The Pittsburgh troupe is one of a handful of professional theatres snagging the rights to the new full-production of the show in the coming year. (Disney chose the theatres based on track records.) There is also a student/school version of the property that will emerge in the amateur market (with pre-recorded music).
Each theatre staging the show — about a brain and a jock falling in love as they become attracted to their school theatre program — will create its own production with its own creative team. Atlanta's Theatre of the Stars and North Carolina Theatre are among companies also planning the show for 2007.
In Pittsburgh, Disney's High School Musical will be performed at the Benedum Center June 5-17, 2007. An announcement for the full CLO season will be made in October.
Since its premiere on Jan. 20, 2006, "Disney's High School Musical" (the TV movie musical) has broken records in television viewership, CD sales and online sales. The premiere alone entertained more than 7.7 million viewers in five million households. To date, "High School Musical" has attracted more than 40 million viewers.
Disney's High School Musical "tells the story of a group of high school students dealing with issues of first love, the balance of education and activities, popularity and the value of friends and family." The international smash hit "is intertwined with themes of the importance of self-expression, self-worth and self-esteem. It’s about following your dreams and enjoying life in the process." *
Since 1946, the Pittsburgh CLO has been the driving force behind live musical theatre in Pittsburgh and the entire Southwestern Pennsylvania region. Pittsburgh CLO is a not-for-profit arts organization that has nearly 200,000 patrons each year. Its programs include the CLO Academy, the CLO Mini Stars, the Gene Kelly Awards, the Construction Center for the Arts and the CLO Cabaret.
For more information, visit www.pittsburghclo.org.