The First-Look at the New High School Musical Series is Here and We’re Freaking Out

It’s the start of something new… literally.


It’s back and better than ever!

Earlier this year, Disney revealed that the High School Musical franchise will return for the new generation in High School Musical: The Musical: The Series later this year on the network’s new streaming platform Disney+.

At D23 Expo in Anaheim yesterday (August 24), OG HSM star Corbin Bleu introduced the cast of the highly anticipated series along with a first-look trailer before a screening of the first episode for Disney fans in attendance.

From creator and executive producer Tim Federle (“Ferdinand”), High School Musical: The Musical: The Series follows the East High drama club as they work their way to opening night of their school’s first-ever production of “High School Musical.” Show-mances blossom, old friendships are tested while new ones are made, rivalries flare, and lives are changed forever as these young people discover the transformative power that only high school theater can provide.

The new student body includes Ricky (Joshua Bassett), a charismatic teen auditioning for the musical so he can win back the heart of ex-girlfriend Nini (Olivia Rodrigo), who has just returned from summer theater camp with a new boyfriend—and the same old insecurities that keep her from owning the spotlight; Miss Jenn (Kate Reinders), East High’s supremely spirited drama teacher, who is convinced that musicals can be lifesavers; Gina (Sofia Wylie), a transfer student and diehard theater kid with plenty of secrets; E.J. (Matt Cornett), Nini’s new beau from camp, who sees life as a competition and Ricky as his number-one foe; Kourtney (Dara Reneé), Nini’s best friend and a fashionista equally obsessed with makeup tutorials and feminism; Ashlyn (Julia Lester), E.J.’s cousin and an aspiring songwriter, Carlos (Frankie A. Rodriguez), the student choreographer who has already memorized his Tony Awards speech; Big Red (Larry Saperstein), Ricky’s best friend, a dude who can best be described as a spiritual descendant of Bill and Ted; and Mr. Mazzara (Mark St. Cyr), East High’s by-the-book S.T.E.M. teacher.

High School Musical: The Musical: The Series will premiere on November 12 exclusively on Disney+.

Click through the gallery for some first-look photos.

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Written by Juliet Schroder

Juliet is the founder and executive producer/host of Celeb Secrets and Celeb Secrets Country. When not reporting on the latest news in pop culture and country music, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and exploring the latest fashion trends.

Juliet holds a B.S. in marketing from St. John's University.