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20th of March 2018


NBC’s ‘Rise’ hits high notes in melodrama, high school musical theater

"Rise," premiering Tuesday on NBC, is a season-long backstage drama about a high school production of the musical "Spring Awakening." That it is inspired by a work of nonfiction – Michael Sokolove's "Drama High: The Incredible True Story of a Brilliant Teacher, a Struggling Town, and the Magic of Theater" – does not keep it from being cliched and corny, and that it is cliched and corny does not mean that it fails to do its job. Created by Jason Katims, who ran "Friday Night Lights" and created "Parenthood" (both also on NBC), and Jeffrey Seller, a producer of "Hamilton," it wants you to feel, by gad, and feel you will.

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