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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

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


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


Megan Mullally

Ms. Fran Rowan

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


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

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

Technical Specs



(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.


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.