*“High School Musical‘s” Corbin Bleu is moving into Llanview.
The actor has been added to the online return of “One Life to Live,” reports Deadline.com. He’ll play Jeffrey King, a young reporter friend of Matthew Buchanan (Robert Gorrie) and Danielle Manning (Kelley Missal) who comes to town to work for Llanview’s newspaper The Banner under Victoria Lord (Erica Slezak).
Production begins Monday on the soap revival, which debuts with new 30-minute episodes on April 29 via Prospect Park’s The Online Network, streaming online on Hulu, Hulu Plus, and available on iTunes.
Bleu joins fellow “OLTL” cast members Melissa Archer (Natalie Buchanan Banks), Kassie DePaiva (Blair Cramer), Robert Gorrie (Matthew Buchanan), Laura Harrier (Destiny Evans), Roger Howarth (Todd Manning), Josh Kelly (Cutter Wentworth), Florencia Lozano (Tea Delgado), Kelley Missal (Danielle Manning), Erika Slezak (Victoria Lord), Hillary B. Smith (Nora Buchanan), Robin Strasser (Dorian Lord), Andrew Trischitta (Jack Manning), Jerry verDorn (Clint Buchanan), Tuc Watkins (David Vickers), Robert S. Woods (Bo Buchanan), and Shenaz Treasury (Rama Patel).
*Corbin Bleu will join the cast of Godspell as Jesus beginning April 17 at the Circle in the Square Theatre, reports Broadway.com.
Bleu takes over the role from original star Hunter Parrish, who will play his final performance on April 15.
“I know Corbin Bleu has a special affinity for Godspell, and with his great talent, charisma, and radiant energy, I know he will be terrific in the show,” said composer Stephen Schwartz in a statement. “I am very much looking forward to working with him and seeing him as our new Jesus.”
Bleu made his Broadway debut as Usnavi in In The Heights, but he’s best known for playing Chad Danforth in the “High School Musical” franchise. His most recent big screen credit was playing the lead in the film “Free Style.”
Bleu has also released two solo albums (“Another Side” and “Speed of Light”) and appeared on stage in Debbie Allen’s Brothers of the Knight.
*Financiers of the box office bomb Free Style are looking to collect from producers and “High School Musical’ star Corbin Bleu, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
On Thursday, Third Eye Capital and Strative Capital filed a $12 million lawsuit alleging fraud, breach of contract and misrepresentation. The claims were filed in LA Superior Court against Samuel Goldwyn Films, Del Mar Entertainment, various other producers and Bleu, who was supposed to translate the success he enjoyed in reaching teenage girls on “High School Musical” to a film about a young man chasing a national motocross championship.
Instead, “Free Style,” which came out in 2008, has generated just $1.3 million from all sources, including its theatrical run, foreign distribution and DVD sales.
The suit alleges the revenue generated fell well short of the $8.57 million loan that the plaintiffs put up, which was to cover P&A costs. The lenders blame alleged misrepresentations and poor promotion for their investment going sour.
Bleu is being sued because he purportedly failed to honor an agreement that called for providing interviews to support the film. According to the complaint, Bleu and his reps had already decided that he “would be taking his career in a different direction from the teen romance works in which he had previously been involved (including “Freestyle”), and had decided that Mr. Bleu would no longer promote those kinds of projects.”
The moneymen also claim producers misled them about the number of screens the film would open on nationwide, a “grossly inflated and false P&A marketing budget,” and funds supposedly being put up by other banks.
Third Eye Capital now is seeking more than $12 million in damages, punitive damages, and legal costs. The complaint was filed by attorney Jeffrey Wruble.
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Feb. 21: Actor Corbin Bleu (“High School Musical,” “Jump In!”) is 22.
Feb. 21, 1965: Malcolm X (39) assassinated in Audubon Ballroom at a rally of his organization. Three Blacks were later convicted of the crime and sentenced to life imprisonment. (Source: www.BlackFacts.com)