is growing up, and the 19-year-old is ready to move on from his role as mop-topped Chad Danforth in the popular “High School Musical” franchise. Even Chad is moving on, now that he’ll be attending the University of Albuquerque, and Bleu isn’t sure there’s any reason to make “High School Musical 4: The College Years.”
“I don’t know about the college years,” he told MTV News at the junket for “because the spirit of ’HSM’ has always been about high school.”
Bleu talked to us about one of the main aspects of the franchise: over-the-top dance numbers. The film’s director, Kenny Ortega, is familiar with fancy footwork, having worked on the “Dirty Dancing” television series and the film “Newsies.” “Dance has definitely changed over the years, when you look back at Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire,” Bleu said. “At that time, it was viewed upon very well, technically.
“And now, at least in more of the technical side of it, when you look at dancing, it’s cool to do hip hop,” he added. “I think that’s what’s wonderful about ’HSM,’ especially this third one. There’s a lot of really masculine numbers, while still maintaining some technical stuff.”
One of the more masculine numbers includes a dance sequence that takes place in a junkyard for the song, “The Boys Are Back.” “[There was] so much at your fingertips. You have so much to work with,” he said. “We shot that number [over] two consecutive nights into the morning, and the sun was up, so we were very fragile and dead.”
Bleu has become quite the song-and-dance man, so he might be a perfect fit on the Great White Way some day. “I would love to [do a Broadway show] in the future,” Bleu said enthusiastically.
But he has a few other projects in the works to keep him busy until that razzle-dazzle dream comes true. “I’m working on music. I’ve been in the studio,” he revealed. “I’m working on producing a film with my father called ’Freestyle.’ It’s about motocross.”
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