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Corbin Bleu Reivers (Template:IPAc-en; born February 21, 1989),[1][2] known professionally as Corbin Bleu, is an American actor, model, dancer, film producer and singer-songwriter. He performed in the High School Musical film series (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). His first lead role was in the film Catch That Kid (2004). He has since appeared in the Discovery Kids drama series Flight 29 Down (2005–2007), as well as the film To Write Love on Her Arms (2015). He competed in the 17th season of Dancing with the Stars, partnered with professional dancer Karina Smirnoff.[3]

He has also pursued a music career, and released his debut album Another Side on May 1, 2007, which included the single "Push It to the Limit." The album debuted at number thirty-six on the U.S. Billboard 200, selling 18,000 copies in its first week.[4] Bleu released his second album, Speed of Light, on March 10, 2009.[5] 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), and Walk. Ride. Rodeo. (2019).

In 2010, Bleu played Usnavi in the Broadway company of In the Heights.[6] In 2012, he returned to Broadway in the revival of Godspell.[7] 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.[8][9] He subsequently signed a recording contract with Ghostlight Records,Template:Efn to distribute his Holiday Inn soundtrack music, released in 2017.[10] In 2019, he returned to played Bill Calhoun/Lucentio in the Broadway company of Kiss Me, Kate.[11] He returned to subsequently signed a recording contract with Ghostlight Records, to distribute his Kiss Me, Kate soundtrack music, released in June 7, 2019.[12] He Also Did The Singing Voice of Milhouse Van Houten in the New Version of Do The Bartman Scene, Party Posse Medley, Deal With it and Push It To The Limit Cover Scenes in The Simpsons' 30th Anniversary Celebration.

Early life and education[]

Bleu was born in Brooklyn, New York City, the son of Martha (née Callari) and David Reivers (born 1958), an actor.[13][14][15] His mother is Italian American and his father is Jamaican American.[16][17] He has three sisters: Jag, Phoenix, and Hunter. As a child, Bleu studied dance for several years, focusing on ballet and jazz.[18] His great-uncle is actor Joseph Callari,[19] who won IndieFEST FIlm awards of Excellence for Best Actor, with his performance in The Julie Stories.[20]

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Bleu attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in New York City

Bleu appeared in television commercials starting at the age of two, for products such as Life cereal, Bounty, Hasbro, and Nabisco. He began taking jazz and ballet classes, usually being the only boy in the class. By the age of 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 appeared in fashion spreads in Child, Parents, and American Baby magazines, as well as having his image on toys and game packaging.

At age six, Corbin appeared in his first professional theater production off Broadway, at The Town Hall.[21] This three-concert series, created, written, and hosted by Scott Siegel, took place over one weekend and included a tribute to David Merrick.[22] Corbin Bleu played an abandoned homeless mute in the play Tiny Tim is Dead.[23]

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 in New York as a theater major, following in his mother's footsteps.[24][25] Bleu graduated from high school in 2007 and was admitted to Stanford University, but declined to matriculate because of scheduling commitments.[26] As of 2007 he continued to live at home with his parents and three younger sisters.

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),Template:Efn and the sci-fi thriller Soldier (1998). His feature films from this period include the Tim Allen comedy Galaxy Quest (1999), and the comedy Mystery Men (1999), which starred Ben Stiller, and the drama Family Tree (1999), alongside Andrew Lawrence and Matthew Lawrence. Bleu also had roles in Malcolm & Eddie, as Matthew, and Cover Me: Based on the True Life of an FBI Family (2000), as Nick ElderbyTemplate:Efn[27] and smaller roles like in the comedy series Nickelodeon's show The Amanda Show.

