Did ‘High School Musical’ Star Corbin Bleu Quit Acting?

by Jeremy Spirogis
Corbin Bleu smiling in front of a repeating backdrop

It’s been awhile since Corbin Bleu was part of the mainstream, however he’s creeping again due to Disney+. Not solely has the service featured the film that made Bleu well-known, it has a brand new model of High School Musical as nicely.

So now the query: no matter occurred to Corbin Bleu? He didn’t give up performing, he simply moved it to a unique venue — the stage.

How did Corbin Bleu begin performing?

Corbin Bleu smiling in front of a repeating backdrop
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The Brooklyn native began dancing as a toddler, with an emphasis on ballet and jazz. He was solely 6 when he made his skilled theater debut, in an off-Broadway play referred to as Tiny Tim is Dead. He moved from New York to Los Angeles along with his household in 1996, and that’s when life received notably fascinating. He landed small roles in films like Galaxy Quest and Mystery Men, after which to a extra sizable half within the film Catch That Kid, co-starring a then comparatively unknown Kristen Stewart. 

Then he auditioned for a TV film Disney Channel was making referred to as High School Musical. At first look, it appeared prefer it could be a type of dime-a-dozen song-and-dance fests that will burn sizzling for a minute and shortly fade. That first look would have been fallacious. High School Musical grew to become a sensation in 2006, catapulting Bleu to fame together with Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Tisdale. Bleu performed Chad Danforth, who was extra fascinated by athletics than the performing arts, not less than at first. 

The Disney Channel adopted that up with High School Musical 2 the subsequent yr, with High School Musical 3 taking part in theatrically in 2008, and setting a report for largest opening weekend for a musical movie. After that, the phenomenon cooled down, however that was hardly the top for Bleu.

What did Corbin Bleu do after High School Musical?

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So the place does a gifted actor go when his film/TV collection runs it course? To the theater, in fact, and his Broadway debut in 2010 was fairly auspicious. It was In the Heights, the Lin-Manuel Miranda musical that paved the best way for the groundbreaking success of Hamilton. Bleu performed Usnavi.

“I really feel like In the Heights was the right present for my Broadway debut,” Bleu informed Playbill. “When it was first announced I would be playing the role, there was a lot of opposition. First, they wondered why this Disney kid was playing a lead role in a Broadway production. Second, why I was playing a Dominican character, when I myself am Jamaican and Italian so I don’t have any Latino descent. But it ended up being received really well, and it was a very proud moment for me.” 

After In the Heights, Bleu went on to look in such well-known reveals as Godspell, Holiday Inn, and Singin’ within the Rain. Most lately, he starred within the Broadway revival of Kiss Me Kate

Corbin Bleu is having a second once more 

While Bleu continues to do nicely on stage, his former life is coming again to him in a great way. Disney+ carries all the High School Musical films, and the brand new collection for the brand new streamer, High School Musical: The Musical The Series.

Meanwhile, Bleu continues to carry out in films and TV reveals, though the stage is his first precedence. With that in thoughts, he’s OK with High School Musical nonetheless following him round. “It cracks me up sometimes, but I can’t complain,” he says. “It’s definitely a namesake and something that has led me to where I am today.”

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