If you love American musical dramas, then you probably love ‘Rise’. Inspired by the book ‘Drama High’ by Michael Sokolove, ‘Rise’ has Josh Radnor, famous for his role as Ted Mosby in ‘How I Met Your Mother’, in the lead role as Lou Mazzucchelli. The teen drama show has been created by Jason Katims. Like in the book, the series tells the story of Lou Volpe and the famous theatre program at Harry S. Truman High School in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
The show airs on NBC and first premiered on March 13, 2018. Musical dramas are good entertainment and have in fact been the cornerstone of the entertainment industry for quite a long time. They usually have a basic plot structure about a character struggle which eventually has a happy conclusion. While I am personally not a fan of musicals, even I have to admit that as far as art is made for the sake of escapism, musicals are a perfect fit.
In today’s day and age, the content that we are subjected to is way too serious, even musicals in our time, notably ‘La La Land‘ eschewed the traditional happy ending to show the struggle of postmodern humanity between conflicting desires. Anyhow, ‘Rise’ is a welcome change and keeps the tone of the series light, naturally drawing fans of musicals, and gaining an audience among those who turn their televisions on to escape the harshness of reality. That being said, critics have expressed concern that the show has ‘straightwashed’ its characters. The series has changed the book’s real-life source, who is a gay man, to a straight man. This has led to charges of cultural theft and gay erasure, not to mention the misrepresentation of a tale that could have been about the complicated story of an LGBT hero.
Rise Cast: Who is in it?
The main cast of the show includes Josh Radnor, who plays the lead role as Lou “Mr. Mazzu” Mazzuchelli. He plays the role of an English teacher at Stanton High who wishes to uplift the school’s drama presentations.
Marley Shelton plays Gail Mazzucchelli, the wife of Lou, who is his pillar of support. Rosie Perez plays the role of Tracey Wolfe. She was the assistant director who was offered the director’s job before it was given to Lou. However, she approves of the decision and lends her support to her replacement.
Auli?i Cravalho takes up her role as Lilette Suarez. She is a high school student and member of the Stanton drama club cast in the lead role of Wendla. Her character faces issues at home. Damon J. Gillespie is seen as Robbie Thorne, who is cast in the leading role of Melchior in the play.