Additionally, Bleu was developing his dance skills and in 2001 began intensive training at the Debbie Allen Dance Academy in the Los Angeles area. 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 famous 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".[28]

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Bleu in January 2006

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 had attended.[29] During his first year, he won his first sizable film role in the teen action caper Catch That Kid (2004),Template:Efn 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. Although it was a box office flop, having only grossed $10 million, it served as an important step for Bleu, who was still building his acting career at the time. During high school, he performed in such student productions as Footloose and Grease, winning the honor of Theatre Student of the Year.[30]

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,[31] 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 as Nathan McHugh, a Boy Scout whose leadership skills do not quite measure up to his self-confidence.[32]

2006–2008: High School Musical and breakthrough[]

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Bleu performing during High School Musical: The Concert in 2006

Although popular with its young audience, the success of Flight 29 Down pales in comparison to Bleu's next television project the Disney Channel original films High School Musical (2006). The youngest of the six lead actors who were catapulted to fame by the film, Bleu 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 the 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 in pivotal roles, became 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).[33]

He joined co-stars on the 51-date High School Musical: The Concert (2006–2007) tour to promote the film,[34] work on the second film in the High School Musical 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 a total of over 17.2 million viewers in the U.S., which is almost 10 million more than its predecessor, making it the highest-rated Disney Channel Movie of all time.[35] 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 production of the movie. The world premiere of the opening number "What Time Is It" was on Radio Disney May 25, 2007,[36] and similarly the song "I Don't Dance" premiered on August 14, 2007.[37] The film was generally well received by critics, gaining a score of 77/100 at Metacritic,[38] while it received a generally mixed response of 50% on Rotten Tomatoes.[39] The film broke opening weekend records and grossed over $250 million worldwide.[40] The soundtrack for the film, featuring numerous contributions from Bleu, went on to sell over three million copies in the United States alone.[41] The song "I Don't Dance" (2007), a duet with Lucas Grabeel, became his first top forty hit on the Billboard Hot 100, and was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).[42] It was named as the official theme song for the 2007 Little League World Series.[43] During this time, Bleu began song on soundtracks for the Disney Channel, and released a cover of "Two Worlds" (2007) to promote Tarzan.[44]

In 2007, Bleu starred in his next film, another Disney Channel original entitled Jump In! (2007),Template:Efn which aired on January 12, 2007. Directed by Paul Hoen, the television movie revolved around a young boy named Izzy Daniels who trains regularly to try to follow in his fathers footsteps and win the Golden Glove, an amateur boxing tournament. While Bleu played the lead role of Daniels, Keke Palmer portrayed the role of Mary, his friend who has a crush on Daniels. Again, Disney scored a crossover hit with the Jump In! soundtrack album, was released in January 2007, on which Bleu sings the track, "Push It to the Limit" (2006).[45] Reaching the screens on the Disney Channel that January, Jump In! was a major hit amongst young viewers and quickly became the highest rated premiere the network has ever since, breaking the previous record set by The Cheetah Girls 2 in 2006. Similar to High School Musical, its soundtrack was also a commercial hit, having achieved gold status from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) three months after its release.[15] He appeared in a music video of a new Atlanta group Small Change's video, "Don't Be Shy" featuring Chani and Lil' JJ.[46]


Bleu in May 2007

He guest starred as Johnny Collins in the premiere two episodes of Disney's Hannah Montana (2006–2008).[47] 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.[48] and Mother Goose Parade as Grand Marshal in 2006 and 2007.[49] 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.[50] 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.[51] Also in 2007, he is voice in The Secret of the Magic Gourd (2007), He appeared on The Tyra Banks Show in 2008.[52]

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.[53] The film finished with $252 million worldwide, which exceeded Disney's expectations.[54] 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).[55][56] 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.[57] Bleu lent his voice for the role of Chad Danforth in High School Musical video games, a video game based on the three films.[58][59][60][61][62][63] Bleu's 2008 commercial for Activision's Guitar Hero on Tour: Decades was deemed too sexy to dance.[64][65][66]

2009–2014: Free Style and One Life to Live[]

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Bleu at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2007.

