High School Musical: The Musical Casts First Lead Role of the Series

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Get ready, High School Musical fans! The first lead role for High School Musical: The Musical has officially been cast and we are FREAKING out.

If you’re anything like us, you’ve probably been anxiously awaiting more details about the HSM spinoff series ever since the news broke that it’s being made for Disney’s upcoming direct-to-consumer streaming service, set to launch in late 2019. Well, now that we know who’s playing the lead role, we can confirm that things are looking promising.

Joshua Bassett, who you may already know from his recurring role on Disney Channel’s Stuck in the Middle, will play the character of Ricky. Ricky is described as a “cynical but charming high school junior who launches a bold plan to win back his ex-girlfriend Nini — by auditioning to star opposite her in the school’s production of High School Musical.”

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That’s right, y’all! This 10-episode series will follow a group of high school students who are working to put on a performance of HSM for their fall production. As with any school musical, though, there will be a ton of drama offstage, and we don’t know about you, but we couldn’t be more excited! Plus, it doesn’t hurt that each episode will feature a new rendition of one of our favorite songs from the original flick along and some brand new songs as well.

Although we don’t know who else will be joining the cast, what we do know is that Joshua is going to crush it! According to Gary Marsh, the President and Chief Creative Officer at Disney Channels Worldwide, “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 the next chapter of the High School Musical Franchise.”

Gary isn’t the only one who’s stoked, though. Joshua himself said, “As someone who was shaped by the cultural phenomenon that is High School Musical, I am thrilled to have to opportunity to continue to tell this story. Go Wildcats!”