High School Musical 2
High School Musical 2

Original Release:

August 17, 2007

Written By:

Peter Barsoccchini

Directed By:

Kenny Ortega


Bill Borden
Kenny Ortega

Production Company(s):

First Street Films
Salty Pictures


Disney-ABC Domestic Television

Original Network:

Disney Channel

Preceded By:

High School Musical

Followed By:

High School Musical 3: Senior Year

High School Musical 2 is a Disney Channel Original Movie and the second film in the High School Musical franchise. The world premiere took place on August 14, 2007 at Disneyland, in Anaheim, California. The film debuted on television on August 17, 2007 and was seen by a total of over 17.2 million viewers in the United States which is almost 10 million more than its predecessor, making it the highest rated Disney Channel Movie of all time as well as the highest rated basic cable telecast at the time.


The school year ends with everyone at East High School looking forward to summer vacaction ("What Time Is It?"). Troy Bolton is still dating Gabriella Montez, who decides to stay in Albuquerque with her mother. Troy eventually decides to look for a summer job to gain money for college.

Sharpay and Ryan Evans plan to spend part of the summer at their family's country club, Lava Springs ("Fabulous"), but Sharpay's summer plans also include pursuing Troy, whom she has arranged to be hired at the club. However, Troy convinces the club's manager, Mr. Fulton, into hiring Gabriella and their close group of friends as well; including Taylor McKessie and Chad Danforth. Sharpay is enraged upon learning that Gabriella is working as one of the lifeguards, but is unable to get her fired. So she orders Fulton to give them difficult tasks so they would be best to quit. Fulton attempts to intimidate the group, but Troy rebuilds their confidence and convinces them that they can persevere ("Work This Out").

Troy continues to worry about funding for college. Sharpay senses his need and arranges for Troy to be promoted, hoping that this will convince him to sing with her at the talent show. Meanwhile, Kelsi Nielsen writes a ballad for Troy and Gabriella. Troy agrees to sing with his friends in the show ("You Are the Music in Me"), not knowing that Sharpay is vying for his attention. (In the extended version, Sharpay and Ryan trap Troy as he prepares for a date with Gabriella, and perform their potential show stopper ("Humuhumunukunukuapua'a").

Ryan realises he does not mean much to Sharpay anymore, as she is ready to blow her brother aside for the opportunity to perform with Troy. This leads to tension between the twin siblings and Ryan angrily informs Sharpay that he will no longer obey his orders. Taylor and Gabriella invite Ryan to the baseball game, where he persuades the Wildcats to take part in the talent show ("I Don't Dance").

Troy and Gabriella's relationship is strained when Troy sees Ryan with Gabriella, sparking jealousy. Owing to a "promise" from Troy, he and Sharpay practice their song for the Midsummer Night's Talent Show ("You Are the Music in Me (Sharpay Version)".

When Sharpay discovers that Ryan and the Wildcats are putting together their own performance in the show, she orders Mr. Fulton to ban all junior staff members from performing. Gabriella angrily confronts Sharpay about her interference and quits her job at Lava Springs. Troy overhears the exchange, and tries to persuade Gabriella to change her mind. Gabriella expresses her loss of trust with Troy ("Gotta Go My Own Way") and leaves Lava Springs, and gives him the necklace back. It also seems that they have broken up.

Troy returns to work the next day to find that his friends refuse to talk to him. Kelsi silently shows Troy the notice from Mr. Fulton, causing Troy to question his own motivations ("Bet On It"). He begins to reconcile with Chad and his other friends. Then Troy confronts Sharpay, informing her that he will not be singing with her. The Wildcats and Chad forgive Troy for his absence and convince him to sing in the talent show, which he does only under the condition that they are all allowed to perform as well.

At Sharpay's supposed instruction, Ryan gives Troy a new song to learn moments before the show. As Troy goes onstage, he asks Sharpay why she switched the song, and Sharpay is shocked to find that her brother tricked her. Troy sings the song ("Everyday") alone, until Gabriella surprisingly joins him onstage. In the end, Sharpay proudly presents her brother, Ryan, with the award for the talent show. After the show, all of the Wildcats go to the golf course to enjoy the fireworks.

Everyone celebrates the end of the summer with a pool party ("All for One") which features a cameo appearance by Miley Cyrus.