The following year, Bleu played the lead role in the film called Free Style (2009).[67] Opened in theatres in October 2009, the coming of age movie revolved around 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.[68] The series was subsequently cancelled on September 25, 2009 after televising 2 episodes.[69] In December 2009, the technology company HP became the show's sponsor and began airing the show's five episodes on YouTube.[70][71] 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.[72] Bleu was considered as host for The X Factor USA.[73]

Corbin Bleu made his Broadway stage debut in 2010 as the lead character, bodega-owner Usnavi, in the critically acclaimed musical In the Heights.[74] and guest starred in one episode of The Good Wife as DJ Javier Berlin in October 2010.[75] 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).[76] 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.[77] and he performed the voice Flip in Tonka Chuck and Friends: Big Air Dare.

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.[78] In 2012, he joined the cast of Godspell as Jesus beginning April 17 at the Circle in the Square Theatre.Template:Efn[79] He joined co-stars on the 66th Annual Tony Awards, to performing "Day by Day" and "Light of the World" at Beacon Theatre,[80][81] with Neil Patrick Harris as the host.[82][83] During this time, he recorded the duet "If I Never Knew You" (2012), with Anna Maria Perez de Tagle to promote Pocahontas.[84][85] He guest starred in one episode of Blue Bloods as Officer Blake in 2012.[86] In 2012, he performed the voice Drew in Twinkle Toes, Bleu starred in the drama film To Write Love on Her Arms (originally titled ReneeTemplate:Efn) in 2012, with Kat Dennings, Chad Michael Murray and Rupert Friend. The film began production in Orlando, Florida, in February 2011.[87][88]

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Bleu at the Kids' Inaugural: "We Are the Future", January 2009.

In March 2013, Bleu had a role in the horror film The Monkey's Paw (2013).[89] and guest starred in one episode of Franklin & Bash as Jordan Allen French in 2013.[90] In April 2013, Bleu was cast in the role of Jeffrey King on the ABC daytime soap opera One Life to Live.[91] 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.[92][93] Also in 2013, Bleu appeared in the horror films Nurse 3D (2013), alongside Paz de la Huerta and Katrina Bowden.[94] The film began production in Toronto, on September 6, 2011 and wrapped on October 21, 2011.[95][96][97] In 2014 he also appeared as a guest star in Psych, the USA Network television series in Season 8. He guest starred in one episode of Drop Dead Diva as Michael in 2014.[98]

2015–present: Further success[]


Bleu at a performance of The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker, December 2010

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.[99] In addition, Bleu appeared in Family Shots with The Human Race Theatre Company. Bleu did make however a guest appearance in an episode of the family drama, The Fosters in 2016 playing the role of Mercutio, a character who appears in a school musical production of Romeo and Juliet.[100] 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.[101] He also had a small role as Spencer on Castle in 2016.[102] Bleu was considered as host for Fake Off.[103]

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.[104] 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.[105] Returning to his tap dancing roots was "like riding a bike".[106] His former Disney co-stars appeared to be big fans of Bleu's new endeavor when they stopped by a performance in October 2016.[107] The Broadway alum and High School Musical favorite grabbed a camera as Broadway websites' newest vlogger,[108] 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.[109] with Bleu being nominated for a Chita Rivera Awards for Dance and Choreography in 2017, for outstanding dancing in a Broadway show,[110] and eventually winning a Chita Rivera Award for his performance.[111][112]

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Bleu at the Summer with the Stars, Red Carpet in 2011

While with ABC television, Bleu also participated in the first ever Battle of the Network Stars,[113] 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.[114] 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.[115] Corbin Bleu's career also included voice over work (or voice acting) with Breathe Bible.[116] In December 2017, Corbin Bleu hosted the 2017 Looking Ahead Awards, presented by The Actors Fund.[117]

