Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies is not the only stage sequel to hit the stage this year. After the buzz of High School Musical’s arrival last year, Britain’s theatres are now preparing for the second chapter. However, will last summer’s triumph be repeated?
It has been rumoured that instead of a regional tour and a London show running simultaneously like last year, one production of High School Musical 2 will tour the UK before settling at a London venue. However, with a recession on and the tour likely to run into term time, it looks unlikely that HSM 2 will mirror the amazing achievement of its forerunner. Possibly with this in mind, producers have launched a nationwide search for a leading man, looking for an athletic 18 to 25 year old to be Britain’s very own Troy Bolton.
High School Musical 2, the story of the East High gang’s frolics at a holiday resort one summer, will no doubt benefit from the widespread free publicity only a TV talent show can provide. Being broadcast as part of GMTV, it may not reap the constant exposure and media coverage enjoyed by prime time talent shows such as ITV’s Grease is the Word or the BBC’s I’d Do Anything, but it will certainly reap a huge following from the morning show’s millions of viewers. After all, with only a limited run, it is not long term success HSM2 is aiming for, rather a second dose of the short, sharp burst of Wildcat mania that swept through Britain last year.
The search for Troy Bolton will be shown on GMTV from next week and the winner will be announced on Friday 8 May. High School Musical 2 will make its UK stage debut at South London’s New Wimbledon Theatre in August.
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Published: 01/05/2009 15:48:05