Production has begun on Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure, a Disney Channel original movie that is set to debut on the service next year.
Directed by Emmy Award-winning director Michael Lembeck (Santa Clause 2, Santa Clause 3), the telefilm stars Ashley Tisdale as the drama queen Sharpay Evan in the role she popularized in the High School Musical franchise, the second entry of which ranks as the most-watched entertainment show in cable history.
The original movie also stars Austin Butler (Life Unexpected, Ruby and the Rockits) as the confident film student Peyton Leverett and Bradley Steven Perry (Good Luck Charlie) as a precocious young dog owner and Sharpay's nemesis, Roger Elliston the 3rd.
The film will feature four original songs by songwriters Randy Petersen and Kevin Quinn ("I'm Gonna Shine"), Matthew Tishler and Amy Powers ("My Boy and Me" and "The Rest of My Life"), David Lawrence and Faye Greenberg ("New York's Best Kept Secret").
In the movie, a New York casting director spots aspiring thespian Sharpay Evans performing with her dog at a charity gala and offers to arrange an audition for a new Broadway musical. Sharpay packs her bags with Boi in tow to fulfill her destiny on Broadway. Her father has given her one month to make it to center stage, or else she will have to return home and learn the family business. However, Sharpay's dreams are turned upside down when she discovers the Broadway role is really for Boi, not her. She then sets out to make Boi the most fabulous canine to hit the Great White Way.