In January 2018, he guest starred in one episode of The Middle as Luke, a handsome drummer that catches Brad's attention.[118][119] 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,Template:Efn[120] a musical based on the 1952 BAFTA Film Awards-winning film of the same name.[121] The theatre premiered on June 27, 2018.[122][123] with Bleu being nominated for a St. Louis Theater Circle Awards in 2019, for Outstanding Actor in a Musical.[124] Near the end of 2018, Bleu played Billy Crocker in Anything Goes,[125] which will be seen in-the-round at Arena Stage in D.C. Washingtion from November 2 – December 23, 2018.[126] with Bleu being nominated for a Helen Hayes Award in 2019, for Outstanding Actor in a Musical,[127] and eventually winning a Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical.[128]

In March 2019, he was cast in the Netflix drama film Walk. Ride. Rodeo. (2019),Template:Efn alongside Missi Pyle, Spencer Locke and Bailey Chase, directed by Conor Allyn.[129] He appeared on Show Offs in 2019.[130] 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.[131] The production, directed by Scott Ellis,[132] began previewing on February 14, 2019. The limited engagement is scheduled to continue through June 30 at Studio 54.[133] For his performance, Bleu was nominated for the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical.[134] Bleu was also nominated for a 2019 Chita Rivera Awards for Dance and Choreography, for Outstanding Male Dancer in a Broadway Show,[135] and for an Audience Choice Awards for Favorite Featured Actor in a Musical.[136] He was cast in a co-starring role in the Jordan Barker film Witches in the Woods (2019),Template:EfnTemplate:Efn[137] The project also stars Hannah Kasulka, and Sasha Clements.[138] Bleu filmed an independent movie titled Ovid and the Art of Love. Filmed partially at the old St. Agnus Church in Michigan,Template:Efn the project also stars John Savage, Tamara Feldman and Tara Summers.

Upcoming projects[]

Bleu is working on an upcoming project, The Day I Died, about the consequences of bullying.[139] Bleu will star as the conman Frank Abagnale, in a production of Catch Me If You Can at Arena Stage, which will run October 23 to December 13.[140] The musical is based on the hit film of the same name, and is created by Terrence McNally, Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman; it's about a real life conman and the detective charged with tracking him down.[141] The musical will be directed by Arena Stage artistic director Molly Smith.[142]

Dancing with the Stars[]

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

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Bleu in February 2019

In the series, he partnered with professional dancer Karina Smirnoff.[143] Bleu and Smirnoff were one of six couples still in the running to be crowned Dancing with the Stars, seventeenth-season champions.[144] Bleu wrote in his People blog. "It's nice to be able to see the finish line, but it's also very motivating. We don't want to lose any moment. We really want to make sure we end strong".[145]

Bleu danced a Viennese Waltz to the Game of Thrones theme music — while dressed as the Dothraki, Khal Drogo. Bleu revealed during rehearsals that Game of Thrones was his very favorite show, and his passion came through in his performance. However, while the judges liked the intense, epic feeling of the dance, Len felt there was not enough technical substance in the routine 23 Score.[146] Bleu noted the jazz dance should be "pretty sick" and had hints of Michael Jackson in it. Bleu also revealed it featured a little "tap section" at the end, and because Smirnoff had never tapped before, he was thrilled to be able to teach her something for once.[147]

On October 18, 2013, appeared with his professional dancer Karina Smirnoff on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, to give a fiery performance, and after taking a turn in the splash tank, he then performed a Cha-cha-cha, Foxtrot or Contemporary routine, vying for America's vote for the first time. The partners scored high with the judges, earning a 27/30, making them the first safe couple of the night.[148] Keyshawn Johnson and Sharna Burgess, however, were the first to be eliminated during the week, leaving 11 couples in the ballroom.[149] Bleu and Smirnoff also won the week's "Dance-Off Challenge" and therefore received three bonus points.[150] Corbin and his partner made it to the finals, but became the runners-up behind Amber Riley.[151]

In November 2017, Bleu returned to 25th season of the show and in Week 8,[152] he performed in a trio Salsa with Jordan Fisher and his professional partner Lindsay Arnold.[153] Bleu and Fisher havd some startling similarities in their personalities, so they were very excited to finally get to work together,[154] After the trio delivered their Salsa to audiences, they ended with a score of 30 from the judges,[155] Bruno Tonioli said that this was "one of the best dances in the show's history".[156]


Season 17 with professional partner Karina Smirnoff.

