Before Jason Mraz saved my life in 2012, musical theatre had already made an attempt once. It was during my 30-minute lunch break that I snuck into a movie theatre that was showing RENT ( I should add that I worked in said movie theatre and watching 30 minutes of a movie during your break was allowed). I vividly remember seeing glorious Angel strut into Mark and Roger’s loft apartment; I was immediately captivated.
Musical theatre has held a special place in my heart ever since, which may be why I’m feeling extremely passionate about the new television show Rise.
Be forewarned; I am writing this after seeing only 30 minutes of the TV show RISE and personally I think 30 minutes was too long. Look, I am a supporter of all creatives and I truly believe that everyone deserves a chance to create what’s in their hearts but Rise is a weak attempt for a network (NBC) to have a relevant High School TV show and honestly; Auli’i Cravalho deserves better.
If you have yet to watch the television show, then this post may be a bit confusing but feel free to read on and watch out for spoilers. For those of you who actually sat through it, this is everything wrong with Rise (in my opinion):
– Within the first five minutes I was convinced that Rise was just Glee but without all the funny parts.
-No really, it had everything from the teacher that just really believes in the music program, to the jock who has to get blackmailed into joining the program, to the over-ambitious girl who ends up being the lead and you just know she’ll end up with the jock, to the popular white girl who hates the over-ambitious girl.
-Speaking of the popular white girl, this show is full of High School stereotypes and I am sincerely over it.
-You give us an attempt at diversity while providing some typical stereotypes that should have ended with Glee.
-You give us a racially ambiguous mother but you make her a single-mom and you hint at the fact that she may or may not be promiscuous.
-There’s the closeted gay guy with a religious family who is meant to tug at your heart strings but instead brought out my frustration because LGBTQ characters deserve a happy storyline.
-In addition, you mean to tell me that an UNDER-qualified white guy can take away a program from a passionate WOC and we’re all just going to allow Rosie Perez to be treated that way?
– Musical theatre deserves better
What I’m saying is: BRING BACK SMASH! Look, this could be an entirely separate blog post but Smash was the musical theatre television show we deserved and I will remind everyone about it at least once a year.
Rise is regressive and a giant step backwards from the incredible year that films had in 2017. This show feels like it’s trying to make a statement while using any and all minorities to get into the hearts of the audiences and I say we deserve better. I say using because they have taken the sad and the painful from the LGBTQ characters and created a story, they grabbed the racially-ambiguous woman and made her a terrible mother. We are better than this. You don’t get to win if you have terrible dialogue but a child with down syndrome. Success won’t come if the camera work is shaky but it happens when Hamilton is playing in the background. I couldn’t get past the first episode and I wouldn’t be surprised if this show ends after it’s first season.
Bring back Megan Hilty and I’ll ignore this entire thing even happened NBC.