Disney makes “High School Musical 4″ with new cast

LOS ANGELES – Walt Disney Co’s teen hit franchise “High School Musical” is coming back for a fourth time — but with a new cast of characters, the company said on Tuesday.

“High School Musical 4″ will debut on the Disney Channel in 2010 — marking a return to its original cable home after the third instalment danced into movie theaters in 2008.

Disney Channel said in a statement the story would feature a music- and dance-filled love triangle set against cross-town rivalry between fictional high schools in Albuquerque, N.M.

It will introduce a new cast of characters after the fictional “graduation” of the original stars Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Tisdale in “High School Musical 3: Senior Year”.

“High School Musical” and its spin-offs have proved a lucrative global franchise for Disney since the first made-for-TV movie aired on the Disney Channel in January 2006. [Read full story...]

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