With ‘Rise,’ a ‘Friday Night Lights’ for Theater Kids

Is “Rise” kin to “Friday Night Lights,” another show initially based on a sociological deep dive, with rehearsals in place of football practices, performances standing in for championships? “That’s fair,” Mr. Katims said.

“Rise” began when the theater producer Jeffrey Seller (“Hamilton”), now making his first foray into series TV, read an excerpt from “Drama High” in The New York Times Magazine in 2013.

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