Fans of High School Musical, brace yourselves. Vanessa Hudgens loves the Disney series that made her a star just as much as the rest of us and during a recent trip to a karaoke bar, proved it by performing one of the most iconic songs from the HSM film. Sadly, Zac Efron did not make a cameo as Troy Bolton—he must have been at basketball practice.
Hudgens posted the clip to Instagram on Sunday, introducing the performance as “…a really bad, aggressive, and totally sober version of breaking free.” Poking fun at her own voice, Hudgens added “…it hurts my ears but also makes me laugh lol.” This is what happens when you miss dress rehearsal. Or, when you have a beverage that would not be allowed on school property and then grab a mic.
Hudgens’ new version is a little different than how we remember the original. More like “Breaking Free: The College Years.”
Hudgens likely had no problem sharing the fun and carefree clip because she’s already proven repeatedly that she has some major pipes. Not only did Hudgens sing through all three High School Musical films, but she’s gone on to perform in Gigi on Broadway, as well as Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In The Heights musical. In 2006, Hudgens released her debut album V, following it up in 2008 with Identified.
The actor’s most recent gig has included joining the cast of the upcoming Bad Boys For Life, which features the return of Will Smith and Martin Lawrence in the lead roles as well as the addition of Charles Melton, Alexander Ludwig and Paola Nunez, with the highly anticipated follow-up coming out on January 17, 2020. For fans that can’t wait that long to see Hudgens onscreen, the actor is returning to Netflix after the success of her 2018 film The Princess Switch, this time in the holiday flick The Knight Before Christmas.
If High School Musical is where your heart lays, you’re still in luck. Hudgens’ latest karaoke performance isn’t the only revival in the works. Following the success of the three Disney films, including 2006’s High School Musical, 2007’s High School Musical 2 and 2008’s High School Musical 3: Senior Year comes High School Musical: The Musical: The Series. Set at the same fictionalized East High School of the film series, the new show debuted on November 8 on the Disney Channel and is set to premiere on November 12 on Disney+, with a second season already confirmed.
As the title suggests, High School Musical: The Musical: The Series gets meta, with the show opening with former background cast member Miss Jenn being hired at East High School as the new drama teacher. Her first order of business is to write a play inspired by the film High School Musical, which made the fictional high school famous. It’s a lot to take in. The most important take-away is that there will be music, dancing, romance, and all the teen drama that fans loved in the original series.