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January 20

High School Musical

Besides sequels, High School Musical has inspired a stage musical version, ice show, book series, video game, and reality series.

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2006: Musical Theater’s Comeback
High School Musical premieres on the Disney Channel
Sad but true, in a movie age of stunning special effects and computer animation, the days of musical theater seemed to take a back seat.

That is until the jump start sparked by Disney's original television film High School Musical, a modern adaptation of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet that tells the story of Troy and Gabriella–two high school juniors from rival cliques that audition together for the high school musical.

The film premiered on this day in 2006 and since then has become a phenomenal sensation around the world.
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