See Also: List of High School Musical Characters

  • Zac Efron as Troy Bolton - The most popular male student at East High School, and the captain of the varsity basketball team. For this movie, Efron did all of his own singing, whereas in the first High School Musical, his singing voice was blended with singer Drew Seeley's voice.
  • Vanessa Hudgens as Gabriella Montez - Troy's girlfriend who is relieved that she will still be attending East High. She is the lifeguard at the Lava Springs Country Club.
  • Ashley Tisdale as Sharpay Evans - She is determined to win the talent show and sabotage Troy and Gabriella's relationship.
  • Lucas Grabeel as Ryan Evans - Sharpay's twin brother who lives in the shadow of his primadonna sister.
  • Corbin Bleu as Chad Danforth - Troy's best friend, and is very good friends with Jason Cross and Zeke Baylor.
  • Monique Coleman as Taylor McKessie - Gabriella's best friend. She is also friends with Kelsi and Martha Cox, and is dating Chad. She is captain of the school Scholastic Decathlon team. She has a summer job at Lava Springs as an Activities Coordinator.
  • Mark L. Taylor as Thomas Fulton - The manager of Lava Springs.
  • Bart Johnson as Jack Bolton - Troy's father and East High's basketball coach.
  • Robert Curtis Brown as Vance Evans - Sharpay and Ryan's father.
  • Jessica Tuck as Darby Evans - Sharpay and Ryan's mother and president of the Lava Springs Board.
  • Alyson Reed as Ms. Darbus - The stern drama teacher at East High.
  • Olesya Rulin as Kelsi Nielsen - A pianist and composer.
  • Chris Warren, Jr. as Zeke Baylor - Friends with Troy and Chad, and plays for the basketball team.
  • Ryne Sanborn as Jason Cross - Friends with Troy, Chad and Zeke and plays on the basketball team.
  • Kaycee Stroh as Martha Cox - Friends with Gabriella, Kelsi and Taylor.
  • Manly "Little Pickles" Ortega as Boi Evans - Sharpay's pet dog.
  • Tanya Chisholm, Kelli Baker and McCall Clark as The Sharpettes
  • Miley Cyrus as Girl at Pool - Unknown dance at the end of the film
  • Leslie Wing Pomeroy as Lucille Bolton - Troy's mother


See Also: High School Musical 2 (Soundtrack)

Song Primary Singer(s) Other Singers Scene
"What Time Is It?" Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Lucas Grabeel, Corbin Bleu and Monique Coleman Wildcats East High School's Classroom/Hallways/Cafeteria
"What Time Is It? (Reprise)" Efron, Hudgens, Tisdale, Grabeel, Bleu and Coleman Wildcats East High's School Grounds
"Fabulous" Tisdale Grabeel and The Sharpettes Lava Springs Pool
"Work This Out" Efron, Hudgens, Bleu, Coleman, Olesya Rulin, Chris Warren, Jr., Kaycee Stroh and Ryne Sanborn Wildcats and Kitchen Workers Lava Springs Kitchen
"You Are the Music in Me" Efron and Hudgens Rulin and Wildcats Lava Springs Dining Room
"Humuhumunukukukuapua'a" Tisdale and Grabeel The Sharpettes Lava Springs Backstage Room
"I Don't Dance" Bleu and Grabeel Baseball Players, Wildcats and Company Lava Springs Baseball Field
"You Are the Music in Me (Sharpay Version)" Tisdale and Efron The Sharpettes Lava Springs Stage
"Gotta Go My Own Way" Hudgens Efron Lava Springs Pool/Locker Room/Grounds
"Bet On It" Efron None Lava Springs Golf Course
"Everyday" Efron and Hudgens Wildcats and Company Lava Springs Stage
"All for One" Efron, Hudgens, Tisdale, Grabeel, Bleu and Coleman Rulin, Warren, Jr., Stroh, Sanborn, Wildcats and Company Lava Springs Pool


The first broadcast of the film on August 17, 2007 broke records, receiving 17.2 million viewers. This number made it, at the time, the most watched basic-cable telecast in history (the previous record held by an edition of ESPN's Monday Night Football between the New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys on October 23, 2006, which attracted 16 million viewers), the most-watched made-for-cable movie ever (the previous record held by TNT's January 21, 2001 airing of Crossfire Trial, which brought in 12.5 million viewers), and the largest audience of any program on broadcast or cable in the 2007 summer television season, along with Friday nights for the past five years. Ratings for the second showing of the movie fell to 8.4 million, and the third showing fell to 7.4 million, totalling the premiere weekend to 33.04 million viewers.

