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Photo Flash: Get A First Look at Peter Dinklage and More in Cyrano at Goodspeed

BroadwayWorld has a first look at Cyrano at Goodspeed Check out all new photos below Led by Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning actor Peter Dinklage as Cyrano alongside film actress Haley Bennett as Roxanne and film and TV actor Blake Jenner as Christian, the cast of this bold new musical includes Tom Riis Farrell, Damon J. Gillespie, Patrick Kerr, Laith Nakli, Gayle Samuels, Claire Saunders and Charlie Thurston.
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Bww Interview: NBC Rise's Damon J. Gillespie On His Role In The New Musical Cyrano at Goodspeed's Norma Terris Theatre

It is an instantly recognizable story. Skilled writer and romantic Cyrano de Bergerac crafts beautiful prose but can't let himself be loved due to insecurities about his looks. This classic story is being brought to life in a new and exciting way at the Goodspeed's Norma Terris Theatre with music by members of the Grammy Award-winning band, The National, and a stellar cast and creative team. Playing the character of Le Bret is Damon J. Gillespie who is just off a starring role on the TV show Rise. I had the pleasure of speaking with Damon and learning about his experience with this new twist on a classic tale.
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From Jennifer Lopez to Kristen Chenoweth: See TheWrap’s NBC Press Day Portraits (Exclusive)

  • The Wrap
TheWrap captured shots of stars like Jennifer Lopez, Justin Hartley and Kristin Chenoweth at NBC’s summer press day earlier this month.

The event was to promote the returns of shows like “World of Dance,” “This Is Us,” “Trial and Error,” “American Ninja Warrior,” “The Wall,” and “America’s Got Talent,” as well as series that are coming to an end, like “Rise” and “Shades of Blue.”

Talent struck a pose for us after gabbing about their latest projects and NBC’s new programming.

The event came just before the network’s upfront presentation in New York City, ahead of which they announced their Fall 2018-19 slate of new and returning shows. That reveal came after NBC announced all of its cancellation, renewal and orders for the next season.

Click through the gallery to see all the actors from the Peacock’s biggest shows who were photographed by Irvin Rivera
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Rise: Has the NBC TV Series Been Cancelled or Renewed for Season Two?

Vulture Watch Will Lou Mazzuchelli continue to rise to the occasion? Has the Rise TV show been cancelled or renewed for a second season on NBC? The television vulture is watching all the latest cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of Rise, season two. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you? What's This TV Show About? An NBC high school drama from Jason Katims and Jeffrey Seller, Rise stars Josh Radnor, Rosie Perez, Auli’i Cravalho, Damon J. Gillespie, Marley Shelton, Rarmian Newton, Ted Sutherland, Amy Forsyth, Casey W. Johnson, Taylor Richardson, Joe Tippett, and Shirley Rumierk. The series centers on Lou Mazzuchelli (Radnor), who is the fictional analogue to Lou Volpe in the Michael Sokolov book, Drama High. Although he
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Rise: Should NBC Have Cancelled This TV Show?

School is out -- permanently -- for the cast and crew of NBC's Rise TV show. The peacock network recently cancelled the musical drama series so there won't be a second season. But, did the execs make the right decision?An NBC high school drama from Jason Katims and Jeffrey Seller, Rise stars Josh Radnor, Rosie Perez, Auli’i Cravalho, Damon J. Gillespie, Marley Shelton, Rarmian Newton, Ted Sutherland, Amy Forsyth, Casey W. Johnson, Taylor Richardson, Joe Tippett, and Shirley Rumierk. The series centers on Lou Mazzuchelli (Radnor), who is the fictional analogue to Lou Volpe in the Michael Sokolov book, Drama High. Although he is committed to his students at Stanton High School, Lou knows he needs to shake things up, in order to rekindle his passion for teaching. To that end, he petitions to direct the school’s theater program, but soon realizes he signed up for a whole
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Jimmy Fallon, Fergie, Connie Britton & More Set For Paley Center’s Tribute To Music On Television

Jimmy Fallon, Fergie, Connie Britton & More Set For Paley Center’s Tribute To Music On Television
Connie Britton, Alejandra Espinoza, Jimmy Fallon, Fergie, J Balvin, Art Garfunkel, DJ Khaled, Wynton Marsalis, Mandy Moore, and Paul Shaffer have been tapped as presenters at The Paley Center annual spring gala, The Paley Honors: A Gala Tribute to Music on Television, taking place tomorrow at Cipriani Wall Street.

