Here Are 8 Facts About 'High School Musical' That You've Never Heard

Let’s reflect on this Fabulous trilogy.

From spawning the actors that are dominating our silver-screens to providing a soundtrack for our pre-pubescent lives, High School Musical undoubtedly shaped an entire generation. And so, to celebrate this iconic Disney Channel Original Movie, here are 8 things that you didn’t know about the High School Musical series. 

1. Coach Bolton and Ms Darbus Were Meant To Have A Duet

These two would have killed it, TBH. Credit: Disney Channel

Yep, we can’t believe it either. Apparently, the original script for the first film included a feud song between these two grown-ups, which we imagine would have been an extravagant dance number about sports vs. the arts. It sounds like a missed opportunity, TBH. 

2. The Casting Was Originally Going To Be Completely Different

Can you even imagine anyone else here?

Believe it or not, but there was once a time when a casting agent was considering Ashley Tisdale for the role of Gabriella, Corbin Bleu for the role of Ryan and Matthew Underwood for the role of Troy. Now, that’s a Zoey101 crossover I do not need.

3. “Bet On It” Took 6 Days To Film

Deserved the Oscar, TBH.

Considering the High Schoool Musical 2 film only took 24 days to film in total, it’s pretty shocking that this solo number took almost a week to complete. But, who are we to judge, it is, after all the most iconic performance in musical theatre history. And not just because it gave us this vine.

4. Fans Chose Elements Of The Second Movie

YOU could have decided the slogan! Credit: Disney Channel

It’s no wonder that High School Musical 2 is the most successful Disney Channel Original Movie of all time, given fans had a say in the making of the film. If you logged onto Disney Channel’s website in the early months of 2007, you could have completed a questionnaire that put a “PB&J” sandwich, a Chad slogan tee and Miley Cyrus in the film. Crazy right.

5. Zac Efron Barely Sang In The First Movie

These vocals? Not Zac’s.

Want the cold, hard truth? He sang about 3 lines. The person that actually provides those vocals is Drew Seeley who actually filled in for Zac in High School Musical: The Concert. The main reason being that Zac’s voice was too low to hit those high notes and the result saw pitched down songs that fit Zac’s range for High School Musical 2 and High School Musical 3: Senior Year

6. High School Musical 3, Was Meant To Be Haunted High School Musical

Honestly, neither.

Believe me, we wish we were joking. We’re not sure who is responsible for this idea, but we’re thinking it was someone who watched Lucas Grabeel in Halloweentown High. Regardless, thank God this idea was scrapped. I would not have been ready for a Thriller cover.

7. High School Musical 4 Is Happening? Maybe?

How would this even work?

Back in the day, there was a High School Musical 4 in the works that featured the characters introduced in Senior Year, but for one reason or another, the project was scrapped. That was, until a few years ago. 

In 2017, news surfaced that Disney was going to be making a fourth instalment of the film, which shifted focus from basketball to soccer, with an entirely new cast. Now, it’s still a possibility given the very successful revamp that is High School Musical: The Musical: The Series. Will there be another film? Only time will tell… 

8. It Wasn’t Actually Going To Be Called High School Musical

I can’t see any other title here.

Fun fact: The movie wasn’t actually going to be called High School Musical. Turns out, the name was a placeholder which never got changed. Thank God that it didn’t, because we can’t imagine this series being called anything different.  

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2020's Spiciest Feud Involved Maroon 5, The 1975 And Hot Chelle Rae


In news that I can’t believe I’m saying, Maroon 5, The 1975 and Hot Chelle Rae are having beef on Twitter and it’s as cringeworthy as it is hilarious. What a day for boybands, hey?

For essential context (that most of us definitely didn’t know), Maroon 5 haven’t always gone by the name “Maroon 5”. Before their massive breakthrough album Songs About Jane, the group released two albums under the band name “Kara’s Flowers” but changed names when they were dropped from their label. Which brings us to now. 

