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Corbin Bleu
Bleu in 2012
Corbin Bleu Reivers

(1989-02-21) February 21, 1989 (age 35)
Alma mater
  • Actor
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • dancer
Years active1996–present
(m. 2016)
Musical career
OriginLos Angeles, California, U.S.
  • Vocals
  • piano
Years active2006–present

Corbin Bleu Reivers (/bl/ BLOO; born February 21, 1989)[2] is an American actor and singer. He began acting professionally in the late 1990s before rising to prominence in the late 2000s for his leading role as Chad Danforth in the High School Musical trilogy (2006–2008). Songs from the films also charted worldwide, with the song "I Don't Dance" peaking inside the Top 70 of the Billboard Hot 100. During this time, he also starred in the Disney Channel Original Movie Jump In! (2007) and the film To Write Love on Her Arms (2015). He competed in the 17th season of Dancing with the Stars.[3]

Bleu has also pursued a music career and his debut album Another Side was released in 2007, which included the hit "Push It to the Limit". The album debuted and peaked at number 36 on the U.S. Billboard 200 album chart, selling 18,000 copies in its first week.[4] His second album, Speed of Light, was released in 2009. He returned to television, starring in the short-lived Ashton Kutcher–produced CW series The Beautiful Life: TBL (2009) and the movie Free Style (2009). He has appeared in the films The Little Engine That Could (2011), Scary or Die (2012), Nurse 3D (2013), Sugar (2013), The Monkey's Paw (2013), Walk. Ride. Rodeo. (2019), Remember Me: The Mahalia Jackson Story (2022), and Camp Hideout (2023).

In 2010, Bleu played Usnavi in the Broadway company of In the Heights.[5] In 2012, he returned to Broadway in the revival of Godspell.[6] In 2013, he was cast as Jeffrey King in the short-lived online revival of the daytime soap One Life to Live. In 2016, Bleu played Ted Hanover in the Broadway company of Holiday Inn, the New Irving Berlin Musical.[7][8] He subsequently signed a recording contract with Ghostlight Records,[A] to distribute his Holiday Inn soundtrack music, released in 2017.[9] In 2019, he returned to play Bill Calhoun/Lucentio in the Broadway company of Kiss Me, Kate.[10] He subsequently signed a recording contract with Ghostlight Records, to distribute his Kiss Me, Kate soundtrack music, released on June 7, 2019.[11]

Early life and education

Bleu was born in New York City, in the borough of Brooklyn, the son of Martha (née Callari) and David Reivers (born 1958), an actor.[12] His mother is Italian-American and his father is Jamaican-American. He has three younger sisters. As a child, Bleu studied dance for several years, focusing on ballet and jazz. His great-uncle is actor Joseph Callari.[13]

Bleu appeared in television commercials starting at age two, for products such as Life cereal, Bounty, Hasbro and Nabisco.[14] He began taking jazz and ballet classes, usually as the only boy in the class. By age four he was a model with the Ford Modeling Agency in New York. He appeared in print ads for stores such as Macy's, Gap, Target and Toys R Us and in fashion spreads in Child, Parents, and American Baby magazines, as well as having his image on toys and game packaging.[14]

At age six, Bleu appeared in his first professional theater production, at The Town Hall.[15] This three-concert series, created, written, and hosted by Scott Siegel, took place over one weekend and included a tribute to David Merrick.[15] Bleu played an abandoned homeless mute in the play Tiny Tim is Dead.[16]

Bleu graduated from Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. He trained in dancing at the Debbie Allen Dance Academy and attended the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts as a theater major, following in his mother's footsteps.[17][18] Bleu graduated from high school in 2007 and was admitted to Stanford University, but declined to matriculate.[19]

Acting career

1996–2005: Early career

Bleu moved with his family from New York to Los Angeles in 1996. He worked steadily in episodic television and feature film roles, including a recurring role on the short-lived ABC police drama High Incident and a guest star appearance on ER. He also appeared in some films, like Beach Movie (1998)[B] and the sci-fi thriller Soldier (1998). His feature films from this period include the Tim Allen comedy Galaxy Quest (1999), the comedy Mystery Men (1999), and the drama Family Tree (1999), Bleu also had roles in Malcolm & Eddie, as Matthew, and Cover Me: Based on the True Life of an FBI Family (2000), as Nick Elderby,[C][20] and smaller roles like in the comedy series Nickelodeon's show The Amanda Show.[21]

Additionally, Bleu was developing his dance skills and in 2001 began intensive training at the Debbie Allen Dance Academy. There he undertook a full gamut of dance instruction, including ballet, jazz, tap, modern, hip-hop, African, break dance, salsa, flamenco and ballroom. Allen, the choreographer who starred in the TV series Fame, told Dance Spirit magazine: "I think [Bleu] really has a career. Success is one thing, but a career is a much longer, broader journey".[14]