Other confirmed guests include Annabelle Attanasio, Aj Calloway, Gaby Espino, Santino Fontana, Amy Forsyth, Damon J. Gillespie, Carla Hall, Casey Johnson, Jaime Lee Kirchner, Litzy, Rarmian Newton,Fabián Ríos, Shirley Rumierk, Leslie Uggams, Dionne Warwick, Lynn Whitfield, Tristan “Mack” Wilds, and Deborah Joy Winans.

The event will honor the groundbreaking musical moments from television including music-based series, variety, and talk shows, as well as pay tribute to the famous TV theme songs.

“The Paley Honors shines a spotlight on the Paley Center’s overall mission to explore the role television plays in shaping our society,” said Maureen J. Reidy, the Paley Center’s President & CEO.
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Rise

Network: NBC. Episodes: 10 (hour). Seasons: One. TV show dates: March 13, 2018 — May 15, 2018. Series status: Cancelled. Performers include: Josh Radnor, Rosie Perez, Auli’i Cravalho, Damon J. Gillespie, Marley Shelton, Rarmian Newton, Ted Sutherland, Amy Forsyth, Casey W. Johnson, Taylor Richardson, Joe Tippett, and Shirley Rumierk. TV show description: Based on the Michael Sokolove book, Drama High, the Rise TV show comes from creators Jason Katims and Jeffrey Seller. The drama centers on Lou Mazzuchelli (Radnor), who is the fictional analogue to the real teacher from the book, Lou Volpe. Although he is committed to his students at Stanton High School, Lou knows he needs to shake things up, in order to rekindle
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Rise: Season One Ratings

Jason Katims captured hearts and minds with his high school football drama, Friday Night Lights. Meanwhile, as a producer of Lin-Manuel Miranda's Broadway smash, Hamilton, Jeffrey Seller knows a thing or two about compelling theater. Together, they've created NBC's new Rise TV show, based on Michael Sokolov's book, Drama High about Lou Volpe's acclaimed theater program at Harry S. Truman High School in Bucks County, Pa. Does the first season have what it takes to leave the audience wanting more? Will Rise be cancelled or renewed for season two? Stay tuned. *Status update below.A high school drama, Rise stars Josh Radnor, Rosie Perez, Auli’i Cravalho, Damon J. Gillespie, Marley Shelton, Rarmian Newton, Ted Sutherland, Amy Forsyth, Casey W. Johnson, Taylor Richardson, Joe Tippett, and Shirley Rumierk. The NBC TV series centers on Lou Mazzuchelli (Radnor), who is the fictional
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Rise: Cancelled by NBC; No Season Two

Talk about a letdown. The Rise TV show has been cancelled after just one season on NBC. The high school drama from Jason Katims, who knows a thing or two about shows like that, premiered on the Peacock Network on March 13, of 2018. Ratings for the first two episodes were good enough, but the series just couldn't sustain its performance in the Nielsens, thereafter. An NBC musical drama, Rise stars Josh Radnor, Rosie Perez, Auli’i Cravalho, Damon J. Gillespie, Marley Shelton, Rarmian Newton, Ted Sutherland, Amy Forsyth, Casey W. Johnson, Taylor Richardson, Joe Tippett, and Shirley Rumierk. The series centers on Lou Mazzuchelli (Radnor), who is the fictional analogue to Lou Volpe in the Michael Sokolov book, Drama High. Although he is committed to his students at Stanton High School, Lou knows he needs to shake things up, in order
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‘Rise’ Canceled After One Season at NBC

  • Variety
“Rise” has been canceled at NBC after just one season.

The one-hour drama centered on a dedicated teacher, played by Josh Radnor, who takes over a flagging theatrical program at a school in a working-class city. Rosie Perez, Auli’i Cravalho, Damon J. Gillespie, Marley Shelton, Rarmian Newton, Ted Sutherland, Amy Forsyth, Casey W. Johnson, Taylor Richardson, Joe Tippett, and Shirley Rumierk also starred.

“Rise” opened to a decent 1.2 rating and 5.5 million viewers in its premiere, but fell off steadily from there. The first season is averaging just a 0.9 and 4.5 million viewers in Live+Same Day.

