By Zach Johnson
We think you kinda, you know, can’t wait for May 8!
For one night only, Disney Channel will present a special season one marathon of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series. The nonstop fun will start Saturday, May 8, at 5 p.m. ET/PT in advance of the hit series’ season two premiere on Friday, May 14, on Disney+.
Inspired by the pop culture sensation High School Musical, the original series was created by and is executive produced by Tim Federle. High School Musical: The Musical: The Series stars Olivia Rodrigo as Nini, Joshua Bassett as Ricky, Sofia Wylie as Gina, Matt Cornett as E.J., Larry Saperstein as Big Red, Julia Lester as Ashlyn, Dara Reneé as Kourtney, Frankie Rodriguez as Carlos, Joe Serafini as Seb, Mark St. Cyr as Mr. Mazzara, and Kate Reinders as Miss Jenn. Disney Channel’s break-free marathon will feature sneak peeks from season two, plus a new musical number performed by Nini and Ricky, special messages from the cast, fan-favorite “Buspool Karaoke” music videos, and more! Want to sing along as you watch? The season one soundtrack is currently available to stream on all music platforms.
Can’t wait until May 8? The cast shared their favorite season one moments below:
“For everyone who was there at the birth of High School Musical on Disney Channel 15 years ago, this is like a homecoming!” said Gary Marsh, president and chief creative officer, Disney Branded Television. “And whether you’ll be experiencing the new series for the very first time, or just want to relive the drama and magic of season one ahead of the season two premiere, viewers will get to see it on the platform where it all began… ‘Bet on it!’”
Season one of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series picks up nearly 15 years after the original movie became a global phenomenon, at the real-life location where it all began: East High. It follows a group of students as they count down to opening night of their school’s first-ever production of High School Musical. “Show-mances” blossom; friendships are tested as new ones are made; rivalries flare; and lives are changed forever as these students discover the transformative power unique to a high school drama club. The series features original songs and acoustic reinterpretations of songs from the first film.