Bleu attended the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, a magnet school like the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, which was portrayed in the movie and television series Fame and which Bleu's mother attended.[22] During his freshman year, he won his first sizable film role in the teen action caper Catch That Kid (2004),[D] about a girl and her friends who decide to rob a bank after learning that money is needed to aid her dying father, alongside Kristen Stewart and Max Thieriot. It was a box-office flop, grossing $10 million, but served as an important step for Bleu, who was still building his acting career. During high school, he performed in student productions of Footloose and Grease, winning the honor of Theatre Student of the Year.[23]

In the summer of 2004 Bleu landed a starring role in the television series Flight 29 Down, alongside Allen Alvarado, Hallee Hirsh, Lauren Storm, Jeremy James Kissner, Johnny Pacar and Kristy Wu, which aired for three seasons on the Discovery Kids network. The program, a juvenile version of the ABC series Lost, concerned a group of teenagers stranded on a tropical island after their plane crashes. Bleu played Nathan McHugh, a Boy Scout whose leadership skills do not quite measure up to his self-confidence.[24]

2006–2008: High School Musical and breakthrough

Bleu at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2007

Bleu's next television project was the Disney Channel original film High School Musical (2006), in which he portrayed the basketball player Chad Danforth, who tries to persuade his teammate Troy Bolton (Zac Efron) to give up his interest in theater and focus on winning a basketball championship. High School Musical premiered on January 20, 2006; with an audience of 7.7 million television viewers, it was the Disney Channel's most successful TV movie up to that point. The film, which also starred Ashley Tisdale, Lucas Grabeel, Vanessa Hudgens, and Monique Coleman, was a major success and helped Bleu gain recognition among teenage audiences. The film's soundtrack was certified quadruple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).[25]

He joined co-stars on the 51-date High School Musical: The Concert (2006–2007) tour to promote the film,[26] work on the second film in the series began, and Bleu was confirmed to be returning for the sequel. High School Musical 2 (2007) was released on August 17, 2007. The premiere was seen by over 17.2 million viewers in the U.S., almost 10 million more than its predecessor, making it the highest-rated Disney Channel Movie of all time.[27] Disney Channel aired a weekly program called Road to High School Musical 2, beginning on June 8, 2007, and leading up to the premiere of High School Musical 2 in August. The show offered viewers a behind-the-scenes look into the movie's production. The world premiere of the opening number "What Time Is It" was on Radio Disney on May 25, 2007,[28] and "I Don't Dance" premiered on August 14, 2007.[29] The film was generally well received by critics, gaining a score of 77/100 at Metacritic[30] and 82% on Rotten Tomatoes.[31] It broke opening-weekend records and grossed over $250 million worldwide.[32] Its soundtrack, featuring many contributions from Bleu, sold over three million copies in the U.S. alone.[33] "I Don't Dance", a duet with Lucas Grabeel, became his first top-40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100, and was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).[34] It was named the official theme song of the 2007 Little League World Series.[35] During this time, Bleu began singing on soundtracks for the Disney Channel, and released a cover of "Two Worlds" (2007) to promote Tarzan.[36]

In 2007, Bleu starred in his next film, the Disney Channel original Jump In!,[E] which aired on January 12, 2007. Directed by Paul Hoen, the movie revolves around a young boy, Izzy Daniels, who trains regularly to try to follow in his father's footsteps and win the Golden Glove, an amateur boxing tournament. Bleu played Daniels and Keke Palmer portrayed Mary, his friend who has a crush on him. Again, Disney scored a crossover hit with the Jump In! soundtrack album, released in January 2007, on which Bleu sings the track "Push It to the Limit".[37] Reaching the screens on the Disney Channel that January, Jump In! was a major hit among young viewers and quickly became the network's highest-rated premiere, breaking the record set by The Cheetah Girls 2 in 2006. Its soundtrack was also a commercial hit, achieving gold status from the RIAA three months after its release.[12] Bleu appeared in the Atlanta group Small Change's music video "Don't Be Shy", featuring Chani and Lil' JJ.[38]

He guest starred as Johnny Collins in the premiere two episodes of Disney's Hannah Montana (2006–2008).[39] He also had a small role as Spencer on Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide, appearing in the episodes entitled Guide to: The School Play and Guide to: Revenge & School Records.[40] and Mother Goose Parade as Grand Marshal in 2006 and 2007.[41] While with Disney Channel, Bleu also participated in the first ever Disney Channel Games and co-captained the blue team along with Jake T. Austin, Maiara Walsh, Cole Sprouse and Kiely Williams. A year before, he returned to repeat his captaincy of the blue team with Brenda Song, Vanessa Hudgens, Monique Coleman and Jason Earles.[42] In August 2007, Bleu starred in Flight 29 Down: The Hotel Tango, an teen drama film version of the television series of the same name.[43] Also in 2007, he is voice in The Secret of the Magic Gourd (2007), He appeared on The Tyra Banks Show in 2008.[44]

