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Photo Coverage Exclusive: Abdul & Ortega Visit IN THE HEIGHTS

Last night, some very special guests dropped by IN THE HEIGHTS and BroadwayWorld.com was there! Kenny Ortega, who will be directing the film version of the show saw his High School Musical alumni Corbin Bleu along with --- Paul Abdul!

Corbin Bleu will star in the show through April 25, 2010. Corbin Bleu starred in the Emmy-award winning Disney Channel Original Movie "High School Musical" and its sequel, "High School Musical 2" alongside Zac Efron, Vanessa Anne Hudgens, and Ashley Tisdale. Bleu plays, Chad , the devoted basketball player and best friend to Troy (Efron). "High School Musical 2" premiered to 18 million viewers, making it the highest rated Disney Channel Original Movie in history and overall highest rated program in cable history.

Due to the worldwide success of "High School Musical," Bleu reprised his role as Chad in "High School Musical 3: Senior Year." The film finds the characters staging an elaborate spring musical reflecting their experiences, hope and fears about the future. "High School Musical 3: Senior Year" grossed $42 million nationally within the first few days of its premiere on October 24th, 2008.

On stage, Bleu starred in the Off-Broadway production of "Tiny Tim is Dead" as well as "Brothers of the Knight" with Debbie Allen. He attended the prestigious Debbie Allen Dance Academy and then attended the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts as a theatre Major. Due for release in early 2009 will be Bleu's second album distributed by Hollywood Records. Bleu's debut solo album entitled "Another Side," was released in May 2007. The album featured the hit single "Push it to the Limit" from his film "Jump In!" He recently released the single "Run It Back Again" from the Disney Channel Original Movie "Minutemen" which was one of the top 10 downloaded songs on iTunes. Bleu was recently nominated for a 2008 NAACP Image Award for "Best New Artist."

In the Heights opened on Broadway to wide critical acclaim on March 9, 2008, and continues to play the Richard Rodgers Theatre. In addition to winning the 2008 Tony Award for Best Musical, Lin-Manuel Miranda, the show's creator, won the Tony Award for Best Music and Lyrics; Andy Blankenbuehler won for Best Choreography; and Alex Lacamoire and Bill Sherman won for Best Orchestrations. The original cast recording won the 2008 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album, and Universal Pictures has acquired the rights to produce a feature film based on the smash hit musical.

For more information, visit www.intheheightsthemusical.com

Photo Coverage Exclusive: Abdul & Ortega Visit IN THE HEIGHTS

Photo Coverage Exclusive: Abdul & Ortega Visit IN THE HEIGHTS
Paula Abdul

Photo Coverage Exclusive: Abdul & Ortega Visit IN THE HEIGHTS
Paula Abdul

Photo Coverage Exclusive: Abdul & Ortega Visit IN THE HEIGHTS
Michael Balderrama, Paula Abdul & Eliseo Roman

Photo Coverage Exclusive: Abdul & Ortega Visit IN THE HEIGHTS
Michael Balderrama, Paula Abdul & Eliseo Roman

Photo Coverage Exclusive: Abdul & Ortega Visit IN THE HEIGHTS
Paula Abdul & Eliseo Roman

Photo Coverage Exclusive: Abdul & Ortega Visit IN THE HEIGHTS
Paula Abdul & Eliseo Roman

Photo Coverage Exclusive: Abdul & Ortega Visit IN THE HEIGHTS
Paula Abdul poses with some of the ladies of IN THE HEIGHTS

Photo Coverage Exclusive: Abdul & Ortega Visit IN THE HEIGHTS
Michael Balderrama, Paula Abdul & Priscilla Lopez

Photo Coverage Exclusive: Abdul & Ortega Visit IN THE HEIGHTS
Michael Balderrama, Paula Abdul & Priscilla Lopez

Photo Coverage Exclusive: Abdul & Ortega Visit IN THE HEIGHTS
Michael Balderrama & Paula Abdul

Photo Coverage Exclusive: Abdul & Ortega Visit IN THE HEIGHTS
Doreen Montalvo & Paula Abdul

Photo Coverage Exclusive: Abdul & Ortega Visit IN THE HEIGHTS
Corbin Bleu

Photo Coverage Exclusive: Abdul & Ortega Visit IN THE HEIGHTS
Corbin Bleu

Photo Coverage Exclusive: Abdul & Ortega Visit IN THE HEIGHTS
Corbin Bleu

Photo Coverage Exclusive: Abdul & Ortega Visit IN THE HEIGHTS
Kenny Ortega & Paula Abdul

Photo Coverage Exclusive: Abdul & Ortega Visit IN THE HEIGHTS
Kenny Ortega & Paula Abdul

Photo Coverage Exclusive: Abdul & Ortega Visit IN THE HEIGHTS
Paula Abdul & Corbin Bleu

Photo Coverage Exclusive: Abdul & Ortega Visit IN THE HEIGHTS
Corbin Bleu and Kenny Ortega

Photo Coverage Exclusive: Abdul & Ortega Visit IN THE HEIGHTS
Corbin Bleu and Kenny Ortega

Photo Coverage Exclusive: Abdul & Ortega Visit IN THE HEIGHTS
Corbin Bleu and Kenny Ortega

Photo Coverage Exclusive: Abdul & Ortega Visit IN THE HEIGHTS
Corbin Bleu and Kenny Ortega

Photo Coverage Exclusive: Abdul & Ortega Visit IN THE HEIGHTS
Kenny Ortega, Paula Abdul & Corbin Bleu

Photo Coverage Exclusive: Abdul & Ortega Visit IN THE HEIGHTS
Kenny Ortega, Paula Abdul & Corbin Bleu

Photo Coverage Exclusive: Abdul & Ortega Visit IN THE HEIGHTS
The Cast of IN THE HEIGHTS with its special guests!

Photo Coverage Exclusive: Abdul & Ortega Visit IN THE HEIGHTS
The Cast of IN THE HEIGHTS with its special guests!

Photo Coverage Exclusive: Abdul & Ortega Visit IN THE HEIGHTS
The Cast of IN THE HEIGHTS with its special guests!

Photo Coverage Exclusive: Abdul & Ortega Visit IN THE HEIGHTS

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Walter McBride As a 14 year old youth, Walter was transfixed by his first Broadway Show, the original production of 'GREASE'. His Journey to celebrity photojournalism began that fateful night. Meeting, photographing and getting to know the cast inspired him to spend his professional life doing what he loved. Walter moved to Manhattan and for a leading role as a Photographer & Photo Researcher. Currently headlining in New Jersey with his partner Richard and family members Dali (Jack Russell) & Gala (Schnoodle). Recently he made his Broadway debut sharing the stage with Hugh Jackman in 'Hugh Jackman on Broadway' as well as receiving the Actors' Equity Association Gypsy Spirit Award. Walter McBride Photography is syndicated worldwide by Corbis/AP.