Cast members including Monique Coleman and Lucas Grabeel will take part in the 40-city tour that is scheduled to begin November 30 in San Diego.
“High School Musical: The Concert” expands the Disney Channel franchise that has already produced a triple-platinum selling soundtrack and a planned movie sequel.
The concert, to feature songs from the film, will also include cast members Corbin Bleu, Ashley Tisdale and Vanessa Hudgens. Joining them will be Drew Seeley, who co-wrote “Get’cha Head in the Game” and sang on the “High School Musical” soundtrack.
Coleman is currently on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” which ends November 15. Another star of the film, Zac Efron, is working on the movie version of the musical “Hairspray” and will miss the tour.
Kenny Ortega, the film’s Emmy Award-winning director and choreographer, is the creative director for the concert, staged by Buena Vista Music Group, the recording and music publishing arm for The Walt Disney Co.
Buena Vista Music Group Chairman Bob Cavallo offered his perspective on the appeal of the show.
“A full-scale musical, a burst-into-song musical, was made so that youngsters feel it was made for them. It was their subjects, their issues, their music,” Cavallo said. “It was well made, a story with heart.”
Disney is already scoring a success with another concert tour spinoff of a TV musical, The Cheetah Girls, which is on a tour of at least 60 cities.
Tickets for the “High School Musical” concerts go on sale November 4.