Bleu went on to reprise his role of Chad Danforth in High School Musical 3: Senior Year (2008), the first film in the High School Musical franchise to receive a theatrical release. It opened at number one at the North American box office in October 2008, earning $42 million in its first weekend, which broke the record previously held by Mamma Mia! for the biggest opening by a musical.[45] The film finished with $252 million worldwide, which exceeded Disney's expectations.[46] The song "The Boys Are Back" (2008), a duet with Zac Efron, became his second top forty hit on the Billboard Hot 100, and was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA).[47][48] The phenomenon of High School Musical has changed Bleu's life, delivering him to the heights of media celebrity while still in his teens. For his role as Chad Danforth, the team captain of the school's basketball team, he was nominated for an NAACP Image Award and a Young Artist Award and Teen Choice Awards in 2007 and 2009 respectively.[49] Bleu lent his voice for the role of Chad Danforth in High School Musical video games, a video game.[50][51][52][53][54][55]

2009–present: Continued work

The following year, Bleu played the lead role in the film called Free Style (2009).[56] It concerns Cale Bryant, an eighteen-year-old man who tries to find himself by winning the Amateur National Motocross Championships. Free Style performed poorly in the box office, having only grossed $720,000 from a $10 million budget. Over the next few years, Bleu's television roles included the drama series The CW Television Network's show The Beautiful Life: TBL.[57] The series was subsequently cancelled on September 25, 2009 after televising 2 episodes.[58] In December 2009, the technology company HP became the show's sponsor and began airing the show's five episodes on YouTube.[59][60] Also in 2009, he was a voice actor in Beyond All Boundaries, and appeared on Entertainment Tonight and The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet. Also in 2009, he was the voice of Coltrane in the premiere two episodes of Disney's Phineas and Ferb.[61]

Bleu at the Summer with the Stars in 2011

Corbin Bleu made his Broadway stage debut in 2010 as the lead character, bodega-owner Usnavi, in the critically acclaimed musical In the Heights.[62] and guest starred in one episode of The Good Wife as DJ Javier Berlin in October 2010.[63] in 2010, Corbin starred in the short comedy film I Owe My Life to Corbin Bleu, alongside Andrew Caldwell, Drake Bell, Sarah Hyland, Ryan Pinkston, Sterling Knight, Matt Prokop, Matt Shively and Josh Sussman. In 2011, he performed the voice Lou in The Little Engine That Could (2011). From August 5–7, Bleu performed in the musical Hairspray as Seaweed at the Hollywood Bowl, alongside Nick Jonas, Harvey Fierstein, Marissa Jaret Winokur, Drew Carey and Darlene Love.[64] and he performed the voice Flip in Tonka Chuck and Friends: Big Air Dare.[65]

In 2012, Bleu also had a role in and co-produced the indie horror anthology Scary or Die (2012), a collection of five short horror films.[66] In 2012, he joined the cast of Godspell as Jesus beginning April 17 at the Circle in the Square Theatre.[F][67] He joined co-stars on the 66th Annual Tony Awards, to performing "Day by Day" and "Light of the World" at Beacon Theatre,[68][69] with Neil Patrick Harris as the host.[70][71] During this time, he recorded the duet "If I Never Knew You" (2012), with Anna Maria Perez de Tagle to promote Pocahontas.[72][73] He guest starred in one episode of Blue Bloods as Officer Blake in 2012.[74] In 2012, he performed the voice Drew in Twinkle Toes, Bleu starred in the drama film To Write Love on Her Arms (originally titled Renee[G]) in 2012, with Kat Dennings, Chad Michael Murray and Rupert Friend. The film began production in Orlando, Florida, in February 2011.[75][76]

In March 2013, Bleu had a role in the horror film The Monkey's Paw (2013).[77] and guest starred in one episode of Franklin & Bash as Jordan Allen French in 2013.[78] In April 2013, Bleu was cast in the role of Jeffrey King on the ABC daytime soap opera One Life to Live.[79] In 2013, Bleu starred in the film Sugar (2013), alongside Shenae Grimes and Marshall Allman. about a runaway girl living on the streets of Venice, Los Angeles. The film began production in Venice, Los Angeles, on November 30, 2010.[80][81] Also in 2013, Bleu appeared in the horror films Nurse 3D (2013), alongside Paz de la Huerta and Katrina Bowden.[82] The film began production in Toronto, on September 6, 2011 and wrapped on October 21, 2011.[83][84][85] In 2014 he also appeared as a guest star in Psych, the USA Network television series in Season 8.[86]

In September 2013, Bleu took part in the seventeenth-season of ABC's dancing competition Dancing with the Stars. He finished as runner-up.[87]