The series was created by Jason Katims, who served as showrunner and executive producer. Jeffrey Seller, Flody Suarez and Michelle Lee also executive produce. Mike Cahill directed and executive produced the pilot. The series was produced by Universal Television, True Jack Productions and Seller Suarez Productions.

Earlier on Friday, NBC also canceled the dramas
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‘Rise’ Canceled By NBC After One Season

  • Deadline
NBC has opted not to renew its high school musical drama Rise for a second season. There were high hopes for the series, from former Friday Night Lights showrunner Jason Katims and Hamilton producer Jeffrey Seller, as a potential spiritual companion to This Is Us as another emotional drama.

But Rise did not have the same impact. It got off to a modest start in ratings and never took off.

Written by Katims and starring Josh Radnor, Rise was inspired by the story of groundbreaking high school drama teacher Lou Volpe as chronicled in the book Drama High. In the series, when dedicated teacher and family man Lou Mazzuchelli (Radnor) sheds his own self-doubt and takes over the school’s lackluster theater department, he galvanizes not only the faculty and students but the entire working-class town.

Cast also included Rosie Perez, Auli’i Cravalho, Damon J. Gillespie, Marley Shelton, Rarmian Newton,
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Relive Your High School Theater Days by Listening to the Soundtrack For NBC's Rise

Rise is well on its way to capturing the hearts of countless fans, and much of that has to do with the NBC drama's excellent renditions of songs we know and love. The songs range from Broadway hits to chart-toppers from artists like Macklemore, but all of them have one thing in common: they're catchy as hell. Cast members like Auli'i Cravalho, Damon J. Gillespie, and Amy Forsyth all lend their incredible pipes to the soundtrack, which also features tracks by bands like The Lumineers. Whether you're looking for the cast's beautiful performances or the other music included in each episode, you can find it all ahead.

Related: If You Still Miss Glee, You Need to Tune Into NBC's New Show
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‘Rise’ Star Damon J. Gillespie Talks Writing His Own Raps, Returning to ‘Spring Awakening’

  • Variety
‘Rise’ Star Damon J. Gillespie Talks Writing His Own Raps, Returning to ‘Spring Awakening’
Damon J. Gillespie is no stranger to the theater versus football conundrum his character Robbie Thorne faces on “Rise,” NBC’s new drama from Jason Katims.

“I grew up with theater and sports at the same time. So it was very easy to tap into Robbie,” Gillespie says.

The actor who embodies Stanton High’s resident star quarterback-cum-thespian grew up doing musical theater, appearing on Broadway in shows including “Aladdin” and “Newsies.” He even previously portrayed “Spring Awakening’s” Melchior — the role his “Rise” character inhabits in the show-within-the-show — on stage at a local theater in his home state of Tennessee.

“Just jumping into this type of production in general, it’s still a little unreal to me. I’m still like, ‘Okay. This is the good part of the dream, so I’m destined to wake up at any time,'” Gillespie says.

Here, Gillespie talks with Variety about
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Rosie Perez on Her ‘Rise’ Character Losing Her Job to a White Guy, Finding Her Voice & Celebrating the Arts — Turn It On Podcast

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NBC’s new drama “Rise” stars Rosie Perez as a high school teacher who struggles with being pushed aside when another teacher, played by Josh Radnor, makes a play for her job as head of the theater department.

Perez and Radnor’s characters, Tracey Wolfe and Lou Mazzuchelli, eventually form an alliance, for the sake of the kids hungry to be challenged by putting on an ambitious musical — but the fact that Perez’s character, a Latina woman, is passed over by a white man is extremely timely in this age of “Time’s Up” and #MeToo.

“I think for her to get passed over in the way that she was passed over hurt to her core,” Perez said of Tracey. “This was her dream to run the department. It stings that a middle-aged white guy gets the job, not the Latina woman. That’s a bitter pill to swallow.
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Rise: Season One Viewer Votes

Does the first season of the Rise TV show on NBC lift your spirits? As we all know, the Nielsen ratings typically play a big role in determining whether the TV show Rise is cancelled or renewed for season two. Unfortunately, most of us do not live in Nielsen households. Because many viewers feel frustration when their viewing habits and opinions aren't considered, we'd like to offer you the chance to rate all of the Rise season one episodes below. An NBC high school drama, Rise stars Josh Radnor, Rosie Perez, Auli’i Cravalho, Damon J. Gillespie, Marley Shelton, Rarmian Newton, Ted Sutherland, Amy Forsyth, Casey W. Johnson, Taylor Richardson, Joe Tippett, and Shirley Rumier. The series centers on Lou Mazzuchelli (Radnor), who is the fictional analogue to Lou Volpe in the Michael Sokolov book, Drama High. Although he is committed to
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Fans Think ‘Rise’ Is Straight up ‘Glee’ – but With a ‘Really Gritty Instagram Filter’

