High School Musical

High School Musical 10 Years Later: Solving the Mystery of Twinkle Towne

Ten years ago on this very date, a mop-topped jock named Troy Bolton and a “freaky math girl” named Gabriella Montez auditioned for a show called Twinkle Towne. The rest, as they say, is history High School Musical.

Wednesday marks the 10th anniversary of the Disney Channel original movie’s premiere, and even though it eventually spawned three spinoffs — yes, the events of Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure are canon — fans remain saddled with a slew of unanswered questions, including: Why can’t Ms. Darbus pronounce the word “musical?” Who got Gabriella’s math teacher pregnant? And in which year of college will Ryan finally figure himself out?

But there’s one brain buster that bops right to the top of my list: What in the name of Sharpay’s fugly wardrobe is Twinkle Towne actually about? (To be fair, this is a curse that befalls many productions within movies and TV shows; I dare you to explain the plot of Showgirls‘ musical masterpiece Goddess or Smash‘s Tony Award-nominated Hit List without Googling.)

In honor of HSM turning the big 1-0, TVLine decided to re-watch the DCOM — which also re-airs tonight at 8/7c with commentary from the cast — in an attempt to unravel the musical mystery that is Twinkle Towne. Browse our gallery below, then drop a comment with your own unanswered questions from High School Musical.

Comments are monitored, so don’t go off topic, don’t frakkin’ curse and don’t bore us with how much your coworker’s sister-in-law makes per hour. Talk smart about TV!

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  1. Kathryn says:

    LOL at the “analysis”

  2. c-mo says:

    Hahahaha! I’m trying to decide if I’d go see that musical (or musicalle if you ask Miss Darbus) or not. However if the modern day Zac Efron were in it I probably would!

  3. Mike says:

    Ha! Great. Also, I’m pretty sure I could explain the plot of Hit List at least as well as I could the plot of any episode of Smash.

  4. EB says:

    My memory without Googling:

    Hit List was about a girl trying to become a pop star, but just couldn’t make it. Girl meets songwriting boy, steals his music and breaks his heart, becomes famous pop star, heartbroken boy…then tries to kill girl? Maybe? Something like that…..I think

  5. carrionne says:

    Hit List: the protagonist is an aspiring song writer who has an instant connection with a wannabe pop star. He is crushed to Wake up after their one-night-stand to find her gone with all of his songs. Later, he finds out that she changed her name and became famous singing his songs. But he’s not mad. They are in love. But she upstaged The Diva, another pop star, who plots her revenge throughout the play. The Diva ends up shooting and killing her enemy. Guy is heartbroken.