Bleu's only release in 2015 was the moderately successful Megachurch Murder (2015), in which he played a Marcus King, with Tamala Jones, Shanica Knowles and Romeo Miller.[88] In addition, Bleu appeared in Family Shots with The Human Race Theatre Company. In 2016, he also made a guest appearance in an episode of the family drama, The Fosters, playing the role of Mercutio, a character who appears in a school musical production of Romeo and Juliet.[89] Bleu and fellow guest-star Ashley Argota also co-starred in a production of Romeo and Juliet: Love Is a Battlefield at Rockwell Table and Stage, produced by The Fosters co-creator Bradley Bredeweg.[90] He also had a small role as Spencer on Castle in 2016.[91]

In January 2016, he joined the cast of The Dodgers as Simon, the rational voice amid the habitually stoned chatter, and beginning January 21 at the Hudson Mainstage Theatre.[92] In October 2016, he took part in Broadway productions notably the leading role in Holiday Inn, The New Irving Berlin Musical (originally titled Holiday Inn), a musical based on the 1942 Academy Award-winning film of the same name.[93] Returning to his tap dancing roots was "like riding a bike".[94] His former Disney co-stars attended a performance in October 2016.[95] The Broadway alum and High School Musical favorite grabbed a camera as Broadway websites' newest vlogger,[96] resulting in Bleu Skies: Backstage at Holiday Inn with Corbin Bleu. Bleu, who played Ted in the new Irving Berlin musical, gave a glimpse of backstage life at Studio 54, where he and his co-stars (including former vlogger Bryce Pinkham, Lora Lee Gayer, Megan Lawrence and Megan Sikora) celebrated an entire year's worth of special occasions eight times a week. Bleu Skies launched off on August 23 and ran every Tuesday for eight weeks.[97] with Bleu being nominated for a Chita Rivera Awards for Dance and Choreography in 2017, for outstanding dancing in a Broadway show[98] and eventually winning a Chita Rivera Award for his performance.[99][100]

While with ABC television, Bleu also participated in the revival of Battle of the Network Stars,[101] joining the red team along with Joey Lawrence, Nolan Gould, Lisa Whelchel and Kim Fields, with Ronda Rousey as the captain. The series premiered on June 29, 2017.[102] From July 28–30, Bleu performed in the musical Mamma Mia! as Sky at the Hollywood Bowl, alongside Dove Cameron, Lea DeLaria and Jennifer Nettles. The theatre premiered on July 28, 2017.[103] Corbin Bleu's career also included voice over work with Breathe Bible.[104] In December 2017, Corbin Bleu hosted the 2017 Looking Ahead Awards, presented by The Actors Fund.[105]

In November 2017, Bleu returned to 25th season of the show and in Week 8,[106] he performed in a trio Salsa with Jordan Fisher and his professional partner Lindsay Arnold.[107] After the trio delivered their Salsa to audiences, they ended with a score of 30 from the judges,[108]

In January 2018, he guest starred in one episode of The Middle as Luke, a handsome drummer that catches Brad's attention.[109][110] In 2018 he also appeared as a guest star in Chicago Med, the NBC television series in Season 3, as Tommy Oliver. From June 27 – July 3, Bleu performed in the musical Singin' in the Rain as Don Lockwood at the St. Louis Municipal Opera Theatre,[H][111] a musical based on the 1952 BAFTA Film Awards-winning film of the same name.[112] The theatre premiered on June 27, 2018.[113][114] with Bleu being nominated for a St. Louis Theater Circle Awards in 2019, for Outstanding Actor in a Musical.[115] Near the end of 2018, Bleu played Billy Crocker in Anything Goes,[116] which will be seen in-the-round at Arena Stage in D.C. Washington from November 2, 2018 to December 23, 2018.[117] with Bleu being nominated for a Helen Hayes Award in 2019, for Outstanding Actor in a Musical[118] and eventually winning a Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical.[119]

In March 2019, he was cast in the Netflix drama film Walk. Ride. Rodeo. (2019),[I] alongside Missi Pyle, Spencer Locke and Bailey Chase, directed by Conor Allyn.[120] He appeared on Show Offs in 2019.[121] In 2019, Bleu played Bill Calhoun/Lucentio in the Broadway revival of Kiss Me, Kate at the Roundabout Theatre's Studio 54. The musical originally opened on Broadway in 1948 and five years later was the basis for a liberally adapted 1953 film of the same name.[122] The production, directed by Scott Ellis,[123] began previewing on February 14, 2019. The limited engagement is scheduled to continue through June 30 at Studio 54.[124] For his performance, Bleu was nominated for the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical.[125] Bleu was also nominated for a 2019 Chita Rivera Awards for Dance and Choreography, for Outstanding Male Dancer in a Broadway Show[126] and for an Audience Choice Awards for Favorite Featured Actor in a Musical.[127] He was cast in a co-starring role in the Jordan Barker film Witches in the Woods (2019),[J][K][128] The project also stars Hannah Kasulka and Sasha Clements.[129] Bleu filmed an independent movie titled Ovid and the Art of Love. Filmed partially at the old St. Agnus Church in Michigan, the project also stars John Savage, Tamara Feldman and Tara Summers.[130]

