Ron Bohmer
(© Joseph Marzullo/Retna)
Ron Bohmer
(© Joseph Marzullo/Retna)
Principal casting has been announced for the national tour of Disney's High School Musical, the stage version of the popular television film about two teenagers trying to get the lead in their school show. The production will be directed by Jeff Calhoun, with choreography by Lisa Stevens.

The show will play a pre-tour engagement at Pittsburgh's CLO, May 29-June 17; then the tour will officially launch at Detroit's Fisher Theatre (June 26-July 8) before moving on to Philadelphia's Academy of Music (July 11-22) and Chicago's LaSalle Bank Theatre (July 25-September 2). It will eventually play over 60 cities in the U.S. and Canada.

The cast will feature John Jeffrey Martin as Troy Bolton, Arielle Jacobs as Gabriella Montez, Shakiem Evans as Chad Danforth, Shaullanda LaCombe as Taylor McKessie, Bobby List as Ryan Evans, Olivia Oguma as Kelsi Nielson, Chandra Lee Schwartz as Sharpay Evans, Ron Bohmer as Coach Bolton, and Ellen Harvey as Ms. Darbus.

The stage version of High School Musical has a book by David Simpatico, based on the screenplay by Peter Barsochinni. The score features the film's hits, including "Breaking Free" and "Start of Something New," plus two new songs created exclusively for the stage production.