Adam Levine’s making new memories with this Twitter beef.

Over the weekend, Maroon 5-frontman, Adam Levine, took to Twitter to call out The 1975 for visual plagiarism of their earlier work. The tweet has since been deleted, but it said “‘Hey @the1975, you guys big ‘Kara’s Flowers’ fans?”, attaching images of their album cover next to the artwork of the new 1975 album. 

(Credit: Twitter)

It was at this point, that Matt Healy brutally shut down the pop-group, calling out Maroon 5’s 2012 single “Payphone”. Matt said, “I don’t know what the f**k that is but I love that song about being in a phone box or whatever it is”. Yikes. I’d Love It If We Made up.

But then, if you thought the situation couldn’t get any stranger, the forgotten-boyband Hot Chelle Rae entered the picture with their take. The band famous for their one-hit-wonder song “Tonight Tonight“, shared an image of their second album comparing it to the Maroon 5 and 1975 images. 

It was at this point, the internet took the situation into their own hands, sharing infamous logos and works by other artists that remotely resembled the colour scheme.

Oh and also, Twitter brought in other memes too.

Trust Twitter to take a meme and make an even bigger one.  

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Everything I Want Netflix To Spend Their $25 Billion Budget On

Just imagine, Veronica Mars, but on Mars.

Netflix has a ridiculous amount of money, we all knew this. But what you might not know, is just how much money this streaming-service actually has. In news that will blow your mind, it was just announced that Netflix will be spending billions more than they did last year. 

A new report from BMO Capital Markets predicts that the streaming-service will invest approximately $25 billion AUD into content this year. That’s a whole lot of Netflix and Chill. 

Given the critical success of films like Marriage Story and The Irishman, and the commercial success of The Good Place and The Crown, it’s no wonder Netflix is spending more money on content. It’s not just what they do best, it’s what they do! 

But until that content comes out, I’m forced to contemplate what Netflix can do with that insane amount of money. Here are some things that I would like:

A Harry Potter Reboot, Led By Ryan Murphy

Imagine these dance moves, but more.

Can you just imagine how fun a Harry Potter reboot would be if it had the campness of Ryan Murphy’s direction? Not to mention, the musical numbers would be off the chain! “You’re A Wizzard Harry” would absolutely go off on the ARIA charts and you know it. 

A High-Budget Round The Twist Revamp, Starring Lady Gaga

*ARTPOP plays in the background*

For most of us, Round The Twist was the show that scared us more than anything else in the world. It was an after-school nightmare wrapped up in a tight little package on ABC Kids. Oh, and there was the epic theme song as well.

I think that it’s time this weird-but-wonderful show got a revamp for the next generation, starring the one-and-only enigma, Lady Gaga. How crazy would that be? I’m getting chills just thinking about it. 

A Friends X Seinfield Crossover Reboot

This, but the Friends cast are also dancing.

There’s a lot of debate about which of these shows is funnier than the other. Hence, the only way to solve this debate is by putting them on the same show, pay them an obscene amount of money and observe who makes you laugh harder. Considering Veep has now wrapped up all filming and the Friends cast keep hanging out together, the timing couldn’t be better. 

That’s So Suite Life Of Hannah Montana 2, directed by Wes Anderson

Oh snap.

Speaking of crossovers, I am definitely expecting a revamp of the most iconic Disney Channel crossover. That’s So Suite Life Of Hannah Montana was the crossover between shows: That’s So Raven, Suite Life of Zach & Cody and Hannah Montana, and it was awesome. Now, imagine this, with the quirky direction from Wes Anderson. You’re welcome.

Veronica Mars, But On Mars

Next shot: Aliens.

Now, Netflix is going to have to buy this show off Stan but, we think that’s well within their budget. Further, now that Kristen Bell has finished up on The Good Place, it couldn’t be a better time to bring back this iconic character in a new setting. C’mon, you know you want to see her snarky sense of humour in space! Just think of her sassy interaction with all the aliens.

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