In 2020, he appeared on The Disney Family Singalong, which aired on ABC on April 16, 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States.[131][132][133] In May 2020, he also appeared as a guest star in Supergirl, the CBS television series in Season 5, as Trevor Crane.[134] On June 30, 2020, Bleu joined in a live reading adaptation of Jason Reitman's Up in the Air to help raise funds for Acting for a Cause. The event's purpose was to help industry personnel impacted by COVID-19.[135] Bleu was later announced as the host of the 2021 Jimmy Awards,[L] in honor of legendary Broadway producer and theater owner James M. Nederlander.[136]

In 2021, he guest starred as Blaine in the premiere two episodes on The CW Television Network soap opera Dynasty.[M][137] In July 2021, he was cast in the Hallmark Channel original entitled Love, for Real (2021), alongside Chloe Bridges, Camille Kostek and Scott Michael Foster, directed by Maclain Nelson.[138] In December 2021, he appeared as the male lead in the a Lifetime Christmas movie, titled A Christmas Dance Reunion (2021), alongside Monique Coleman,[N] directed by Brian Herzlinger.[139] During this time, Bleu began song on soundtracks for the Winnie the Pooh: The New Musical Adaptation, and released a cover of "Winnie the Pooh" (2021).[140]

In July 2022, he was cast in the Hallmark Channel original entitled Campfire Christmas (2022), alongside Tori Anderson and Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman, directed by David I. Strasser.[141] He is set to return to the High School Musical franchise, guest starring as himself in the third season of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series,[142] Bleu contributes to two numbers a duet with star Sofia Wylie on the original song "Different Way to Dance" and with the entire cast on "Everyday".[143] From July 5–13, Bleu performed in the musical Mary Poppins as Bert at the St. Louis Municipal Opera Theatre, directed by John Tartaglia, choreographed by Patrick O'Neill, with music direction by Brad Haak.[144] In September 2022, he star as Cab Calloway, in the drama film Remember Me: The Mahalia Jackson Story, alongside Keith David, Vanessa Williams and Columbus Short, directed by Denise Dowse.[145]

In 2023, he was cast in the comedy film Camp Hideout (2023), with Christopher Lloyd, and directed by Sean Olson.[146] Starting September 26, 2023, Bleu performed in the horror comedy rock musical Little Shop of Horrors as Seymour Krelborn, replacing Jeremy Jordan at the Westside Theatre, directed by Tony winner Michael Mayer, choreographed by Ellenore Scott, with music direction by Will Van Dyke.[147]Also in 2023, he starred in the world premiere of the musical Summer Stock at the Goodspeed Opera House.[148]In April 2024, he is set to return to the show replacing Darren Criss.[149]

Music career

Bleu in August 2008

Bleu's first professionally recorded song was titled "Circles" or "Circles in My Mind" for his then TV show, Flight 29 Down. Bleu signed a contract with Hollywood Records, a Disney-owned label.[O] His debut album Another Side, was released in May 2007.[1][150] The album debuted at No. 36 on the Billboard 200 album charts, selling 18,000 in its first week. Bleu, who admires Prince, Michael Jackson, and Justin Timberlake, cowrote five songs on the album. One of those tracks was titled "Shake It Off", an ode to the musician Prince.[151] In 2007 he toured in support of Another Side with the teen sister duo Aly & AJ.[152]

Bleu worked with Ne-Yo on "I Get Lonely", and with other performers such as Matthew Gerrard and Eric Hudson. A music video for his first single, "Push It to the Limit" premiered on the Disney Channel, and was used to promote the movie Jump In! "Push It to the Limit" reached the Top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100, and his second single, "Deal With It",[P] was originally written and sung by Jay Sean. He later gave it to Bleu, whose version of the song features background vocals by Sean. The song went on to earn Sean a BMI Songwriter Award. Bleu sang the duet "Still There for Me" with Vanessa Hudgens for his debut album Another Side.

Bleu toured with fellow High School Musical cast members from late November 2006 to late January 2007 in High School Musical: The Concert, and with Drake Bell and Aly & AJ[153] performing in about 40 different cities.[154] To promote his debut album, Bleu performed at the Nextfest Summer Tour with the teen sister duo Aly & AJ and Drake Bell with Special Guest Bianca Ryan.

