Disney's High School Musical: The Ice Tour adds new level of cool to the hit musical phenomenon



    Canadian Dates Announced; Tickets Go On Sale April 28
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    TORONTO, April 16 /CNW/ - The cultural sensation "High School Musical"
reaches a whole new level of "cool" with Disney's High School Musical: The Ice
Tour. The international tour will come to Toronto, London, Ottawa and
Hamilton, Ontario; and Winnipeg, Manitoba; this winter, it was announced today
by Thomas Schumacher, president of Disney Theatrical Productions, and Kenneth
Feld, chairman and CEO of Feld Entertainment. Tickets for the Canadian dates
will go on sale at www.highschoolmusicaltheicetour.com on Saturday, April 28.
    The ice tour will feature a live fusion of songs, dance and team-spirited
fun to celebrate the music of the original Emmy Award-winning Disney Channel
movie, and its sequel "High School Musical 2," which is set to debut on the
Channel this summer. Disney's High School Musical: The Ice Tour is being
produced by Feld Entertainment and Kenny Ortega and mounted in cooperation
with Schumacher and his team at Disney Theatrical Productions.
    Commenting on the announcement, Schumacher said, "'High School Musical'
has been a smash hit in virtually every area of the entertainment spectrum
from television and home entertainment to soundtracks, and live concert tours.
The ice tour celebrates the fun and music in a whole new and exciting way.
Feld Entertainment is the undisputed expert in its field, and we're working
closely with them and the movie's original creators to make this a fantastic
experience for audiences of all ages."
    Kenneth Feld, a Tony(R) Award-winning producer, said, "We brought
together a creative dream team who will deliver a top-notch production that
celebrates moments from the movies in an ice spectacular that will fill arenas
with lights, music, dancing, and spirit. Kenny Ortega has pumped incredible
genius into this production and we're thrilled to be collaborating with him."
    The global tour, comprised of three companies, is expected to play more
than 100 cities in its first year alone, including the worldwide premiere at
Madison Square Garden (on Sept. 29 and 30) and the Staples Center in Los
Angeles (on Oct. 5). The tour will hit the Rogers Centre in Toronto
Dec. 21 - 30. In 2008 it will play in Winnipeg, Feb. 22 - 24; London, Feb. 29
- March 2; Ottawa, March 7 - 9; and Hamilton, March 12 - 16, in addition to
cities in Europe and Mexico.
    Feld Entertainment's award-winning creative team includes some of key
talent associated with the original "High School Musical" films and concert
tour:

    
    -   Kenny Ortega (Producer) Emmy(R) Award-winning director and
        choreographer, Disney's High School Musical, High School Musical 2,
        2002 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremonies, Dirty Dancing, Ferris
        Bueller's Day Off
    -   Jeff Calhoun (Director) Tony(R) Award-nominated director, Brooklyn
        the Musical, Grease, Annie Get Your Gun and the Deaf West production
        of Big River as well as Theatre of the Stars' production of "High
        School Musical" in Atlanta
    -   Peter Barsocchini (Writer) Disney's High School Musical, Disney's
        High School Musical 2, Drop Zone, The Merv Griffin Show
    -   Jeremy Railton (Production Designer) Emmy(R) Award-winning designer,
        2002 Winter Olympics Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Billboard Music
        Award, Miss Universe / Miss USA Beauty Pageant
    -   Patrick Woodroffe (Lighting Designer) the Rolling Stones, Elton John,
        Genesis, Bob Dylan and High School Musical: The Concert
    -   Erin "Topaz" Lareau (Costume Designer) Emmy(R) Award-winning
        designer, Disney's High School Musical: The Concert, Benise: Nights
        of Fire, Gwyneth Paltrow, John Mayer, Brad Pitt
    -   Charles Klapow (Choreographer) Emmy(R) Award-winning choreographer,
        Disney's High School Musical, Disney's High School Musical 2, Cheetah
        Girls 2
    -   Cindy Stuart (Skating Choreographer) Disney On Ice, Olympic Gold
        Medalists Jamie Sale and Davie Pelletier, Six-time Canadian National
        Champion Jennifer Robinson, Stars On Ice with Olympic Gold Medalist
        Christopher Dean, Co-Choreographer with Olympic Gold Medalist Robin
        Cousins
    

