The Wildcats are taking their final bow this summer.
Today (June 21), Disney Branded Television and Disney+ announced that High School Musical: The Musical: The Series will premiere its fourth and final season later this summer exclusively on Disney+.
The award-winning television series was inspired by the hugely popular High School Musical movies, which first aired on Disney Channel in 2006 and 2007, and theatrically in 2008. Collectively, the movies and series became the most successful Disney Channel – turned theatrical and streaming – franchise to date, and one of the longest-running series on Disney+.
Originally debuting in 2019, HSMTMTS launched notable careers for stars like Grammy Award-winning artist Olivia Rodrigo; Tony Award-nominated Julia Lester; singer-songwriter Joshua Bassett, who recently completed a sold-out world tour; and Dara Reneé, who made her songwriting debut on the series and stars in the upcoming Disney+ Original movie Descendants: The Rise of Red. Attending the same school as the original cast, the fictional (but actually a real high school irl) East High, showcases the talented students who dedicate their time towards the drama department’s musicals each season.
This season, the Wildcats are returning to East High, where they prepare a stage production of “High School Musical 3: Senior Year.” But, in a meta twist signature to the series, plans are disrupted when Disney announces the long-awaited “High School Musical 4: The Reunion” movie will shoot on location at their beloved high school.
Some members from the OG High School Musical cast will make an appearance on the show, including Corbin Bleu, Lucas Grabeel, Monique Coleman, Kaycee Stroh, Bart Johnson, and Alyson Reed. Each will play themselves, resurrecting their High School Musical roles as “Chad Danforth,” “Taylor McKessie,” “Ryan Evans,” “Coach Jack Bolton,” “Ms. Darbus” and “Martha Cox,” respectively, and the Wildcats will play featured extras in the movie.
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Series creator and executive producer Tim Federle (a DGA and Emmy nominee for “Better Nate Than Ever”) – who will continue a multi-year overall deal with Disney Branded Television — said in a social post.
“After four years at East High, it’s time to graduate. This will be our final, endgame season.” Federle continued, “This show brought the most extraordinary cast – and crew, and collaborators – to my life. To the fans, who embraced our super-meta series: we “don’t not love you.” We can’t wait to share this epic 4th act with you all.”
You can binge the first three seasons of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series now on Disney+ here in anticipation for the arrival of season 4, which will arrive on Wednesday, August 9th.