It sounds like Disney has high hopes for its upcoming series High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, as it has already been renewed for a second season on Disney+, just a few weeks before season one is set to launch.
The 10-episode series will take place 15 years after the original film. The series will have new songs, with reinterpretations of songs from the original movie as well.
The series stars Joshua Bassett, Olivia Rodrigo, Kate Reinders, Sofia Wylie, Matt Cornett, Dara Renee, Julia Lester, Frankie Rodriguez, Larry Saperstein, and Mark St. Cyr.
Bassett plays Ricky, a “skate rat” junior auditioning to be the lead to prove himself to his ex-girlfriend, Nini (Rodrigo), who just got back from theater camp “after finding her voice, her confidence, and her new boyfriend.” Nini also has two moms, which makes us want to “Bop to the Top.”
Reinders joins as Miss Jenn, the “high-energy, low-reality drama teacher who believes musicals can save lives.” She’s often at odds with St. Cyr’s Mr. Mazzara, the kids’ S.T.E.M. teacher who’s all about preparing his students for the reality of the world.
Wylie plays Gina, an “ambitious and entitled” transfer student “with as many skeletons in the closet as she has credits on her résumé.” She’s not happy that she got placed as the understudy. Cornett’s E.J. is co-captain of the water polo team, senior class treasurer, a trust fund baby, and he’s eyeing the lead role in High School Musical: The Musical.
High School Musical: The Musical: The Series becomes the second series on the streaming service to get renewed for a second season, as the upcoming live-action Star Wars series The Mandalorian was renewed earlier this Summer. Disney+ launches on November 12. For more information and/or to sign-up early to Disney+, visit disneyplus.com.