Corbin Bleu (Chad Danforth) recently returned to the franchise for the third season, and after the incredible feedback, he will soon be joined by even more of his Disney Channel family for the upcoming fourth season of the series!
Monique Coleman, Lucas Grabeel, and More Return to “High School Musical” Franchise
Original “High School Musical” franchise cast members Corbin Bleu (Chad Danforth), Monique Coleman (Taylor McKessie), Lucas Grabeel (Ryan Evans), Bart Johnson (Coach Jack Bolton), Alyson Reed (Ms. Darbus) and Kaycee Stroh (Martha Cox) will join the Disney+ series for the upcoming fourth season, according to Deadline.
In addition to the original “High School Musical” members, fans of the show can expect to see Kylie Cantrall (“Bizaardvark”), Matthew Sato (“Doogie Kamealoha, M.D.”), TikToker Caitlin Reilly and Vasthy Mompoint (“The SpongeBob Musical: Live on Stage!”) join the cast in recurring guest star roles.
Unfortunately, those noticeably missing from the lineup are Ashley Tisdale (Sharpay Evans), Vanessa Hudgens (Gabriella Montez), and Zac Efron (Troy Bolton). At this time, there is no word on if these three original members will return to the franchise.
“High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” Season Four
Fans of the show can expect “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series.” regulars to return for the fourth season as Joshua Bassett (Ricky), Sofia Wylie (Gina), Dara Reneé (Kourtney), Julia Lester (Ashlyn), Frankie Rodriguez (Carlos), Kate Reinders (Miss Jenn) and Liamani Segura (Emmy) have all been confirmed.
The upcoming season of the Disney+ original will follow Wildcats as they return to East High after a long summer, in preparation of a stage production of “High School Musical 3: Senior Year”:
After an epic summer at Camp Shallow Lake, the Wildcats return to East High where they prepare a stage production of “High School Musical 3: Senior Year.” But plans are disrupted when Principal Gutierrez announces that Disney has decided to make the long-awaited “High School Musical 4: The Reunion” movie on location at their beloved high school. Bleu, as well as Coleman, Grabeel, Johnson, Reed and Stroh will play themselves, resurrecting their High School Musical roles as Chad Danforth, Taylor McKessie, Ryan Evans, Coach Jack Bolton, Ms. Darbus and Martha Cox, respectively.
Is a Full “High School Musical” Reunion on the Way?
“High School Musical” showrunner Tim Federle recently spoke out on Corbin Bleu’s return to the franchise. “Corbin had such a good time this season, he said, ‘If you ever want me to come back, just know this has been so much fun,’” Federle explained.
Federle went on to explain how Bleu’s return to the franchise gave him an idea to bring back the rest of the original cast into the story. “So that sort of inspired me to think, ‘What if our kids went back to school and had to be extras in a movie?’ Our show is so absurdly meta, it’s just going to turn into Inception one day. We’re really excited,” he said.
“I’m going to chalk that up to being a remarkable coincidence, but we’d love to get Zac and Vanessa and all of them back, so we’re actively working on that right now,” the “High School Musical” showrunner continued.