Disney's High School Musical: The Ice Tour

January 24, 2008 6:35:44 PM PST
The cultural sensation "High School Musical" reaches a whole new level of "cool" with Disney's High School Musical: The Ice Tour, opening Jan. 23-27 at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill., then appearing at Chicago's United Center, Feb. 1-10. Demand for tickets to this exciting new ice extravaganza has been so strong that promoters here have more than doubled the number of performances scheduled since tickets went on sale in April.

"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. Disney's High School Musical: The Ice Tour is the first and only live, touring production to feature all the songs, dances, and team-spirited fun of both the original Emmy® Award-winning Disney Channel movie and its blockbuster sequel, "High School Musical 2."

Disney's High School Musical: The Ice Tour stars a cast of world-class skaters portraying the roles of East High's own, Troy, Gabriella, Ryan, Sharpay, Chad and Taylor. Incredible performances are set to the chart-topping tunes and signature choreography made popular by the "High School Musical" films. With ice as its dance floor, the production brings a whole new and exciting dimension to the pop culture phenomenon.

Produced by Feld Entertainment and Kenny Ortega, in cooperation with Disney Theatrical Productions, the ice tour boasts an award-winning creative team, including some of the key talent from the original "High School Musical" films and concert tour.

"High School Musical," an Emmy Award-winning Disney Channel Original Movie, premiered in January 2006 in the U.S. and through its first year, on 25 Disney Channels and free-to-air broadcasters, reaching more than 100 countries and 100 million unique viewers worldwide. The premiere of "High School Musical 2" in August 2007 drew an audience of 17.2 million, more than doubling the viewership of the original movie premiere and making it the most-watched basic cable program ever.

The "High School Musical" soundtrack was the #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 also the #1 TV movie on DVD for the year and spawned a #1 New York Times bestseller, "High School Musical - The Novel." A subsequent concert tour and stage version have both been wildly successful, and the movie has inspired real-life high school musical productions numbering in the thousands.

The first theatrical release film in the series, "High School Musical 3," is scheduled to begin shooting early in 2008.

Tickets for Chicago-area performances of Disney's High School Musical: The Ice Tour are on sale at the Allstate Arena Box Office, 6920 N. Mannheim Road, Rosemont, Ill., the United Center Box Office, 1901 W. Madison St., Chicago, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at (312) 559-1212, and online at www.ticketmaster.com .

Allstate Arena Show Times: 7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 23; 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 24; 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 25; 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 26; and 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 27.

United Center Show Times: 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 1; 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 2; 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. (Spanish show), Sunday, Feb. 3; 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 6; 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 7; 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 8; 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 9; and 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 10.

Ticket Prices are $15, $20 and $27, with a limited number of $60 VIP and $75 front row tickets for each performance.

For more information, visit www.highschoolmusicaltheicetour.com.