High School Musical, based on the wildly popular Disney Channel Original movie, follows Gabriella, a shy, brainy transfer student, and Troy, the hunky captain of the basketball team as they discover their secret passion for singing. East High's well established social structure is rocked to its core when Troy and Gabriella no longer "Stick to the Status Quo," and audition for the school's winter musical. The culmination of the resulting twists and turns is a singing and dancing extravaganza where the students of East High proudly proclaim, "We're All in This Together!" High School Musical boasts a quadruple platinum soundtrack filled with hits like: "Breaking Free," "What I've Been Looking For," and "Start of Something New."
High School Musical is the most successful movie that Disney Channel Original Movie ever produced. The film's DVD release sold 1.2 million copies in its first six days, making it the fastest selling television movie of all time. In 2007, the soundtrack made it into the Guinness World Records for "Most hits from a soundtrack in the U.S. Chart simultaneously." Nine tracks were in the U.S. Hot 100 at the same time, a world first. High School Musical 2 was the highest-rated Disney Channel Movie to date at the time of its airing and High School Musical 3: Senior Year currently holds the record for the highest-grossing movie musical in its opening weekend, earning over $80,000,000 worldwide.