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Vanessa Hudgens BIO

A California native, Vanessa Hudgens began her career in musical theatre at the age of eight, performing in productions of Evita, Carousel, The Wizard of Oz, The King & I, The Music Man, Cinderella and Damn Yankees. She made her feature film debut in Catherine Hardwick's Thirteen, starring Holly Hunter and Evan Rachel Wood, and co-starred in the action film, Thunderbirds. She is best known for her role as Gabriella Montez in Disney Channel's breakaway hit, "High School Musical" and its follow up films, "High School Musical 2" and the theatrical release, High School Musical 3: Senior Year. She followed her "High School Musical" success with the critically acclaimed Bandslam, as well as Beastly and Journey 2: The Mysterious Island. Credits include Frozen Ground, directed by Scott Walker, Spring Breakers, opposite James Franco and Selena Gomez and directed by Harmony Korine, and Gimme Shelter, directed by Ron Krauss. In 2010, she won the ShoWest Award for "Female Star of Tomorrow" and the Trendsetter Award at the 2014 Young Hollywood Awards. Additional film credits include The Princess Switch, Second Act, and Bad Boys for Life.

Hudgens played the titular role in Gigi on Broadway and starred in the KENNEDY Center production of In the Heights. She's perhaps best known for her work in the High School Musical franchise. She also starred in Rent: Live and Grease: Live. She executive produced and star in The Knight Before Christmas.

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Vanessa Hudgens STAGE CREDITS

FOX Live Televised Production, 2019
Maureen Johnson

[Washington, DC (Regional)]
Kennedy Center Concert Production, 2018

[Motion Picture]
FOX Live Televised Production, 2016
Betty Rizzo

Broadway Revival, 2015

[Washington, DC (Regional)]
Kennedy Center Production, 2015

Vanessa Hudgens Movies

[2003]Thirteen Noel Vanessa Anne Hudgens

[2004]Thunderbirds Tintin

[2008]High School Musical 3: Senior Year Gabriella Montez

[2009]Bandslam Sa5m

[2011]Sucker Punch Blondie

[2011]Beastly Lindy

[2012]Spring Breakers Candy

[2012]Journey 2: The Mysterious Island Kailani

[2013]Gimme Shelter AgnesAppleBailey

[2013]The Frozen Ground Cindy Paulson

[2013]Machete Kills Cereza

[2015]Freaks of Nature Lorelei

[2018]Second Act Zoe

[2018]Dog Days Tara

[2018]The Princess Switch Stacy De Novo, Lady Margaret

[2019]Polar Camille

[2019]The Knight Before Christmas Brooke

[2020]Bad Boys for Life Kelly

[2020]The Princess Switch: Switched Again Stacy, Margaret, Fiona

[2021]Asking for It Beatrice

[2021]My Little Pony: A New Generation Sunny Starscout

[2021]tick, tick... BOOM! Karessa

[2021]The Princess Switch 3 Fiona Pembroke, Queen Margaret, Stacy

[2022]Entergalactic Karina

Vanessa Hudgens TV Shows

Drunk History Mata Hari, Marge Callaghan, Joan of Arc

Powerless Emily Locke

Vanessa Hudgens Videos

Vanessa Hudgens News

Norm Lewis, Brian Stokes Mitchell, and Skylar Astin Join Sondheim Celebration At Hollywood Bowl

Broadway stars Skylar Astin, Norm Lewis and Brian Stokes Mitchell will complete the glittering cast of Broadway luminaries for Everybody Rise! A Sondheim Celebration on Sunday, July 30, 2023, at the Hollywood Bowl. They are joined by previously announced three-time Tony Award-winner Patti LuPone, Sierra Boggess and Sutton Foster for this unforgettable concert program curated by Robert Longbottom and Kevin Stites and conducted by Stites.

Lane Marsh Named Director Of Operations For Broadway's GM Foresight Theatrical

Foresight Theatrical, a leading Broadway general management company, under the supervision of partners Allan Williams, Aaron Lustbader and Mark Shacket, has named Lane Marsh as Director of Operations.  Marsh, also a general manager at FST, has been with the company since its formation in 2012.   The FST partners also announced that Nick Ginsberg and Jalaina Ross have been promoted to general managers. 

GG Magree Shares New Single 'Turn Me On'

Continuing her string of rock and pop-punk hybrid releases, Australian musician GG Magree returns to Monstercat uncaged with her electrifying guitar-smashing single, “Turn Me On.” The record blends 90s rock style and modern pop-punk with thrashing drums, haunting guitar bass, and GG’s sultry vocals.

Review: HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL at Shanley High School

What did our critic think of HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL at Shanley High School?

Laura Benanti, Lily Rabe & More to be Featured in Williamstown Theatre Festival 2023 Summer Season

Programming has been confirmed for the 2023 Williamstown Theatre Festival summer season.

Recap the Recent Works of Thomas Kail

Thomas Kail is returning to Broadway to direct the new revival of Sweeney Todd, which is now in previews and officially opens on March 26. Here are just a few of his projects from the past decade, that you may or may not have known about!

