Thursday, June 4, 2009


Kenny Ortega is out. Jeffrey Hornaday is in…for High School Musical 4: East Meets West.

While Kenny will be busy directing the upcoming Footloose, Jeffrey will take on the Disney franchise that became a worldwide phenomenon. He shared with the press early this morning, “I’m excited to be part of a franchise that, thematically, encourages kids to believe in themselves. Like the first three movies, my goal is to keep the art form of the traditional musical alive, yet bring a contemporary emotional response to the story and its characters through song and dance.”

Jeffrey Hornaday choreographed Flashdance, A Chorus Line, and also directed Madonna and Backstreet Boys world concert tours.

In High School Musical 4, East meets West in a classic love triangle set against the cross-town school rivalry between the East High Wildcats and West High Knights.

As previously reported, the three sophomore Wildcats introduced in HSM3 — Matt Prokop, Justin Martin and Jemma McKenzie-Brown — will not be back for the continuation of the franchise.