High School Musical 2 Launches TV Reality Contest for Actor to Play Troy Bolton

News   High School Musical 2 Launches TV Reality Contest for Actor to Play Troy Bolton The new stage version of High School Musical 2, which kicks off a U.K. tour at London's Wimbledon Theatre in August, will seek a lead actor to play the role of Troy Bolton via a reality TV casting program on GMTV.

Pre-registration, by e-mailing name and mobile number to auditions@stage-entertainment.uk.com, closes at midnight April 16. Entrants will then be contacted on April 17 to arrange attendance at an audition, to be held in central London on April 19 and 20.

Performers will be shortlisted from the auditions, and the chosen finalists will perform live on GMTV during the week of May 4. There will then be a public vote on GMTV for viewers to choose their favorite Troy. The winning performer will be announced on air on GMTV on May 8, and go on to star in the touring production.

According to the casting notice, the criteria for entry is that actors "must be male, at least 5'8" tall, between the ages of 18 and 25 years, and have a tenor vocal range."

The creative team behind High School Musical Live on Stage! are reuniting to present this new stage version of the 2007 TV movie sequel, "High School Musical 2," which will launch a U.K. tour at London's Wimbledon Theatre in August. The production is currently booking to Jan. 2, 2010, with further dates to be announced for 2010.

Featuring a book by David Simpatico (adapted from the original film script by Peter Barsocchini), the score includes all the songs from the original chart-topping sequel's soundtrack, including "What Time Is it?," "You Are the Music in Me" and "Fabulous." The production is to be directed by Jeff Calhoun, whose credits include the Broadway revivals of Grease and Big River and the U.S. and U.K. stage versions of High School Musical Live On Stage! The production team also includes choreographer Lisa Stevens and scenic designer Kenneth Foy. Casting will be announced later in the year.

The show is produced by Stage Entertainment UK Ltd in association with Disney Theatrical Productions. In a press statement, Steve Fickinger, Disney Theatrical's Vice President of Licensing, said, "We at Disney are thrilled that the UK has so enthusiastically embraced the stage adaptation of High School Musical, and we can't wait to share the continuing adventures of Troy, Gabriella, and all your favourite Wildcats with High School Musical 2."

Bill Taylor, CEO of Stage Entertainment UK, added, "We are delighted to continue the partnership with our friends at Disney to bring the next part of the High School story to audiences in Britain and Ireland. This tour has been very carefully priced in such a way as to make it accessible for families to enjoy the show together. I've never known an audience reaction like that which we experience at High School Musical shows and we look forward to welcoming more people, young and old, for the second instalment."

First broadcast in September 2007, the Disney Channel's "High School Musical 2" has been seen by over 273 million unique viewers worldwide. It has since been followed by "High School Musical 3," which was given a theatrical release in cinemas.

The tour will commence at Wimbledon New Theatre, beginning performances Aug. 22 for a run to Sept. 5, then continue to Plymouth's Theatre Royal (Sept. 7-12), Sheffield's Lyceum (Sept. 14-19), Oxford's New Theatre (Sept. 21-26), Manchester's Opera House (Sept. 28-Oct. 10), Brighton Centre (Oct. 15-18), Wolverhampton's Grand Theatre (Oct. 20-24), Southampton's Mayflower (Oct. 26-Nov. 7), Leeds' Grand Theatre (Nov. 9-14), Belfast's Opera House (Nov. 16-21) and Birmingham's Alexandra (Dec. 15-Jan. 2).

For further details visit the website www.HSMonstage.co.uk.

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