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Saturday, August 26, 2006

Emmys For High School Musical, Solo Projects For Its Six Stars


It's no secret that Chart Rigger got swept away by the High School Musical phenomenon this year, and so we're super-jazzed that it won in the Outstanding Children's Program and Outstanding Choreography categories at last weekend's Creative Arts Emmy Awards. It's also up for Outstanding Directing for a TV movie during tomorrow's Emmy Awards ceremony.


Meanwhile, in June, HSM's 18-year-old heartthrob Zac Efron was cast as "Link Larkin" in the movie adaptation of the Hairspray Broadway musical. And unlike in HSM, he'll actually perform all his vocals in Hairspray.


As we mentioned the other day, Efron's co-star Vanessa Anne Hudgens will release her solo album, V, on September 26. The video for her single "Baby Come Back To Me" premiered last night on the Disney Channel after the Cheetah Girls 2 movie, and God did that suck.


Ashley Tisdale, the scene-stealing camp vixen of the movie (pictured here brushing back her weave to reveal the sparkle 'neath it), recently signed a solo deal with Warner Brothers Records. According to MTV News, her album is due in January 2007, with a single out this October.


Corbin Bleu's not a jerk, he just plays one in the movie. And, yes, MTV reports that he's also got a solo deal and a record coming out in March.


Lucas Grabeel, who plays the queeny "Ryan" in HSM, will star in the Disney Channel movie Halloweentown: Witch U with Sara Paxton (JoJo's co-star in Aquamarine, y'all!), airing in October.


Finally, Monique Coleman, the oldest one of the HSM cast (she's 26), will be on the new season of Dancing With The Stars this fall.

On top of all this, the cast reconvenes to begin shooting the High School Musical sequel in January.

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