His debut single "Run It Back Again" was featured in the movie Minutemen, on January 22, 2008. The song is also featured on Radio Disney Jams, Vol. 10.[155] Bleu performed at the Crawford County Fair Grandstand with Vanessa Hudgens, on August 18, 2008.[156] A week later, on August 25, Bleu performed at the Michigan State Fair with Raven-Symoné.[157]

His second album Speed of Light was released on March 10, 2009, via Hollywood Records. The album's first single, "Moments That Matter", was performed by Bleu at Kids' Inaugural: "We Are the Future".[158]

In 2017, Bleu signed a one-album recording contract with Ghostlight Records to distribute his Holiday Inn, The New Irving Berlin Musical soundtrack music,[9] was released digitally on June 2, 2017.[159] The album featured twenty-one songs, and was produced by Kurt Deutsch with Todd Whitelock serving as coproducer and Universal Stage Productions as executive producer.[160]

Bleu released his a two-album recording contract with Ghostlight Records to distribute his Kiss Me, Kate soundtrack music,[161] the 24th cast album recording for Roundabout Theatre Company, since launching the musical theatre program with She Loves Me in 1993.[162]

Voice and musical ability

In an interview with Paul Wontorek, Bleu said he is naturally a lyric baritone.[163] He added that he is a fan of Brian d'Arcy James and gets vocal influences from him.[163]

Personal life

Bleu with his wife Sasha Clements in January 2018

Bleu has been a supporter of Do Something.[164] On March 16, 2010, he was added to the "Broadway Wall of Fame". His portrait was unveiled at Tony's Di Napoli Restaurant in New York City.[165]

In 2011, Bleu began dating actress Sasha Clements.[166][167] On October 15, 2014, they became engaged, and they married on July 23, 2016.[168]


Bleu has supported various charitable organizations and causes during his career.[169]

In 2011, Bleu worked for charities such as Starlight Children's Foundation,[170][171] the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.[169] In May 2011, he attended the Do Something Awards kickoff event.[172]



Title Year Role Director(s) Notes Ref(s)
Soldier 1998 Johnny Paul W. S. Anderson [173]
Beach Movie 1998 Kid John Quinn [174]
Family Tree 1999 Ricky Duane Clark [175]
Mystery Men 1999 Butch Kinka Usher [176]
Galaxy Quest 1999 Young Tommy Dean Parisot [177]
Catch That Kid 2004 Austin Bart Freundlich [Q]
The Secret of the Magic Gourd 2007 Magic Gourd (voice) John Chu
Frankie Chung
English dub [178]
High School Musical 3: Senior Year 2008 Chad Danforth Kenny Ortega [179]
Free Style 2009 Cale Bryant William Dear Filmed in 2008, released in 2009 [R]
Beyond All Boundaries 2009 Eddie W. Robinson (voice)
Sgt. Dan Levin (voice)
David Briggs [180]
I Owe My Life to Corbin Bleu 2010 Himself Deb Hagan Short film [181]
The Little Engine That Could 2011 Lou (voice) Elliot M. Bour [182]
Tonka Chuck and Friends: Big Air Dare 2011 Flip (voice) Fab Filippo [65]
Twinkle Toes 2012 Drew (voice) Mauro Casalese
Dave Woodgate
Scary or Die 2012 Emmett Bob Badway
Michael Emanuel
Igor Meglic
Nurse 3D 2013 Steve Doug Aarniokoski Filmed in 2011, released in 2013 [S]
Sugar 2013 Sketch Rotimi Rainwater Filmed in 2010, released in 2013 [T]
The Monkey's Paw 2013 Catfish Brett Simmons [185]
To Write Love on Her Arms 2015 Mackey Nathan Frankowski Filmed in 2011, released in 2015 [U]
Megachurch Murder 2015 Marcus King Darin Scott [186]
Walk. Ride. Rodeo. 2019 Diego Conor Allyn [V]
Witches in the Woods 2019 Philip Jordan Barker Filmed in 2018, released in 2019 [187]
Ovid and the Art of Love 2019 Ovid Esmé von Hoffman Filmed in 2015, released in 2019 [W]
Love, for Real 2021 Marco Maclain Nelson [X]
Remember Me: The Mahalia Jackson Story 2022 Cab Calloway Denise Dowse [Y]
Camp Hideout 2023 Jake Sean Olson [Z]

Television films

Title Year Role Director(s) Notes Ref(s)
High School Musical 2006 Chad Danforth [188]
Jump In! 2007 Isadore "Izzy" Daniels [189]
High School Musical 2 2007 Chad Danforth [190]
Mother Goose Parade 2007 Grand Marshal [191]
Flight 29 Down: The Hotel Tango 2007 Nathan McHugh [192]
A Christmas Dance Reunion 2021 Barrett Brewster Brian Herzlinger [193]
Campfire Christmas 2022 Thomas David I. Strasser [194]