Week # Dance/song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Contemporary / "If I Lose Myself" 8 8 8 No Elimination
2 Jive / "Kiss You" 9 8 9 Safe
3 Quickstep / "Diga Diga Doo" 9 8 9 Safe
4 Paso Doble / "Zorongo" 9 9* 9 Safe
5 Foxtrot / "My Wish" 9 9 10 Safe
6 Viennese Waltz / "Theme from Game of Thrones"
Switch-Up Challenge / Various
Not Eliminated
7 Cha-cha-cha / "Pumpin Blood"
Team Freestyle / "The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?)"
8 Argentine Tango / "Welcome to Burlesque"
Cha-cha-cha Dance-Off / "Woman's World"
9 Waltz / "Apologize"
Jazz (Trio Challenge)* / "Yeah!"
10 Tango / "My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)"
Rumba / "My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)" (acoustic version)
11 Quickstep / "Diga Diga Doo"
Samba Relay / "No Scrubs"
Freestyle / "Smooth Criminal"
Cha-cha-cha & Foxtrot / "All Night"
1In week four, score was given by Julianne Hough.
2In week eight, score was given by Cher.
3The dancer Bleu and Smirnoff chose for the Trio Challenge was Witney Carson.
4Additional score for Week 10 was awarded by guest judge Maksim Chmerkovskiy.

Season 25 with Jordan Fisher and his professional partner Lindsay Arnold.

Week # Dance/song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
8 Trio Salsa / "Que Viva La Vida" 10 10 10 Safe
1In week eight, Bleu joined Jordan Fisher and Lindsay Arnold, to participate in a trio Salsa.

Music career[]

2006–2008: Another Side and High School Musical[]

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.Template:Efn His debut album Another Side, was released in May 2007.[157][158] The album debuted at No. 36 on the Billboard 200 album charts, selling 18,000 in its first week. The album fuses rhythm and blues with hip-hop and other pop genres in an upbeat, wholesome commercial blend. Bleu, who admires Prince, Michael Jackson, and Justin Timberlake, cowrote five songs on the album. In 2007 he toured in support of Another Side with the teen sister duo Aly & AJ.[159]

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Bleu in concert in October 2007

Blue 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",Template:Efn was originally written and sung by Jay Sean. He later gave it to Corbin Bleu, whose version of the song features background vocals by Jay Sean. The song earned Jay Sean a BMI Songwriter Award. peaking at No. 15. He 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[160] performing in about 40 different cities.[161][162] 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.[163]

On Another Side, he wrote or co-wrote five of the album's twelve songs. He wrote two songs that appear as bonus tracks on the European version. One of those tracks was titled "Shake It Off", an ode to the musician Prince.[164] 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.[165]

Bleu performed at the Crawford County Fair Grandstand with Vanessa Hudgens, during an August 18, 2008.[166] During this time, Bleu performed at the Michigan State Fair with Raven-Symoné, during an August 25, 2008.[167]

2009–present: Speed of Light and Holiday Inn[]

His second album Speed of Light was released on March 10, 2009, via Hollywood Records. In an interview with Billboard, Bleu stated that:

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Bleu in concert in August 2008

" He had begun working on his follow-up album.[168] There will be a lot of differences with the second album. First of all, it's just more personal. I'm involved in every aspect of the writing. As far as the direction of the music, it's very different. I wanted this album to have something that was a little bit of rock, a little bit of R&B and a little bit of pop.[169]"

