They were not, in fact, all in this together.


On Thursday night (April 16), rabid High School Musical fans gathered around their TVs for a very special performance: a rendition of "We're All In This Together" by the movie's original cast.

It was to be a magical event for everyone waiting at home, ready for the cast to get together and totally serve. The whole gang was there: Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Corbin Bleu, Lucas Grabeel, Monique Coleman, and Zac Efron – at least, that's what fans were promised. Not only would this have made for a Zac and Vanessa reunion, but an awesome version of the song as the cast performed the tune from home.

But instead of making TV history by bringing joy to everyone at home with a winning performance by Zac, fans were greeted with a grainy, bizarre introduction from the actor "from the middle of nowhere," and then a total lack of Zac singing.

That's right. Zac made an appearance for a moment to introduce his "oldest friends" while streaming with some apparently completely awful Wi-Fi, and then totally dipped on the actual song. Everyone else was there, but the lack of Zac made for a much less exciting experience overall, a sentiment echoed online by disappointed High School Musical fans. Needless to say, now people are Mad Online.

It's safe to say that no one is happy about the way this performance went down, especially after director Kenny Ortega (who helmed the original movie) had indicated in an interview prior to the show that Zac would definitely be involved.

"We couldn’t reach Zac until late but when we did, he immediately jumped in, of course," Ortega told Deadline. "Everyone we reached out to was quick - and you’ll see it in their spirit and the way they come together from their homes. They recognize this is an opportunity to strengthen spirits for those joining us for the broadcast."

Well, technically Ortega didn't say Zac would be singing. But talk about a disappointing turn of events. You truly do hate to see it.