Television series

Title Year Role Notes
High Incident 1996 N/A Recurring role
ER 1996 Little boy 1 episode
Malcolm & Eddie 1998 Matthew Episode: "Menace II Theology"
Cover Me: Based on the True Life of an FBI Family 2000 Nick Elderby 1 episode
The Amanda Show 2001–2002 Russel Carter 2 episodes
Flight 29 Down 2005–2007 Nathan McHugh Main cast
Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide 2006–2007 Spencer 2 episodes
Hannah Montana 2006–2008 Johnny Collins 2 episodes
Phineas and Ferb 2009 Coltrane (voice) 2 episodes
The Beautiful Life: TBL 2009 Isaac Main cast
The Good Wife 2010 Jay Hawke/ DJ Javier Berlin Episode: "Cleaning House"
Blue Bloods 2012 Officer Blake 1 episode
Franklin & Bash 2013 Jordan Allen French Episode: "Dead and Alive"
One Life to Live 2013 Jeffrey King Contract role
Dancing with the Stars 2013–2017 Himself Runner-Up (season 17)
Participant in a trio Salsa in (season 25)
Psych 2014 Luther Episode: "Shawn and Gus Truck Things Up"
Drop Dead Diva 2014 Michael Donaldson Episode: "Soulmates?"
Fake Off 2015 Host TV special
High School Musical: 10th Anniversary 2016 Himself Special
Say Yes to the Dress 2016 Himself Episode: "The Sasha Dress!"
Castle 2016 Hunter Episode: "Tone Death"
The Fosters 2016 Mercutio Episode: "The Show"
Battle of the Network Stars 2017 Himself 1 episode
The Middle 2018 Luke Episode: "The Other Man"
Chicago Med 2018 Tommy Oliver 1 episode
Show Offs 2019 Himself 1 episode
The Disney Family Singalong 2020 Himself Special
Supergirl 2020 Trevor Crane Episode: "Reality Bytes"
Acting for a Cause 2020 Craig Gregory Episode: "Up in the Air"
Jimmy Awards 2021 Host Special
Dynasty 2021 Blaine 2 episodes
The Real Dirty Dancing 2022 Himself Winner
High School Musical: The Musical: The Series 2022-23 Himself Recurring guest star; Season 3, Season 4
Hell's Kitchen 2022 Himself Chef's table guest diner for the Red Team; Episode: "Slipping Down to Hell"

As a producer

Denotes films that have not yet been released
Title Year Role Notes
Free Style 2009 Producer film
Scary or Die 2012 Producer film
The Day I Died TBA Producer film


Title Year Role Venue Notes Ref(s)
In the Heights 2010 Usnavi de la Vega Richard Rodgers Theatre Broadway [5]
Hairspray 2011 Seaweed J. Stubbs Hollywood Bowl [64]
Godspell 2012 Jesus Circle in the Square Theatre Broadway [6]
Family Shots 2015 Aaron The Human Race Theatre Regional [61]
Romeo and Juliet: Love Is a Battlefield Romeo Rockwell Table and Stage [90]
The Dodgers 2016 Simon Hudson Mainstage Theatre [195]
Holiday Inn, The New Irving Berlin Musical Ted Hanover Roundabout Theatre Company Broadway [AA]
Mamma Mia! 2017 Sky Hollywood Bowl [196]
Singin' in the Rain 2018 Don Lockwood St. Louis Municipal Opera Theatre Regional [AB]
Anything Goes Billy Crocker Arena Stage [197]
Kiss Me, Kate 2019 Bill Calhoun / Lucentio Studio 54 Broadway [AC]
Mary Poppins 2022 Bert St. Louis Municipal Opera Theatre Regional [AD]
Summer Stock 2023 Joe Ross Goodspeed Opera House [198]
Little Shop of Horrors 2023-2024 Seymour Krelborn Westside Theatre Off-Broadway [AE]
Gutenberg! The Musical! 2024 The Producer
(One night only)
James Earl Jones Theatre Broadway [199]
Little Shop of Horrors Seymour Krelborn Westside Theatre Off-Broadway [AF]

Video games

Title Year Voice role Notes Ref(s)
High School Musical: Makin' the Cut! 2007 Chad Danforth Based on the film [50]
High School Musical: Sing It! 2007 Chad Danforth Based on the film [54]
High School Musical 2: Work This Out! 2008 Chad Danforth Based on the film [51]
High School Musical 3: Senior Year Dance 2008 Chad Danforth Based on the film [52]
High School Musical 3: Senior Year DS 2008 Chad Danforth Based on the film [53]
Disney Sing It! – High School Musical 3: Senior Year 2008 Chad Danforth Based on the film [55]

Music videos

Title Year Performer(s) Album Ref(s)
"Don't Be Shy" 2008 Small Change
Lil' JJ
Concrete & Clay [38]