In Latin America, the premiere of High School Musical 2 was seen by 3.3 million viewers in the north region. The film was the most watched in its schedule, among all cable channels, and produced the highest rating of the channel, surpassing all original films of Disney Channel. Among other records, the premiere in Argentina surpassed the debut of High School Musical the last year, in a 107 percent, while in Brazil the sequel reached 208 percent, and Mexico did so with 61 percent. In the United Kingdom, the movie became Disney Channel UK's most viewed program ever, totalling 1.2 million viewers in its first showing.

The film received mixed to positive reviews from critics, gaining a score of 57% on Rotten Tomatoes while gaining a score of 72/100 at Metacritic. USA Today;s Robert Bianco awarded the film three stars our of four, saying High School Musical 2 was "sweet, smart, bursting with talent and energy, and awash in innocence." While critics enjoyed the film, they noted that the timing of the movie's premiere seemed odd, premiered just when school was about to start up again, while the movie's plot involved the gang going on summer Vacation. High School Musical 2 won the "So Hot Right Now" award at the Nickelodeon Australian Kids' Choice Awards 2007 in which High School Musical cast mate, Zac Efron hosted with Ther Veronicas.

High School Musical 2: On Stage!

See Also: High School Musical 2: On Stage!

Like the original High School Musical, the sequel has been adapted into two different theatrical productions, a one-act, 70-minute version and a two-act full length production. This stage production includes the song "Humumuhumunukunukuapua'a" that was left out of the original movie but included in the DVD. Through Music Theater International, Disney Theatrical began licensing the theatrical rights in October 2008. MTI had original recruited 7 schools to serve as tests for the new full-length adaptation, but due to complications with multiple drafts of both the script and the score, all but two schools were forced to drop out of the pilot program.

  • On May 18, 2008, Woodlands High School became the first school to produce High School Musical 2.
  • From July 17 - August 3, 2008, Harrell Theatre, in Collierville, Tennessee, was the first community theatre to perform the production, which featured both a senior cast and a junior cast.
  • From January 15 - February 15, 2009, the West Coact premiere production was presented by Pacific Repertory Theatre's School of Dramatic Arts. The production was directed by PacRep founder Stephen Moorer, who previously directed the California premiere of the first High School Musical.
  • From 6-8 April 2009, the UK premiere will be performed by StageDaze Theatre Company in Cardiff.


Year Award Category Recipient Result
2007 American Music Award Favorite Soundtrack High School Musical 2 Soundtrack Won
Bravo Magazine Award Bravo Otto for TV Star - Male Zac Efron Won
CMA Wild and Young Awards Best Single International "You Are the Music in Me" by Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens and written by Jamie Houston Won
Family Television Awards Best Actor Zac Efron Won
Nickelodeon Australian Kids' Choice Awards Fave Movie Star Zac Efron Won
So Hot Right Now! Won
Nickelodeon UK Kids' Choice Awards Best TV Actress Ashley Tisdale Won
Best TV Actor Zac Efron Nominated
People's Choice Awards Favorite Star Under 35 Zac Efron Won
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV: Movie Won
2008 ALMA Award Outstanding Director of a Made-for-TV Movie Kenny Ortega Won
ASTRA Awards Favourite International Program Won
Favourite International Personality or Actor Zac Efron Nominated
Cinema Audio Society Awards Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for Television Movies and Miniseries Douglas Cameron, Terry O'Bright and Keith Rogers Nominated
Directors Guild of America Award Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children's Program Kenny Ortega Nominated
Golden Reel Award Best Sound Editing - Music for Long Form Television Michael Dittrick and Amber Funk Won
Image Award Outstanding Children's Program Nominated
PGA Awards Outstanding Producer for Long-Form Television Bill Borden and Barry Rosenbush Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Choreography Kenny Ortega, Bonnie Story and Charles Klapow Nominated
Outstanding Children's Program Don Schain, Bill Borden and Barry Rosenbush Nominated
Television Critics Association Awards Outstanding Achievement in Children's Programming Nominated