E.J. is the big man on campus at East High and he thinks he’s going to get the starring role in the High School Musical production. “I am psyched to announce to all my fans that I’ll be playing Troy Bolton in our school’s production of High School Musical,” E.J. says in our EXCLUSIVE preview of the new Disney+ series High School Musical: The Musical: The Series. Miss Jenn makes sure to note, “We haven’t cast the show yet.”
E.J. is also Nini’s new boyfriend. “E.J. is basically perfect. I can’t think of one thing I don’t like about him,” she gushes. Her ex, Ricky, is obviously not a fan. “I don’t want to talk about E.J. I’m sure he’d love to talk about himself, though,” Ricky says. E.J. admits that “what you see is what you get” with him.
The heartthrob also goes to school with his cousin, Ashlyn. “He’s actually not as self-absorbed as people think,” Ashlyn says. After she says that, she starts to think whether or not that’s really true.
The series is a new spin on the beloved High School Musical franchise. The show follows the East High drama club as they work their way to the opening night of their school’s first-ever production of High School Musical. As they work on the production, showmances blossom, old friendships are tested while new ones are made, rivalries flare, and lives are changed forever as these young people discover the transformative power that only high school theater can provide.
The cast includes Joshua Bassett as Ricky, Olivia Rodrigo as Nini, Kate Reinders as Miss Jenn, Sofia Wylie as Gina, Matt Cornett as “E.J., Dara Renee’ as Kourtney, Julia Lester as Ashlyn, Frankie A. Rodriguez as Carlos, Larry Saperstein as Big Red, and Mark St. Cyr as Mr. Mazzara. High School Musical: The Musical: The Series will premiere Nov. 12 on the Disney+ streaming service.