If there’s one sentiment we’re hearing a lot during quarantine, it’s that “we’re all in this together.” And one group of people who made this phrase prevalent in the last few decades is the cast of High School Musical. The final song from that 2006 Disney Channel original movie was literally called “We’re All in This Together,” and was about a group of disparate youths joining forces to overcome a different sort of oppressor: teen cliques.
Regardless, it’s a meaningful phrase and one the cast will once again put into our ears this week in a special singalong performance on ABC. The Disney Family Singalong airs this Thursday, April 16 at 8 p.m. ET and is set to feature a number of stars singing iconic Disney songs for viewers, from Josh Gad to Christina Aguilera and more. And perhaps most excitingly, the cast of the original High School Musical will perform “We’re All in This Together.”
According to Deadline, Bob Iger asked the film’s director Kenny Ortega to wrangle the cast for the special. Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Corbin Bleu, Monique Coleman and Lucas Grabeel will all make an appearance, as will Zac Efron, who played Troy Bolton in all three of the original High School Musical films. It’s unclear if Efron will join for the actual performance of the song; the report says that he’ll “come on board to send a message during the special.” (Also of note: Efron’s vocals were dubbed in the original film.) But either way, it’ll be the first time he’s joined the cast in a significant way since the films first came out.
“We couldn’t reach Zac until late but when we did, he immediately jumped in, of course,” Ortega told Deadline. “Everyone we reached out to was quick—and you’ll see it in their spirit and the way they come together from their homes. They recognize this is an opportunity to strengthen spirits for those joining us for the broadcast.”
This isn’t the first time the cast of High School Musical used the special song to cheer up fans in quarantine. Both Hudgens and Tisdale have posted videos dancing to “We’re All in This Together” on Instagram and TikTok.
We’re stoked to see the cast back together again, even if it’s virtually.
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