High School Musical

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Name: High School Musical
Abbreviation(s): HSM
Creator: written by Peter Barsocchini
directed by Kenny Ortega
Date(s): 2006 - 2011
Medium: television movie
Country of Origin: USA
External Links: High School Musical on Wikipedia
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High School Musical is a Disney franchise primarily centered around the Disney Channel Original Movies (DCOM) of the same name.


In 2006, Disney Channel aired High School Musical starring Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens as Troy Bolton and Gabriella Montez in a Romeo and Juliet-style romance. At the time, High School Musical was the most successful Disney Channel Original Movie ever produced, which led to the almost immediate production of the sequel High School Musical 2, aired in 2007. The sequel was also wildly successful, which led to High School Musical: Get In The Picture, a reality TV show where the winner would gain a recording contract with Disney and also perform a song in the credits of High School Musical 3: Senior Year, which was released in theaters in 2008. The third movie was popular enough that Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure, a spin-off featuring Ashley Tisdale's character Sharpay Evans, was released in 2011. Rumors of a High School Musical 4 circulated for years, with several casting sheets even surfacing, but the franchise was presumed dead until a webseries called High School Musical: The Musical was announced to be in production for Disney's upcoming streaming service Disney+.[1]

Much of the early fandom was based around Livejournal, scattered across various communities. However, there was also a fairly active fandom on FanFiction.Net and the fandom has persisted into the present day on sites like Tumblr.


The breakout ship of the series is Chad/Ryan.

Pairing Name Livejournal
Chad/Ryan Chyan https://idontdance.livejournal.com/
Troy/Gabriella Troyella
Ryan/Sharpay Rypay https://rypay.livejournal.com/
Ryan/Gabriella Ryella https://ryangabriella.livejournal.com/
Troy/Sharpay Troypay https://troypayxlove.livejournal.com/

Bet On It

Troy Bolton's solo song from High School Musical 2, "Bet On It," is the source of many parody videos and memes created by everyone from your average Tumblr user to Lin-Manuel Miranda.


It is generally accepted that all or most of Tumblr is part of the HSM fandom. Text posts, videos, photosets, etc, can be found on blogs of all fandoms. HSM is also an easy crossover target. See:

Example Fanworks

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