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High School Musical celebrating 10-year milestone

Stars of Disney hit reunite for special showing of the movie to mark anniversary.

It was a major force on the licensing landscape back in 2006, and now the stars of High School Musical have reunited to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the hit franchise.

Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Lucas Grabeel, Corbin Bleu and Monique Coleman will take part in a special telecast on the Disney Channel on Wednesday January 20.

The group have recorded nostalgic interstitial segments, as well as being interviewed for Radio Disney Insider. Fellow star Zac Efron will join the telecast in a pre-taped message.

The movie and its sequel will then be shown on Disney Channel on Thursday January 21 and Sunday January 24.

Gary Marsh, president and chief creative officer, Disney Channels Worldwide, said: “Seeing the cast of High School Musical back together again reaffirms what made it special 10 years ago.

“It’s their optimism, their dedication and their extraordinary talent – as a group – that made this such an exceptional movie and cultural phenomenon. Ten years later, the movie continues to delight audiences around the globe, not just for its memorable song and dance numbers, but for its universal themes that continue to resonate with fans everywhere – express yourself, believe in yourself and always follow your dreams.”

The movie premiered on the Disney Channel on January 20, 2006, delivering 7.7 million total viewers in the US, at the time the highest ratings for any telecast ever on the channel.

Around the world that year alone, it went on to reach more than 100 million unduplicated viewers.

High School Musical was a huge hit in the licensing space, inspiring professional touring stage productions, High School Musical: The Ice Tour produced by Feld Entertainment, Kenny Ortega and Disney Theatrical Productions, a best-selling junior novel, consumer products, a themed show at Disneyland Parks and Resorts in Anaheim, Orlando and Paris, and a sold-out, 52-date arena concert tour in North America and Latin America.

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