Zac Efron’s Best Musical Moments

When Zac Efron isn’t being peed on by Nicole Kidman in The Paperboy or taking his shirt off in bad movies such as We Are Your Friends or Dirty Grandpa, he’s a musical superstar. Dancing, show-tunes, and emotions (so many emotions,) Efron is one of those guys that has it all: Looks, charisma, acting talent, and he can sing.

Technically we should all be mad as hell at him. But to celebrate his supporting role in The Greatest Showman, we’re looking at the times he burst into melodies and brought out a beat or too.

And, yes, I am going to talk about each High School Musical individually.

High School Musical (2006)

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So, true story, Zac Efron doesn’t sing in this film. OK. He does but it’s very short lines such as the opening for Breaking Free. The rest of Troy Bolton’s musical escapades are sung by Drew Seely, who’d often replace Zac on Disney tours (How do I know that?) Anyway, High School Musical revolved around Efron’s character Troy ,who is a basketball player, falling in love with the nerdy Gabriella through the medium of song. Plagued by pressure from their social cliques, Troy and Gabriella pursue their dream of being in the school musical, much to the chagrin of drama kids Sharpay and Ryan. With such dialogue as “What are those two doing in a tree?” or “Creme bruele! ” the TV movie became icon.  Ridiculous but popular, High School Musical blazed onto the Disney Channel with such a likeability that it garnered legions of fans.

I know this is Zac Efron’s musical moments and he absolutely doesn’t feature in the following song  but it’s so good to not mention.

High School Musical 2 (2007)

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So yes, the popularity of the original led to an inevitable sequel. This time Zac Efron does sing! And boy, does he really go for it. This sequel saw the gang head to a summer retreat for rich people but had to work there instead. Troy is yet again torn between his love of song and Gabriella and his talent for basketball whilst Sharpay is trying to lure him into yet another show. Following a pretty similar formula, there are songs of betrayal, songs of reunion, and a truly catchy opening number about it actually being Summertime (after all, it is their vacation.)

But it’d be remiss if we didn’t bring up the conflict number Bet On It. With Efron pirouetting across a golf course trying to figure out his destiny, it is a glorious and epic moment.

High School Musical 3: Senior Year (2008)

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Senior Year was the only High School Musical that went to the cinemas and, we were grateful for it! The new medium meant that the series could level the fuck up in song numbers, dance sequences, and more. Musical highlights included I Want It All and the final song High School Musical. It was an emotional goodbye, after all, we’d spent three years with these characters and had grown to love them all. Of course, the story-line still revolved around Troy trying to figure out exactly what he wanted to do with his life whilst Gabriella left again.

That being said, if Gabriella didn’t leave and if Troy wasn’t torn, then we wouldn’t get this absolutely phenomenal breakdown song AGAIN from Efron’s floppy haired hero. He even sings to a massive poster of himself. It doesn’t get more genius than that.

Hairspray (2007)

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Due to the popularity of High School Musical, Zac Efron  was cast in the proper musical Hairspray. The movie is based on the stage musical which was based on John Walter’s cult movie, all of the same name. The film revolves around the plucky Tracy Turnblad who’s plump size won’t stop her becoming famous on the Corney Collins show as a dancer!  She also falls in love with the dreamy Link Larkin played by Zac Efron. This vibrant outing is merely a background for the deeper issue of segregation, racism, and acceptance.

The finale song which unites all the goodness of being yourself and loving everyone is a show-stopping number for the ages.

The Greatest Showman (2017)

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Be prepared to be swept away in The Greatest Showman. Literally, in Zac Efron’s case as his defining song with the impeccable Zendaya involves skimming surfaces and twirling through the air, hanging off ropes. The latest musical outing for Zac Efron (in which he really, and epically, wears the best pair of trousers) sees him play Philip Carlyle, an actor turned partner in PT Barnum’s circus. He also falls in love with the gorgeous trapeze artist Anne Wheeler, lending to the beautiful aforementioned track. There’s also another rambunctious duet with Hugh Jackman as he  joins in with the circus antics, The Greatest Showman showcases, yet again, Efron’s musical prowess!


