According to Deadline, Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Corbin Bleu, Monique Coleman and Lucas Grabeel will perform “We’re All in This Together” from their respective homes.
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“We couldn’t reach Zac until late but when we did, he immediately jumped in, of course,” director Kenny Ortega told the publication. “Everyone we reached out to was quick — and you’ll see it in their spirit and the way they come together from their homes.”
The 69-year-old director added that the cast recognizes the singalong is “an opportunity to strengthen spirits for those joining us for the broadcast.”
Ortega also pointed out the communal spirit of the song and its uplifting message being used as an anthem amid the ongoing public health and safety situation.
“You’re hearing those words chanted out — I’ve been sent videos from doctors, orderlies, nurses and medical professionals in masks and hospital gowns singing ‘We’re All In This Together’ in the hallways of hospitals,” Ortega told Deadline. “It’s a really nice fun coming together of a lot of young people that are banding together under the lyrics of this song for the show.”
Several cast members, including Tisdale and Hudgens, have performed the now-iconic choreography on social media.
“If you need to work out … hopefully this will brighten your day a little!” Tisdale wrote in her Instagram caption last month. Hudgens shared Tisdale’s video via TikTok, while singing as she enjoyed a glass of wine.
Ortega credited Tisdale with starting the “movement” of the song “with her home video.”
“I can’t imagine that Matthew Gerrard and Robbie Nevil, who wrote this song, had any idea that it would have the legs and perhaps mean more now than when we first did it,” the director added.
The “We’re All In This Together” performance will be part of a singalong special that will feature stars like Christina Aguilera (Mulan), Auliʻi Cravalho (Moana), Luke Evans (Beauty and the Beast), Jordan Fisher (Moana), Josh Gad (Frozen, Beauty and the Beast), and several more.
The Disney Family Singalong is scheduled for April 16 at 8 p.m. on ABC.