September 25th, 2009


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An updated version of the 1980 musical, which centered on the students of the New York Academy of Performing Arts.

Release Year: 2009

Rating: 4.6/10 (7,688 voted)

Critic's Score: 39/100

Director: Kevin Tancharoen

Stars: Kelsey Grammer, Bebe Neuwirth, Megan Mullally

An updated version of the 1980 musical, which centered on the students of the New York Academy of Performing Arts.

Writers: Allison Burnett, Christopher Gore

Kay Panabaker - Jenny Garrison
Walter Perez - Victor Tavares
Naturi Naughton - Denise Dupree
Asher Book - Marco
Kherington Payne - Alice Ellerton
Collins Pennie - Malik Washburn
Kristy Flores - Rosie Martinez
Paul McGill - Kevin Barrett
Bebe Neuwirth - Ms. Kraft
Paul Iacono - Neil Baczynsky
Charles S. Dutton - Mr. James Dowd
Cody Longo - Andy Matthews
Kelsey Grammer - Mr. Martin Cranston
Anna Maria Perez de Tagle - Joy
Megan Mullally - Ms. Fran Rowan

Taglines: I'm Gonna Learn How to Fly


Official Website: Official site | Official site [France] |

Release Date: 25 September 2009

Filming Locations: Los Angeles, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $18,000,000(estimated)

Opening Weekend: $10,011,682 (USA) (27 September 2009) (3096 Screens)

Gross: $22,452,209 (USA) (6 December 2009)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | (extended version)

Did You Know?

A photo is shown of Ms. Kraft (Bebe Neuwirth) with Broadway stage legend Chita Rivera. Rivera notably played the role of Velma Kelly in the original 1975 Broadway production of "Chicago". Neuwirth also played Velma Kelly when "Chicago" was revived on Broadway in 1996. Both actresses received Tony Award nominations for their portrayals of the same character. Neuwirth went on to win the honor.

Factual errors: Mr. Cranston asks Denise to be the accompanist for the school's upcoming production of "Chicago". In the year 2009, this would not be possible since the licensing company which handles the theatrical rights for "Chicago" restricts the show from being produced (even by amateur groups and schools) anywhere in the greater New York area while there is an open-ended production running on Broadway.

Marco: She's hot, but she thinks she's like the most talented person in the school.
Victor Tavares: So maybe she is.

User Review

As to be expected

Rating: 2/10

Tons of homogeneous talent -- the tooth bleach is blinding. No story, no rhythm (oddly enough), over-processed young actors with expensive haircuts and wardrobe.

This film isn't about a school with young hopefuls, it's about a fictitious institution packed full of painfully beautiful pimple-free young people.

In the original film, a handful of personalities burst onto screen and their characters were revealed as layers peeled away.

In this version, tons of hotties are thrown in and popped like corn. Nothing memorable occurs, no great songs or outstanding characters. This should have been called "Fame: Another High School Musical" Looked up the director on IMDb.com and he produced Briney Spears' tours -- talk about unoriginal, packed with fluff, and emotionally depthless. He brings all those qualities to this film.