By Matt Thompson
The anticipation is over. Finally, a “High School Musical” star will be dancing onto the Broadway stage. According to Variety, Corbin Bleu scored a lead role in the Tony-winning production of “In the Heights” for early next year. His stint will run from January 25 to April 25.
Previously, Corbin starred as a basket baller in "High School Musical" and as a male model in the short-loved CW series "The Beautiful Life: TBL." In “Heights,” he'll broadens his horizon by going outside of his normal box to play a young bodega owner named Usnavi. “Heights” is set in upper Manhattan ripe with young adults trying to make decisions about their lives.
“Heights” looks like it may get a boost from casting Corbin. Often, when you have a celebrity with an ardent fanbase and you cast them in their target demo, the results are immaculate. An example of this may be Ashlee Simpson in "Chicago" or Fantasia Barrino ("American Idol" winner) being cast in 2005 play “The Color Purple,” which garnered key sales leading to an extended run. This could be the boost “Heights” needs. After getting four Tony awards in 2008, sales have tailored off in recent months.
Corbin is multi-talented, venturing into many facets throughout his time in entertainment. As a recording artist, he released two albums (Another Side in 2007 and Speed of Light in 2008). He also starred in feature films for Disney in 2007 “Jump In!” His acting career began in 1996, and he scored his first main role in 2004 in “Catch That Kid” co-starring with "Twilight" actress Kristen Stewart.
Now that Corbin has hit Broadway, does this mean we could see the long awaited debut of Vanessa Hudgens and Zac Efron on stage next?