Singer/songwriter Drew Seeley is proving a smash hit with US teens on Disney's $8.5 million High School Musical
stage spectacular concert tour.
The 41-city tour (a New Year's Eve gig in Uniondale NY has just been added) features some of the top stars of Disney's smash hit High School Musical
TV movie. The only new face is Drew Seeley - filling in for Zac Efron (Troy Bolton) - who's currently shooting the new movie version of the musical Hairspray
Seeley might look unfamiliar to audiences, but his voice sounds suspiciously familiar. That's because he actually sung most of Troy Bolton's songs on the movie's soundtrack, with actor Zac Efron just blending his vocal chords to the start and end of most numbers.
Drew Seeley is an Emmy Award-nominated singer/songwriter, and co-wrote one of the soundtrack's hits, Get'cha Head in the Game
. He also performs on the soundtrack to another Disney TV movie-musical, Cheetah Girls 2
, including the song Dance With Me
. Seeley is expected to release a self-titled debut album early in the new year.
The 90 minute concert features snappy choreography, glitzy costumes, and big screens for those close up shots. Around 90 crew are involved in the arena tour, which requires 9 trucks and 10 buses.
The show doesn't try to follow the plot-line of the High School Musical movie, instead allowing the six stars to perform as singers, rather than as Disney characters. Three of the cast members get to do their own solo sets - Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, and Corbin Bleu - all have debut solo albums in stores or on the way.
Along with the new 2-disc "Remix Edition" of the Disney Channel TV movie, there are plenty of other High School Musical products
due instore for Christmas.
The first sequel should hit US TV screens next August, with a possible Broadway production on the way, thousands of real high school productions of the stage musical, along with spin-off shows in Disney's theme parks.