By Andrew Gans
07 Oct 2008
Paper Mill artistic director Mark S. Hoebee will direct the musical, which will play the New Jersey venue Nov. 5-Dec. 7. Denis Jones will choreograph.
Additional casting will be announced shortly.
Disney's High School Musical, according to press notes, "is a contemporary Romeo and Juliet musical comedy. Troy, captain of the basketball team, and Gabriella, a shy academically gifted transfer student discover they share a secret passion for singing. When they audition together for the lead roles in the school musical, it threatens East High's rigid social order and sends their peers into an uproar. The 'jocks,' 'brainiacs,' and 'thespians' hatch convoluted plots to separate the pair and keep them off the stage. However, by taking chances and defying expectations, the couple inspires other students to explore and showcase their own hidden talents."
Bailey Hanks is currently making her Broadway debut as Elle Woods in Broadway's Legally Blonde, following her win on the MTV reality show, "Legally Blonde The Musical: The Search for Elle Woods." An Anderson, SC native, Hanks was a musical theatre student at Coastal Carolina University. Among her previous stage credits are The Wizard of Oz, Seussical the Musical, A Year With Frog and Toad, Annie and Bye Bye Birdie.