The album's first single, "Moments That Matter", was performed by Bleu at Kids' Inaugural: "We Are the Future".[170] It was released as a teaser from the music video. The song has been featured in Bleu's movie Free Style,[171] alongside release of a music video for the song.[172]

The album failed to debut on Billboard Top 200 album charts.[173] Producer Eric Hudson was attached to the project, along with songwriter/lyricist Claude Kelly. Bleu performed the planned tracks "Close", "Whatever It Takes", and "Champion" on a summer concert tour with singer/actor Justin Stein.[157][174] According to media sources, the album sold less than 4,000 in its first week, despite promotion from Myspace. The album spawned the single "Celebrate You" that was released in January 2009. Bleu performed that song at Disneyland as part of the 25th anniversary of the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade. The song is the official song for the "Year of Celebration" at the Disneyland Resort and the "What Will You Celebrate?" campaign at the Walt Disney World.[175]

In 2009, Bleu sang the duet "If We Were a Movie" with Miley Cyrus for the Hannah Montana 3 soundtrack album.[176] Bleu performed Michael Jackson's song, "Human Nature" during a July 14, 2009 concert on the Disney Wonder cruise ship.[177]

In 2017, Bleu signed a one-album recording contract with Ghostlight Records to distribute his Holiday Inn, The New Irving Berlin Musical soundtrack music,[10] was released digitally on June 2, 2017.[178] 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.[179]

Bleu released his a two-album recording contract with Ghostlight Records to distribute his Kiss Me, Kate soundtrack music,[180] the 24th cast album recording for Roundabout Theatre Company, since launching the musical theatre program with She Loves Me in 1993.[181] the album will be recorded on April 22, 2019.[182] The album featured eighteen songs. produced by Kurt Deutsch and Lawrence Manchester, was released digitally on June 7, 2019.[12]

Voice and musical ability[]

In his interview with Paul Wontorek, Bleu discussed that he is naturally a Lyric Baritone.[183] His trained voice has been described as being "decent and pleasant which fits well into both pop and R&B".[184] As a musical theatre performer, Bleu claimed that he is a huge fan of Brian d'Arcy James and says that he gets vocal influences from him.[183] Due to his dancing, songwriting, and dance-influenced sound, Corbin Bleu has earned comparisons to Justin Timberlake.[184]

Personal life[]

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Bleu with his wife Sasha Clements in January 2018

In December 2005, Bleu served Thanksgiving dinner and Christmas Eve lunch at a Los Angeles homeless shelter with Jennifer Love Hewitt.[185]

In 2011, Bleu as a frequent volunteer worker, worked for charities such as Starlight Children's Foundation,[186][187] the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and served Thanksgiving dinner and Christmas Eve lunch at a Los Angeles homeless shelter with Debby Ryan in 2008.[185] Bleu has been a supporter of Do Something, hosting the sixth annual Do Something Awards in 2009.[188] In May 2011, Bleu also attended the Do Something Awards kick-off event. He teamed up with Aimee Teegarden, Kevin Jonas and JoJo during the event to honor the thirteen nominees for the Do Something Award that gave $100,000 in recognition of their outstanding activism.[189]

In 2011, Bleu began dating actress Sasha Clements, whom he had first met in a Toronto grocery store.[190][191] On October 15, 2014, he proposed to Clements in front of Cinderella's Castle at Orlando's Disney World with an engagement ring placed inside a glass slipper. They later appeared on TLC reality series Say Yes to the Dress, which documented the bride-to-be's search for the perfect wedding gown.[192] They married in the presence of 160 guests at Hummingbird Nest in Santa Susana, California on July 23, 2016.[193]



