Excitement builds for Bleu
Corbin Bleu has built up an impressive resumé of acting and music credits.

I'm 13. My idea of a summer job is watering my neighbor's pots, not interviewing pop stars.

But who would decline the chance to talk to Corbin Bleu?

I had only 45 minutes to prepare questions, gather a notebook and scarf down a Hot Pocket before the phone interview. Of course, I was extremely nervous and excited.

I sat waiting with a headset over my ears, anticipating the call. Promptly at 1 p.m. Tuesday, it came.

It sounded so much better to hear Corbin say my name than my dad saying it.

Corbin Bleu isn't just any star. He can model, act, dance and sing - and he'll perform in concert at MontanaFair today in Billings.

Before he turned 7, Bleu had already modeled for Target, Toys R Us and Tommy Hilfiger. But, following in the footsteps of his Dad, actor David Reivers, Bleu went into acting.

He guest-starred in TV shows including "ER" and "High Incident," but also had roles in movies. Then, in 2004, Bleu snagged a lead role in "Catch That Kid." You could only expect more great things to come from a 15-year-old who had already done all of that.

And more came. A lot more came. Bleu starred in the television series "Flight 29 Down," appeared in TV shows "Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide" and "Hannah Mont-ana." And last, but definitely not least, he was Chad in Disney Channel's Emmy Award-winning "High School Musical."

More recently, Bleu starred and sang the lead song "Push it to the Limit" in "Jump In!", which had 8.2 million viewers in its debut on the Disney Channel. He also came back with the "High School Musical" cast to shoot the sequel, "High School Musical 2."

During our interview, Bleu explained that he enjoyed acting with his Dad in "Jump In!" more than working with any other actors.

"The chemistry was just so real," Bleu said.

I was expecting to hear him say Zac Efron was his favorite co-star, but hearing him say he preferred his Dad over other stars made me like Bleu even more.

Between all of Bleu's singing, acting and dancing, he barely has any free time. But, when he does, he spends it wisely.

"I veg, sleep, eat, bowl. You know, normal stuff."

If you're tired of fair rides and funnel cakes, Corbin Bleu's show will not only be in an air-conditioned building, but it will also be a great experience.

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"My shows are really energetic," Bleu said.

The director of Bleu's show is Travis Paine, who also directed some of Michael Jackson's concerts.

"There's a lot of storytelling that goes on in the concert," Bleu explained.

"I also like to interact with the audience throughout the show."

I've seen both "High School Musical" movies and enjoyed his role as Chad and, of course, loved all of his upbeat songs. Also, "Jump In!" was just as good with even more pop songs that featured Bleu.

So, whether you're going to today's show at MetraPark's arena for Corbin's good looks, his amazing voice or the theatrical show, it's all bound to astonish.

Chrissy Webb will be an eighth-grader at Lewis and Clark Middle School. She plays bassoon in band and enjoys art, volleyball, track, tennis and music.

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