The original cast of High School Musical met for the first time in more than a decade for ABC’s Disney Family Singalong on Thursday evening.
Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Corbin Bleu, Monique Coleman and Lucas Grabeel led the way, remotely, from their home for a performance of We All In This Together from the original Disney Channel film.
And what better way to start the anthem than to have the host of the show Ryan Seacrest deliver it to Zac Efron for the introduction.
Class reunion: Zac Efron presented the high school musical reunion during the ABC Disney special The Singalong Family on Thursday evening
Class reunion: Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Corbin Bleu, Monique Coleman and Lucas Grabeel led the way, via a remote control, from their home for a performance of We are all in this set of the original Disney Channel film
“Hi everyone and I hope you are safe and healthy, you are doing as well as you can in these unprecedented times,” Efron started in the middle of his home receiver due to the coronavirus crisis. .
“It is with great pleasure that I present a musical performance by some of my oldest and new friends.”
He concluded by adding, “I hope you enjoy and remember that we are all in the same boat. “
Host with the most: Ryan Seacrest was the host of the Disney special
Classy: “It is my greatest pleasure to present a musical performance by some of my old and new friends,” said Efron during his introduction.
They’re all in the same boat: the director of the school’s musical trilogy, Kenny Ortega, has joined the top five actors
After Efron’s elegant words, Seacrest presented him to the man who directed the high school’s musical trilogy, Kenny Ortega.
He then joined the class reunion with Hudgens, Tisdale, Bleu, Coleman and Grabeel for the rendering of We All In This Together from the original Disney Channel film.
The stars of Descendants, High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, Zombies, as well as Raven-Symoné, Dove Cameron, Sofia Carson, Meg Donnelly and Milo Manheim joined them in the performance.
Safety first: each of the actors and stars invited practiced social distancing and played from the limits of their own house
Teamwork: the stars of Descendants, High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, Zombies, as well as Raven-Symoné, Dove Cameron, Sofia Carson, Meg Donnelly and Milo Manheim joined the performance.
One world! We are all in the same boat has become a rallying call, people around the world self-quarantine to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic
Ortega revealed that the request to participate in the singalong special came directly from Disney CEO Bob Iger, who left no hesitation on his part.
“I wanted to find something I could do to participate and it was so great to receive the call and be invited by ABC to join,” he said.
“It gave me a purpose to get up every morning. I feel really good that we have an opportunity to do something like this – it’s good medicine. “
The gang is back! Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Tisdale are arguably the most recognizable stars in the original High School musical cast; they are represented in 2006
Nailed: “I wanted to find something I could do to participate and it was so great to receive the call and be invited by ABC to join,” said Original High School music director Kenny Ortega; he is photographed in July
Last but not least: Apparently everyone was thrilled to be part of the meeting, but it took a little more quarreling to get their hands on Zac Efron; he is pictured with Hudgens shown in 2008
Apparently everyone was thrilled to be part of the meeting, but it took a little more wrangling to get their hands on Zac Efron.
“We couldn’t reach Zac until late, but when we did, he immediately jumped, of course,” said Ortega.
East High Wildcat’s original song, I’m All In This Together, has become a rallying call as people around the world quarantine themselves to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
“You hear these words chanted – I received videos of doctors, nurses, nurses and health professionals wearing masks and hospital coats, singing We are all gathered in the corridors of hospitals” , added Ortega.
photo from High School Musical (2006)
Credit due: Ortega credits Ashely Tisdale with the spread of the movements that we all came together in the wake of the coronavirus crisis
He credited one of the show’s stars for renewing the song’s popularity through his social media videos.
“I think Ashley [Tisdale] started this whole movement with his personal video, “he said. “I can’t imagine that Matthew Gerrard and Robbie Nevil, who wrote this song, had an idea that she would have legs and maybe more than now when we did it.
“These artists who have come together are heroes,” he continued. “There are young people out there who admire these people and have had them for a long time. Seeing them in their own living room and in their sweatpants with their families helps everyone understand the truth behind these words – we are all together under various circumstances. We have to feel this business.
The Disney Singalong family also presented a host of famous guests, including Christina Aguilera, Michael Bublé, Kristin Chenoweth, Auliʻi Cravalho, Amber Riley, John Stamos, Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato, Alan Menken, Elle Fanning, Josh Groban, Darren Criss , Tori Kelly, among others.
Familiar face: Raven-Symoné, the star of So Raven and Cheetah Girls, was also one of the regulars from Disney Channel who joined the special; she is photographed in June
Representative: members of the Disney Descendants cast lent their skills
Courtyard: Stars of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series also participated; in the photo are Joshua Bassett, Olivia Rodrigo, Sofia Wylie, Matt Cornett, Dara Renee, Frankie A. Rodriguez, Julia Lester and Larry Saperstein