Disney Casts Joshua Bassett for Lead Role in “High School Musical: The Musical”

Joshua Bassett is stepping onto the center of the court and into the lead role for High School Musical: The Musical.

The 17-year-old will play high school junior Ricky in the upcoming series, which chronicles his story as he tries to win back his ex-girlfriend, Nini in the production made for Disney’s soon-to-launch streaming service.

Bassett’s prior work includes appearances on Disney Channel’s Stuck in the Middle and a role in the upcoming crime anthology Dirty John.

Bassett is ecstatic he landed this new role for High School Musical: The Musical.

“As someone whose childhood was shaped by the cultural phenomenon that is High School Musical, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to continue to tell this story. Go Wildcats!”

– Joshua Bassett, plays Ricky

Disney Channel’s Worldwide President is also excited for this particular casting.

“Joshua’s interpretation of the Ricky character was brilliant—funny, winning and, at the same time, uniquely vulnerable. The audience is going to love watching this charismatic young actor put his stamp on this next chapter of the High School Musical franchise.”

Gary March, Pres. & CEO of Disney Channel Worldwide

High School Musical: The Musical will feature a single-camera documentary style.

The series is executive produced by novelist, former Broadway performer and Golden Globe® and Academy Award®-nominated screenwriter, Tim Federle (Ferdinand), as well as Emmy Award®-nominated producer Oliver Goldstick (Pretty Little Liars, Ugly Betty), who also serves as showrunner. Emmy Award-winning High School Musical executive producers Bill Borden and Barry Rosenbush are also set to executive-produce the series.

High School Musical: The Musical is slated to premiere on Disney’s streaming service in 2019.

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