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High School Musical is a 2006 American musical television film written by Peter Barsocchini, directed by Kenny Ortega. It is the first installment in the High School Musical trilogy.
With a plot described by the author and numerous critics as a modern adaptation of Romeo & Juliet, High School Musical is a story about two high school juniors from rival cliques – Troy Bolton (Zac Efron), captain of the basketball team, and Gabriella Montez (Vanessa Hudgens), a shy transfer student who excels in mathematics and science. Together, they try out for the lead parts in their high school musical, and this causes division among all the school's students. Despite other students' attempts to thwart their dreams, Troy and Gabriella aim to resist peer pressure and rivalry and wish to inspire others along the way not to "stick to the status quo". However, they have to battle high school diva Sharpay Evans (Ashley Tisdale) and her twin brother Ryan (Lucas Grabeel), who seek to sabotage the friendship and romance between Troy and Gabriella and gain the leads in the school musical.
High School Musical was filmed in Utah, with East High School and Murray High School used as locations, as well as Salt Lake City. Murray High School was also the set of other Disney productions: Take Down (1979), Read It and Weep (2006), Minutemen (2008), and High School Musical: Get in the Picture (2008). Additional scenes were filmed in Los Angeles.
Upon its release on January 20, 2006, it became the most commercially successful Disney Channel Original Movie (DCOM) ever produced. In the U.S., High School Musical generated 7.7 million viewers in its premiere broadcast, which is one of the highest the network has generated. Internationally, the film has also seen considerable success; as of 2019, High School Musical has been estimated to have been broadcast to over 225 million viewers. Meanwhile, the film's soundtrack was also successful as it peaked at number one in the United States, while its lead single, "Breaking Free", reached number four. The film and soundtrack received generally mixed reviews from critics, whereas fan reception was more positive.The film's success spawned a media franchise and series of sequels, High School Musical 2 (2007) and High School Musical 3: Senior Year (2008), with the latter also being released theatrically. It is the first DCOM to have a theatrical sequel. Upon the film's tenth anniversary in January 2016, Hudgens, Tisdale, Grabeel, Corbin Bleu, and Monique Coleman reunited in a Los Angeles high school gym (decorated to resemble the gym used in the film) to commemorate and celebrate its release, while Efron sent a video to acknowledge the film's cast, crew, and fans..