We’re all in this together!
That’s right, we'll be getting more of that spirit, as High School Musical: The Musical: The Series has been renewed for Season 4. With Season 3 featuring plenty of fun moments in its premiere and leading to fan questions after the finale, there’s plenty to wonder about where this Disney+ original series is going to go now that it is entering its own senior year.
Who is going to be in High School Musical: The Musical: The Series Season 4? What is the plot going to be about? What covers are we going to get to hear? To address some of your queries, here are six quick things we know about the upcoming season.
Production On The Show Has Begun
Don’t be fearsome, wildcats, because Season 4 of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series is in production!
According to Billboard, the next season of the popular spinoff is currently in production as of September 2022, with an expected premiere date during sometime next year.
Most Of The Cast Is Returning To Their Roles
If you were wondering if the cast was going to come back after their wild and eventful summer in Season 3, wonder no more, because it’s been confirmed that almost all of the cast is going to return to their roles on the comedy mockumentary series, according to the announcement of Season 4.
This includes Joshua Bassett as Ricky, Sofia Wylie as Gina, Dara Renee as Kourtney, Julia Lester as Ashlyn, Frankie Rodriguez as Carlos, Kate Reinders as Miss Jenn, and Liamani Segura as Emmy.
The cast has been plenty busy lately, with several of them appearing in other projects. Bassett has been working on his own music career, and Wylie is actually going to be starring in a new Netflix film, The School for Good and Evil, which is releasing in October 2022. But, it’s still exciting to see them come back to the roles that we all know them from for another season of fun.
It’s Unclear If Olivia Rodrigo Will Return
One of the standouts from High School Musical: The Musical: The Series is Olivia Rodrigo. While she was on The Disney Channel prior to her role in the series, she became an even bigger star in 2021 with her budding musical career – making it much harder for her to be in the last season of the Disney+ show.
She was a recurring guest star for Season 3, and at the very end of the finale, it seemed like her character, Nini (as well as Rodrigo) were almost saying goodbye to East High for good in order for her to expand her career out on the West Coast. So, right now, it’s unclear if Olivia Rodrigo is going to return for the fourth season.
However, the showrunner, Tim Federle, recently spoke to Entertainment Weekly about her sweet exit in Season 3 and said that Rodrigo is always welcome to come back to the show if she wants to:
To be honest, I wouldn’t blame Rodrigo in the slightest if she didn’t return, because she’s had such a flourishing career these last couple of years, including her own documentary on Disney+. I’ll be glad to support her in any way – and yes, that includes buying concert tickets.
Several High School Musical Stars Will Be Showing Up In Season 4
While it is unfortunate news that Rodrigo might not be coming back, we did get news that several members of the original High School Musical movies are going to be returning for Season 4.
This includes Corbin Bleu, Monique Coleman, Lucas Grabeel, Bart Johnson, Alyson Reed, and Kaycee Stroh. While they are also coming back as themselves in the show, they will be reprising their roles from the movies (Chad, Taylor, Ryan, Coach Bolton, Ms. Darbus, and Martha Cox) for the plot — which we’ll get into a little later.
There are still three members missing from the original line-up of High School Musical stars (Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, and Ashley Tisdale), but both Efron and Hudgens did post pictures outside of the actual East High in Salt Lake City in 2022.
Even so, in the interview above, Federle did say he wasn’t “that clever” to have them do those posts, but that he is trying hard to bring as many original cast members to the fourth season as possible.
New Cast Members Are Joining, Like Kylie Cantrall, Matthew Sato, And More
We have the main cast returning and characters from the original franchise coming back, but guess what? We’re not done with casting news! When the series was announced for Season 4, several new cast members were revealed as well.
These include Kylie Cantrall, Matthew Sato, Caitlin Reilly, and Vasthy Mompoint, who will all have recurring guest roles in the upcoming fourth season, with appearances in shows like Grown-ish and the HBO Max original, Hacks, already under their belts.
Season 4 Will Feature Songs From Senior Year, But Also Have A “High School Musical 4: The Reunion”
Remember when I alluded to the plot for Season 4 of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series? This is where we get into it – and boy is it going to be a wild season, according to the announcement for the upcoming episodes.
The first season featured a stage production of the first High School Musical. The second was all about Beauty and the Beast. The third took us to Frozen in the middle of summer camp. Now, we’re going back to our roots, as the kids look to put on a stage production of High School Musical: Senior Year for Season 4.
However, their lives are thrown upside down when a new movie in the High School Musical franchise is set to film at their school, called High School Musical 4: The Reunion, bringing back the original stars from the film to reprise their roles, with the Wildcats we now know as featured extras, throwing a wrench in their musical plans. Both Lucas Grabeel and Corbin Bleu have guest-starred on the show before, but now, they're back with other stars.
That’s right. This is about to be very meta.
The cast has already spoken about the craziness of Season 4 in an interview with E! News, where Joshua Bassett pointed out that the fourth season is going to be “three steps ahead” of all the other seasons. And honestly, I can believe that.
High School Musical: The Musical: The Series Season 4 Does Not Have A Set Release Date
While it’s technically not something that we know, it’s something we can assume because Season 4 only just began production. While the first season released in 2019, the second and third released in 2021 and 2022 respectively, due to COVID-19 filming delays.
Hopefully, we can expect Season 4 to arrive next year, if all goes to plan. But, until we get an official date, we’ll be keeping an eye out for this one.
Gosh, just writing this makes me want to listen to my HSM3 soundtrack over and over again. Can Season 4 come sooner?
Big nerd and lover of Game of Thrones/A Song of Ice and Fire. Will forever hate season eight. Superhero and horror geek. And please don't debate me on The Last of Us 2, it was amazing!
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