  • The Wrap
If you tuned into the premiere of NBC’s “Rise” on Tuesday and kept wondering when Lea Michele was going to burst through the door belting out a Broadway hit, you weren’t the only one. Oh yeah, a good chunk of Twitter thought the new series is pretty much “Glee.” And that’s not necessarily a compliment. Jason Katims’ new high school drama — starring Josh Radnor, Damon J. Gillespie and Auli’i Cravalho — was being compared to Fox’s beloved series about a crew of teens who have nothing in common but their love of song, before it even aired. And now that...
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‘Rise’ Review: Josh Radnor’s Overwrought Theatre Drama Is a Frustrating Reversal of ‘Friday Night Lights’

‘Rise’ Review: Josh Radnor’s Overwrought Theatre Drama Is a Frustrating Reversal of ‘Friday Night Lights’
Earnestness, sincerity, and optimism are all precious commodities in a culture overrun with snark, but the new drama series “Rise” reaches for profundity and comes up empty too many times to merit an A for effort (or a B, or, well, you’ll see). Created by “Friday Night Lights” and “Parenthood” head Jason Katims (which makes the blunt character-building all the more jarring), NBC’s follow-up (and potential successor) to “This Is Us” feels equally manipulative as it constantly mines for our tears. Through five episodes, it’s stuck repeating storylines better explored in Katims’ past series with characters who wouldn’t make the Top 10 list of either previous ensemble.

Led by Josh Radnor’s English teacher turned theater director Lou Mazzuchelli, “Rise” tracks the reinvention of a high school drama department through the eyes of its faculty and students. Lou gets the ball rolling when he pitches himself for the vacant post,
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Rise Stars Talk Taking Over This Is Us' Time Slot: "There Is a Little Bit of Pressure"

Rise may be debuting immediately after the highly-anticipated This Is Us season two finale, but next week, the new drama takes the beloved hit's spot in NBC's line-up. And for some of its cast, the prospect of filling in for the Pearson clan is, well, daunting. E! News caught up with the stars of Friday Night Lights creator Jason Katims' new series, which tells the story of high school teacher Lou Mazzuchelli as he takes over his school's lackluster theater department, ahead of the musical drama's premiere, and newcomer Damon J. Gillespie, who plays football star with an undeniable musical talent Robbie Thorne, admitted that he's feeling the pressure. "Because This Is Us is a smash...
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Rise Review: NBC's Stirring Drama Is Heartfelt, But Has Some Growing Pains

From the opening frames of NBC’s new drama Rise — an idyllic panorama of all-American scenery set to lilting guitar — you start to feel that familiar rush: This is Jason Katims country. The Friday Night Lights and Parenthood creator’s distinctive imprint is all over Rise, from the shaky-cam cinematography to the off-the-cuff dialogue, and if you loved Katims’ past shows, you’ll find a lot to love here, too. Whether Rise can ultimately rise to the level of those two stellar achievements, though, is still a question mark.

The premise of Rise — debuting this Tuesday at 10/9c; I’ve
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If You Still Miss Glee, You Need to Tune Into NBC's New Show

We had to say goodbye to a few of our favorite TV shows last year, but thankfully, there are a handful of new ones taking their place. One show in particular is NBC's Rise, an upcoming drama from Hamilton producer Jeffrey Seller and Friday Night Lights showrunner Jason Katims. Aside from featuring a handful of recognizable stars, it also bears a striking resemblance to a fan-favorite musical series. Intrigued? Get more details about the series below. RelatedHere's When All Your Favorite Shows Will Return After the Winter Hiatus Who's Starring? Josh Radnor (How I Met Your Mother) stars alongside Rosie Perez, Auli'i Cravalho (Moana), and newcomer Damon J. Gillespie. What It's About Based on a true story, the show centers around a high school teacher (Radnor) who decides to revive the theater department and ends up inspiring the entire town in the process. First Impression If you think the premise sounds like Glee,
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