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Soldier 1998 Template:Sort Template:Sort [194]
Beach Movie 1998 Kid Template:Sort [195]
Family Tree 1999 Template:Sort Template:Sort [196]
Mystery Men 1999 Template:Sort Template:Sort [197]
Galaxy Quest 1999 Template:Sort Template:Sort [198]
Catch That Kid 2004 Template:Sort Template:Sort Template:Efn
The Secret of the Magic Gourd 2007 Template:Sort Template:Sort
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High School Musical 3: Senior Year 2008 Template:Sort Template:Sort [200]
Free Style 2009 Template:Sort Template:Sort Filmed in 2008, released in 2009 Template:Efn
Beyond All Boundaries 2009 Eddie W. Robinson (voice)
Sgt. Dan Levin (voice)
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I Owe My Life to Corbin Bleu 2010 Himself Template:Sort Short film [202]
The Little Engine That Could 2011 Lou (voice) Template:Sort [203]
Tonka Chuck and Friends: Big Air Dare 2011 Flip (voice) Template:Sort [204]
Twinkle Toes 2012 Drew (voice) Template:Sort
Scary or Die 2012 Emmett Template:Sort
Nurse 3D 2013 Steve Template:Sort Filmed in 2011, released in 2013 Template:Efn
Sugar 2013 Sketch Template:Sort Filmed in 2010, released in 2013 Template:Efn
The Monkey's Paw 2013 Catfish Template:Sort [207]
To Write Love on Her Arms 2015 Mackey Template:Sort Filmed in 2011, released in 2015 Template:Efn
Megachurch Murder 2015 Template:Sort Template:Sort [208]
Walk. Ride. Rodeo. 2019 Diego Template:Sort Template:Efn
Witches in the Woods 2019 Philip Template:Sort Filmed in 2018, released in 2019 [209]
Ovid and the Art of Love 2019 Ovid Template:Sort Filmed in 2015, released in 2019

TV movies[]

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High School Musical 2006 Template:Sort [210]
Jump In! 2007 Template:Sort [211]
High School Musical 2 2007 Template:Sort [212]
Mother Goose Parade 2007 Template:Sort [213]
Flight 29 Down: The Hotel Tango 2007 Template:Sort [214]


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High Incident 1996 N/A Recurring role
ER 1996 Template:Sort 1 episode
Malcolm & Eddie 1998 Matthew Episode: "Menace II Theology"
Cover Me: Based on the True Life of an FBI Family 2000 Template:Sort 1 episode
The Amanda Show 2001–2002 Template:Sort 2 episodes
Flight 29 Down 2005–2007 Template:Sort Main cast
Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide 2006–2007 Spencer 2 episodes
Hannah Montana 2006–2008 Template:Sort 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 Template:Sort Episode: "Dead and Alive"
One Life to Live 2013 Template:Sort 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 U"
Drop Dead Diva 2014 Michael Donaldson Episode: "Soulmates?"
Fake Off 2015 Himself Host
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
Supergirl 2020 Trevor Crane Episode: "Reality Bytes"

As a producer[]

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Free Style 2009 Producer film
Scary or Die 2012 Producer film
The Day I Died Template:Dagger Template:TableTBA Producer film


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In the Heights 2010 Usnavi Richard Rodgers Theatre
Hairspray 2011 Seaweed Hollywood Bowl [77]
Godspell 2012 Jesus Circle in the Square Theatre
Family Shots 2015 Aaron The Human Race Theatre [72]
Romeo and Juliet: Love Is a Battlefield 2015 Romeo Rockwell Table and Stage [101]
The Dodgers 2016 Simon Hudson Mainstage Theatre [215]
Holiday Inn, The New Irving Berlin Musical 2016 Ted Hanover Roundabout Theatre Company Template:Efn
Mamma Mia! 2017 Sky Hollywood Bowl [216]
Singin' in the Rain 2018 Don Lockwood St. Louis Municipal Opera Theatre Template:Efn
Anything Goes 2018 Billy Crocker Arena Stage [217]
Kiss Me, Kate 2019 Bill Calhoun/Lucentio Studio 54 Template:Efn
Catch Me If You Can Template:Dagger 2020 Frank Abagnale Arena Stage Template:Efn