Studio albums

Soundtrack albums

Concert tours

Opening act

Awards and nominations

Award Year of ceremony Category Nominee/work Result Ref(s)
LA High School for the Arts 2001 "Theatre Student of the Year" Won [200]
Disney Channel New Years Bowl-A-Thon 2006 "Best Best Hair While Bowling" Won [201]
NAACP Image Awards 2007 "Outstanding Performance in a Youth/Children's Program" High School Musical Nominated [202]
Young Artist Award "Best Performance in a TV Movie, Miniseries or Special (Comedy or Drama) – Supporting Young Actor" Nominated [203]
Poptastic! Awards "Male Singer" Won [204]
"Favorite Music Video" Push It to the Limit Nominated [204]
"Favorite Song" Nominated [204]
"Favorite TV Actor" Nominated [204]
"Favorite Album" Another Side Nominated [204]
"Male Style Idol" Nominated [204]
"Most Wanted To Meet" Nominated [204]
Teen Choice Awards 2009 "Choice Movie Actor: Music/Dance" High School Musical 3: Senior Year Nominated [205]
Chita Rivera Awards for Dance and Choreography 2017 "Outstanding Male Dancer in a Broadway Show" Holiday Inn, The New Irving Berlin Musical Nominated [98]
"Best Male Performance" Won [100]
St. Louis Theater Circle Awards 2019 "Outstanding Actor in a Musical" Singin' in the Rain Nominated [115]
Helen Hayes Award "Outstanding Actor in a Musical" Anything Goes Nominated [206]
"Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical" Won [207]
Drama Desk Award "Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical" Kiss Me, Kate Nominated [208]
Chita Rivera Awards for Dance and Choreography "Outstanding Male Dancer in a Broadway Show" Nominated [209]
Audience Choice Awards "Favorite Featured Actor in a Musical" Nominated [210]

See also


  1. ^ Also known as Sh-K-Boom Records.
  2. ^ Also known as Boardheads.
  3. ^ Also known as Cover Me.
  4. ^ Also known as Catch That Girl, and Catch That Kid!.
  5. ^ Filming took place from June–July 2006 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
  6. ^ Corbin Bleu takes over the role from original star Hunter Parrish, who will play his final performance on April 15.
  7. ^ Also known as Day One; formerly Renee.
  8. ^ Also known as The Muny.
  9. ^ The film about the life of a championship barrel racer Amberley Snyder.
  10. ^ Also known as Stranded.
  11. ^ Filming took place from March 2018 in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada.
  12. ^ Also known as The National High School Musical Theatre Awards.
  13. ^ Based on the 1980s series of the same name.
  14. ^ Corbin Bleu and Monique Coleman are back together again after thirteen years.
  15. ^ His first single off the album, "Push It to the Limit", was recorded and appears on the soundtrack of Jump In!.
  16. ^ "Deal With It" did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number one hundred twelve on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart.
  17. ^ It is a remake of the Danish blockbuster, Klatretøsen 2002.
  18. ^ The film premiered on December 24, 2008 in Mexico, and released in United States on October 9, 2009. and was eventually released Direct-to-DVD on March 10, 2010.
  19. ^ The film premiered on September to October 2011 in Toronto, and released in Switzerland on September 28, 2013. and was eventually released Direct-to-DVD on February 7, 2014.
  20. ^ The film premiered on November 30, 2010 in Venice, Los Angeles, and was released theatrically on September 6, 2013.
  21. ^ The film premiered on March 11, 2012 at the Omaha Film Festival, and was eventually released Direct-to-DVD on March 3, 2015.
  22. ^ Principal photography began in New Mexico in July 2018.
  23. ^ Filming took place from October 2015.
  24. ^ Filming took place from 2021 in Hawaii.
  25. ^ The film about the life of American gospel singer, Mahalia Jackson.
  26. ^ Filming took place from 2022 in Franklin, Tennessee.
  27. ^ Based on the 1942 Fred Astaire, film of the same name.
  28. ^ Based on the 1952 Gene Kelly, film of the same name.
  29. ^ Based on the 1953 Cole Porter and Bella and Samuel Spewack, film of the same name.
  30. ^ Based on the 1964 Robert Stevenson, film of the same name and book series by P. L. Travers.
  31. ^ The musical is loosely based on the low-budget 1960 black comedy film The Little Shop of Horrors.
  32. ^ The musical is loosely based on the low-budget 1960 black comedy film The Little Shop of Horrors.


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Further reading

  • Dee Scott. Corbin Bleu: Up Close. 1230 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10020: Pocket Books, 2006. ISBN 978-1-4165-4114-1 .
  • West Betsy. Corbin Bleu to the Limit. Penguin young readers group, 345 Hudson Street, New York City 10014.: Penguin Group, 2007. ISBN 978-0-8431-2685-3 .
  • Mary Boone. Corbin Bleu. Mitchell Lane Publishers, P.O. Box 196 Hockessin, Delaware 19707.: Mitchell Lane, 2007/2008. ISBN 978-1-58415-674-1.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by Dancing with the Stars (US) runner up
Season 17
(Fall 2013 with Karina Smirnoff)
Succeeded by