Efron breaks through at ShoWest

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Zac Efron, star of the "High School Musical" films, will be honored at ShoWest 2009 as breakthrough performer of the year.

Efron will be feted April 2 at an awards gala set to close ShoWest. The annual exhibition confab begins March 30 at the Bally's and Paris hotels in Las Vegas.

"When Zac Efron made his debut with the cast of 'Hairspray' at ShoWest 2007, many in attendance took notice of this young actor's incredible talent," confab co-managing director Mitch Neuhauser said. "His undeniable onscreen presence and charm have connected with fans around the world."

Efron next appears in the Warner Bros. comedy "17 Again," set to unspool April 17. (partialdiff)
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