Vanessa Hudgens to Document her First Trip to the Phillipines in Film Produced by TEN17P

Actress and entrepreneur Vanessa Hudgens is set to explore her Filipino lineage through starring in an international documentary film produced by TEN17P that will bring her to her mother’s homeland, the Philippines, for the very first time.

Video: Watch 10 of Our Favorite Musical Moments at the Oscars

With Broadway favorites like Stephanie Hsu and Brian Tyree Henry nominated for Oscars this year, check out videos of 10 times Broadway took the Oscars with glitzy performances from stars like Hugh Jackman, Kristin Chenoweth, Lea Salonga, Beyoncé, Catherina Zeta-Jones, Cynthia Erivo, Jennifer Hudson, Lady Gaga, Idina Menzel, and more

Jeremy Renner's RENNERVATIONS to Premiere on Disney+ in April

Renner teams up with actor and producer Anthony Mackie (Marvel Studios’ “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’’), actress and entrepreneur Vanessa Hudgens (“Tick, Tick… Boom!”), actor and producer Anil Kapoor (“Mission Impossible,” “Slumdog Millionaire”) and singer and songwriter Sebastián Yatra (“Encanto”) will join Renner.

Meet the Cast of NEW YORK, NEW YORK; Beginning Previews on Broadway Tonight!

New York, New York begins previews tonight, Friday, March 24, 2023. The musical officially opens Wednesday, April 26, 2023 at Broadway's St. James Theatre. Meet the cast of New York, New York!

Vanessa Hudgens, Lilly Singh & Ashley Graham to Host Oscars Pre-Show

This marks Hudgens’ second consecutive year hosting the official pre-show. Content creator Reece Feldman will be a backstage correspondent, and Rocsi Diaz will be the correspondent for the Academy’s member viewing party in New York. The 90-minute special will highlight Oscar nominees, performers and presenters.

Video: Full Cast and Creative Team Announced for NEW YORK, NEW YORK; Plus Watch a New Trailer!

The full cast and creative team has been announced for the brand new Kander & Ebb musical, NEW YORK, NEW YORK. Plus, check out a new trailer of the cast in action!

Firehouse Center Announces Teen Intensive Vacation Program

This February, the Firehouse Center for the Arts in Newburyport will launch its first ever Teen Intensive Vacation Program. The program will run 9am to 4pm during the Massachusetts school vacation week and will culminate in final performances of Disney's High School Musical. The Firehouse is a fun, professional, all inclusive regional theatre where teens will have the opportunity to explore the arts in a hands-on way.

Disney Channel Original Movies for Broadway Lovers

Read BroadwayWorld's list of the best Disney Channel Original movies for Broadway lovers, featuring High School Musical, Descendants and more!

Broadway Comes To Kipling! Stage Right Theatrical Institute Announces Summer Program

Stage Right Theatrical Institute created, in partnership with The Kipling School, a one of a kind all-day, 4-Week, Theatrical Summer Program for elementary and middle school students taught by Broadway and New York professionals.

Review: TICK, TICK... BOOM! Rocks the House at BoHoTheatre

What did our critic think of TICK, TICK... BOOM! at BoHoTheatre? 'They're singing happy birthday / you just want to lay down and cry' - Who hasn't resonated with these lyrics at some point in their lives? Despite its 90s punk rock aesthetic, Jonathan Larson's tick, tick...Boom! so accurately captures the essence of your late 20s. Whether it's straddling the decision of whether to 'settle down,' or watching your friends' careers take off while yours feels stagnant, anyone can relate to the challenges depicted in this gem of a show. With Director Bo Frazier at the helm, BoHo Theatre brings this intimate-yet-in-your-face musical to life with a superbly talented cast, highlighting trans and gender non-conforming voices in the process.

Video Flashback: Patti LuPone and Howard McGillin Sing 'You're The Top' From ANYTHING GOES

Watch a video of Patti LuPone and Howard McGillin singing 'You're The Top' from Anything Goes!

Listen: Joshua Henry Releases New Single 'Can't Nobody Tell Us Nothin''

Three-time Tony and GRAMMY-nominee Joshua Henry has released his new single, 'Can't Nobody Tell Us Nothin'.” The song comes just days before the nationally televised broadcast of the beloved Disney classic Beauty and the Beast: A 30th Celebration, in which Henry will play Gaston. He can also been seen on Broadway in Into the Woods.

Hugh Sheridan Will Star in TICK, TICK...BOOM! at Melbourne's Comedy Theatre and Brisbane's QPAC in 2023

One of Australia's favourite performers of stage and screen, Hugh Sheridan, will star as Jonathan Larson in the much-loved rock musical.

VIDEO: Watch Lin-Manuel Miranda Direct Original RENT Stars in TICK, TICK... BOOM! Movie

Lin Manuel-Miranda has released video footage of himself working a 'La Vie Boheme' gesture into the 'Sunday' choreography in the TICK, TICK... BOOM! movie with Adam Pascal, Daphne Rubin-Vega, and Wilson Jermaine Heredia.


Vanessa Hudgens has appeared on Broadway in 2 shows.

Vanessa Hudgens has not appeared in the West End

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