Zac Efron will be honored by ShoWest

'High School Musical' star set for breakthrough award

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 at an awards gala set to close ShoWest on April 2. 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 Warner Bros.' comedy "17 Again," set to unspool on April 17.
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