December 3rd
Sacramento, CA
December 5th
San Jose, CA
December 6th
Stockton, CA
December 7th
Bakersfield, CA
December 8th
Portland, OR
December 10th
Seattle, WA
December 11th
Salt Lake City, UT
December 13th
Bossier City, LA
December 16th
Dallas, TX
December 17th
Houston, TX
December 18th
Tampa, FL
December 20th
Jacksonville, FL
December 21st
Columbia, SC
December 22nd
Charlotte, NC
December 23rd
Greensboro, NC
December 27th
Washington D.C.
December 28th
Long Island, NY
December 29th
Manchester, NH
December 30th
Toronto, ON
January 2nd
Rochester, NY
January 3rd
Hartford, CT
January 4th
Pittsburgh, PA
January 6th
Albany, NY
January 7th
East Rutherford, NJ
January 8th
Worcester, MA
January 10th
Philadelphia, PA
January 11th
Cincinnati, OH
January 13th
Cleveland, OH
January 14th
Auburn Hills, MI
January 16th
Indianpolis, IN
January 17th
Columbus, OH
January 18th
Chicago, IL
January 19th
Milwaukke, WI
January 21st
St. Louis, MO
January 22nd
Kansas City, MO
January 23rd
Anaheim, CA
January 26th
Fresno, CA
January 27th
Las Vegas, NV
January 28th

Mind you, if "High School Musical on Tour" isn't coming to a concert hall near you, there's always the "High School Musical Pep Rally" ...


Photo by Jeff Lange

... Which is now being presented daily at both Disney's California Adventure as well as WDW's Magic Kingdom.


Photo by Jeff Lange

In this 20-minute-long show, Disney cast members recreate memorable numbers from this TV movie, including "Get'cha Head in the Game" ...


Photo by Jeff Lange

... and "Stick to the Status Quo."


Photo by Jeff Lange

As you can see by the sign below, the "High School Musical Pep Rally" is presented numerous times over the course of a day at the Magic Kingdom.


Photo by Jeff Lange

 

All this -- plus the countless productions of the stage version of "High School Musical" that will be presented around the country in the coming months -- makes one wonder: Is the Walt Disney Company's current strategy for cashing in on the "High School School" phenomenon a bit too much? Is the Mouse perhaps now in danger of over-milking its newest cash cow? Or will launching this new arena show as well as staging HSM pep rallies at the parks just whet people's appetites for "High School Musical II"?

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  • We're talking mainstream to pre-teens though. And while it did sell millions. Once these pre-teens grow up and get a sense of taste, they'll realize its crap.

    Any generation can look back at what was popular when they were kids, and watch it now, and see how bad and corny it was. But we were kids, and didnt know any better.

    Like the Muppets Wizard of Oz thing. Baaaaad. But kids probably liked it.
  • Mainstream to upper and middle-class household preteens, who have more spending money than others. I suspect it being so tied in with the iPod is another factor. You can really stew on things there.
  • I must be the only one who thought HSM 2 could have been a successful feature film release.
  • Oh, and isn't the Dead Man's Chest DVD coming out on Dec. 5th too?  Guess Disney will have the top 2 sellers that week.
  • My daughter's High school is putting on HSM as their fall play.  She is a senior and has participated in over 10 seperate plays during her high school career and ticket sales for HSM are over the top.  This will be by far the best selling show they have ever done.  They are even adding an extra date to accomadate the rush for tickets.  So while some say that it is a pre teen thing, our entire community is excited to see it on stage.  My daughter is "Sharpay"....looking forward to opening night
  • My daughter's High school is putting on HSM as their fall play.  She is a senior and has participated in over 10 seperate plays during her high school career and ticket sales for HSM are over the top.  This will be by far the best selling show they have ever done.  They are even adding an extra date to accomadate the rush for tickets.  So while some say that it is a pre teen thing, our entire community is excited to see it on stage.  My daughter is "Sharpay"....looking forward to opening night
  • So basically...

    GARBAGE SELLS
  • Saw the revised version of HSM at disneyworld this last weekend.  They really "Rocked Tomorrow Land".  There are now 11 performers, the stage is 3 times the original size and the actors are just wonderful.  What fun entertainment.  In this case MK surpassed DCA.  
  • ok people, say what u want about HSM, but I am a loyal fan along with a million other people, and Disney might be taking it too far,but atleast people can get as much HSM as they freakin want! So I think its all good and yall need to stop badmouthing it!!

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