    "We'll be recruiting some of the world's most talented skaters to play
East High School's own Troy, Gabriella, Ryan, Sharpay, Chad and Taylor," said
Nicole Feld, producer. "They'll be heating up the ice performing chart-topping
tunes and signature choreography, and with the ice as the dance floor, this
event will be an unprecedented twist on a fan favorite."
    Disney's High School Musical: The Ice Tour will feature music from the
popular "High School Musical" soundtrack, including "We're All in This
Together," "Get'cha Head in the Game," "Start of Something New," "Stick to the
Status Quo," along with new music from "High School Musical 2."
    Rich Ross, president, Disney Channel Worldwide, said, "We are so proud to
have introduced 'High School Musical' to the world and to see its popularity
continue to grow in so many ways. The ice tour is a fantastic way to build
upon the experience for its millions of fans worldwide while introducing the
music and dancing to a new audience."
    "High School Musical," an Emmy Award-winning Disney Channel Original
Movie, premiered in January 2006 in the U.S. and through the year, on 25
Disney Channels and free-to-air broadcasters, reaching over 100 countries and
over 100 million unique viewers worldwide. In the U.S., its soundtrack was the
No. 1 album of the year in 2006 (certified quadruple Platinum by the RIAA),
and broke records on the Billboard charts with an unprecedented nine original
songs making the "Hot 100." It was the No. 1 TV movie on DVD for the year and
7.2 million units have been sold around the world. In fall 2006, Disney
Theatrical adapted the teleplay for local school productions, and it is
anticipated that 2000 schools will produce stage versions in the first year
alone.
    Schumacher added, "The first of our regional professional theatre
licensed productions was a huge success earlier this year during its five-week
run in Atlanta's Theatre of the Stars, and we're currently in discussions on
how to tour that production starting later this year. Additionally, by June of
this year, more than 1,000 schools will have licensed and staged the show,
representing an unprecedented 5,000 performances."
    Beginning on June 8th, an all-new, full-scale live stage version of "High
School Musical" is scheduled to begin its tour of the United States and Canada
with initial bookings in over 60 cities. This new touring stage adaptation of
the hit musical movie is being produced by Disney Theatrical Productions (the
division responsible for "The Lion King," "Beauty and the Beast," and "Mary
Poppins"), and will be directed by Jeff Calhoun (a multiple Tony Award
nominee). The new musical stage version is scheduled to play in Toronto with
dates to be announced shortly.
    Internationally, "High School Musical" has aired on Disney Channels (26
worldwide) and free-to-air broadcasters, reaching over 100 countries. For the
September 2006 premiere in India, the music was re-recorded in Hindi with
Indian instrumentation and more rhythmic beats to achieve a "Bollywood" sound.
    Adding to its success, "High School Musical" has spawned a No. 1 New York
Times bestseller - "High School Musical - The Novel," which has sold over
1.2 million copies. "High School Musical" was also the first TV movie to be
offered on the iTunes Music Store. "High School Musical" themed shows have
also proven to be popular at the Disney Theme Parks and Resorts, including
Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, and an
upcoming production at Disneyland Paris.

    About Feld Entertainment
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    Feld Entertainment, Inc., is the worldwide leader in producing and
presenting live family entertainment that lifts the human spirit and creates
indelible memories, with 25 million people in attendance at its shows each
year. Feld Entertainment's productions have appeared in 50 countries and on
six continents to date and include Disney On Ice, Disney Live!, Ringling Bros.
and Barnum & Bailey(R) and Doodlebops Live!
    Members of the media should visit
www.feldentertainment.com/highschoolmusicaltheicetour for more info





For further information:

For further information: For Toronto, Hamilton and London dates: Beth
Merrick, (416) 654-9881, zazoupr@rogers.com; For Winnipeg: Karen Ilchena,
(204) 224-8633, ilchena@shaw.ca; For Ottawa: Brian Morris, (613) 599-0289,
morrisb@ottawasenators.com; Heidi Trotta, The Walt Disney Studios, (818)
560-7280

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