The upcoming NBC drama Rise, based on the true story of a high school drama teacher, will premiere March 13, 2018 at 10 PM, following This Is Us.
Inspired by a true story, the series stars Josh Radnor as high school drama teacher Lou Mazzuchelli, who sets out to reinvigorate the theatre program through challenging his students and helping them find a sense of identity and purpose. When he chooses Spring Awakening as the year’s big production, controversy ensues due to the nature of the show.
The cast also includes fellow Broadway alums Rosie Perez, Joe Tippett, Sean Grandillo, and Billy Joe Kiessling, Marley Shelton, Moana star Auli’I Cravalho, Newsies alum Damon J. Gillespie, and Tony nominee Stephanie J. Block.
The series, originally titled Drama High, is written by Jason Katims, who executive produces alongside Hamilton producer Jeffrey Seller, Michelle Lee, and Flody Suarez. The pilot was picked up for a series order in May.