Video games[]

Title Year Voice role Notes Template:Abbr
High School Musical: Makin' the Cut! 2007 Chad Danforth Based on the film [58]
High School Musical: Sing It! 2007 Chad Danforth Based on the film [62]
High School Musical 2: Work This Out! 2008 Chad Danforth Based on the film [59]
High School Musical 3: Senior Year Dance 2008 Chad Danforth Based on the film [60]
High School Musical 3: Senior Year DS 2008 Chad Danforth Based on the film [61]
Disney Sing It! – High School Musical 3: Senior Year 2008 Chad Danforth Based on the film [63]

Music videos[]

Title Year Performer(s) Album Template:Abbr
"Don't Be Shy" 2008 Small Change
Lil' JJ
Concrete & Clay [46]


Main article: Corbin Bleu discography

Studio albums[]

  • Another Side (2007)
  • Speed of Light (2009)

Soundtrack albums[]

  • High School Musical (2006)
  • Jump In! (2007)
  • High School Musical 2 (2007)
  • High School Musical 3: Senior Year (2008)
  • Holiday Inn, The New Irving Berlin Musical (2017)
  • Kiss Me, Kate (2019)

Concert tours[]

  • High School Musical: The Concert (2006)
Opening act
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  • Crawford County Fair Grandstand Template:Small (2008)
  • Michigan State Fair Template:Small (2008)
  • Kids' Inaugural: "We Are the Future" Template:Small (2009)
  • Disney Channel Summer at Sea Template:Small (2009)

Awards and nominations[]

Award Year of ceremony Category Nominee/work Result Template:Abbr
LA High School for the Arts 2005 "Theatre Student of the Year" Template:N/a Template:Won [218]
Disney Channel New Years Bowl-A-Thon 2006 "Best Best Hair While Bowling" Template:N/a Template:Won [219]
NAACP Image Awards 2007 "Outstanding Performance in a Youth/Children's Program" High School Musical Template:Nom [220]
Young Artist Award "Best Performance in a TV Movie, Miniseries or Special (Comedy or Drama) – Supporting Young Actor" Template:Nom [221]
Poptastic! Awards "Male Singer" Template:N/a Template:Won [222]
"Favorite Music Video" Push It to the Limit Template:Nom [222]
"Favorite Song" Template:Nom [222]
"Favorite TV Actor" Template:N/a Template:Nom [222]
"Favorite Album" Another Side Template:Nom [222]
"Male Style Idol" Template:N/a Template:Nom [222]
"Most Wanted To Meet" Template:N/a Template:Nom [222]
Teen Choice Awards 2009 "Choice Movie Actor: Music/Dance" High School Musical 3: Senior Year Template:Nom [223]
Chita Rivera Awards for Dance and Choreography 2017 "Outstanding Male Dancer in a Broadway Show" Holiday Inn, The New Irving Berlin Musical Template:Nom [110]
"Best Male Performance" Template:Won [112]
St. Louis Theater Circle Awards 2019 "Outstanding Actor in a Musical" Singin' in the Rain Template:Nom [124]
Helen Hayes Award "Outstanding Actor in a Musical" Anything Goes Template:Nom [224]
"Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical" Template:Won [225]
Drama Desk Award "Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical" Kiss Me, Kate Template:Nom [226]
Chita Rivera Awards for Dance and Choreography "Outstanding Male Dancer in a Broadway Show" Template:Nom [227]
Audience Choice Awards "Favorite Featured Actor in a Musical" Template:Nom [228]

See also[]

  • Jeffrey King
  • List of characters from High School Musical
  • List of characters from Flight 29 Down
  • List of Italian-American actors
  • List of Italian-American entertainers
  • List of Jamaican Americans





Further reading[]

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

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