The Greatest Showman is out Boxing Day 

Our Favourite Christmas Movies

Christmas is here so some of the team is tackling our favourite festive films: 

Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) – Sarah

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The Nightmare Before Christmas is one of my favourite films of all time. It is by far the greatest Christmas movie because as a stranger who never had a Christmas, Jack Skellington highlights all that is great about the season (some we may have forgotten about) and Jack, as a character, I feel most for. He is a man who became complacent at the top of his game, tries something new and fails but uses that mistake to do greater things back where he belongs. As a monster, he is the most human lead character I have ever seen. And so many relate to him, his creator and his movie that it is great to see him with this cult following along side his love Sally, the voice of reason who longs to be free. They are characters that speak volumes, stick long after your first watch and never get old after you hundredth. The Nightmare Before Christmas will be with us for years.

Die Hard (1988) – Robbie

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For those of you who have read the title and raised an eyebrow, yes, Die Hard is a Christmas film. Is it traditional? No, of course not, but how can we still be denying the festive spirit in this masterpiece of action cinema? Die Hard is one of the greatest action films ever made, if not the greatest, and the main reason for that is that it’s not a spectacle; don’t get me wrong, the action sequences are terrific, but what really brings the film home is the grounded nature and consistent humanity of it. John McClane (Played wonderfully by Bruce Willis. Remember when Bruce WIllis tried?) is a real man, with a real life and real feelings and real skills. He’s not invincible, he takes several hits in this film and almost meets his maker a bunch of times, it’s his sheer desire and determination to save the day that keeps him going. This film takes the time to flesh out every important character, from his wife Holly, to Alan Rickman’s Hans Gruber, and even loveable Al Powell. They’re all so satisfying, and it adds real stakes and real connection to the picture. Infinitely quotable, undeniably gripping, and totally badass, Die Hard is a film that gets everything right, and its an essential Christmas classic

Arthur Christmas (2011) – Sarah

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Arthur Christmas is a genuinely armoured British Christmas film with a hapless titular hero who lovingly encompasses the excellence of the festive period. It revolves around Arthur who has Voiced by James McAvoy he conveys this remarkably well through his fun and frolicking performance that gives this film a great heart. With the additions of Jim Broadbent, Hugh Laurie and Ashley Jenson to deliver some great range to their characters. And there is no denying that the titular character has a lot of soul to him. This isn’t some disgruntled Scrooge learning about the importance of Christmas; it’s someone who loves the holiday so much that they are willing to face their fears (of the unknown in this case) and venture out to save it.

Blinkering bright lights, colour-filled antics and squeaky elves would appease anyone who carries the festive cheer with them always. With a great voice cast, and a cheering festive spirit. This is an unmissable film.

The Muppets Christmas Carol (1992) – Jo

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A Christmas Carol is a classic Dickens tale. The three spirts visiting a mean old man named Scrooge to show him the error of his ways before Christmas has had so many incarnations it is hard to keep track. Yet the one so many children are introduced to is perhaps also the most unorthodox. Of all the outings The Muppets have embarked on it is their wonderful rendition of A Muppets Christmas Carol that remains my favourite and a Christmas essential movie.

The furry bunch all take on the roles of the Dickens characters while Gonzo and Rizzo narrate the tale that unfolds. While Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and Robin play the Cratchit family the iconic role of Ebenezer Scrooge is filled by National treasure Michael Caine, in one of his best roles. As the Muppets play for laughs and occasional tears Caine remains the serious centre and a Scrooge audiences all love to watch. Cute, funny, whimsical yet retaining all the heart and moral of its source material. The film reinforces the joy and true meaning of Christmas and while it may not be as Dickens intended I think great man would have approved.

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989) – Lee-Anne

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Every Christmas Eve we would have the inevitable argument over which Christmas-y film we should watch. Mum would say something soppy, dad would say something with guns, kids would say something lousy. Christmas Vacation ended these disputes. There is something for everyone to enjoy and giggle at. The ridiculous over the topness and attempt after attempt to have the ‘perfect Christmas’ puts the whole holiday into perspective. With Chevy Chase at his peak and a young Leonard from Big Bang Theory enjoying his first taste of stardom, watch Christmas Vacation if you need a bit of stress relief from all that festive cheer.

It’s A Wonderful Life (1946) – Georgia

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I hate to disagree with my esteemed colleagues, and these Christmas films are all beautiful in their own way – but it’s time to accept the fact that It’s A Wonderful Life is the best Christmas film ever made. It is a stone cold classic, and it has everything; relatability, peril, a grumpy villain, a love story, and a heart-warming resolution where our hero learns that he’s right where he should be. If you haven’t seen it, you’re failing at Christmas. Running at nearly three hours it’s quite a commitment of a film – but that makes it the perfect length for gift wrapping. Parodied countless times in its heritage, it truly is a staple of your Christmas viewing.


Merry Christmas from We Make Movies On Weekends!