Rise Up!: Broadway and American Society from 'Angels in America' to 'Hamilton'

October 30, 2020
Rise Up!: Broadway and American Society from 'Angels in America' to 'Hamilton'

Penned by one of America's best-known daily theatre critics andorganized chronologically, this lively and readable book tells thestory of Broadway's renaissance from the darkest days of the AIDScrisis, via the disaster that was Spiderman: Turn off theDark through the unparalleled financial, artistic andpolitical success of Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton.It is the story of the embrace of risk and substance. In sodoing, Chris Jones makes the point that the theatre thrived byfinally figuring out how to embrace the bold statement and insertitself into the national conversation - only to find out in 2016that a hefty sector of the American public had not been listeningto what it had to say.Chris Jones was in the theatres when and where it mattered. Hetakes readers from the moment when Tony Kushner's angel crashed(quite literally) through the ceiling of prejudice and religiousintolerance to the triumph of Hamilton, with the coda ofthe Broadway cast addressing a new Republican vice-president fromthe stage. That complex performance - at once indicative of thetheatre's new clout and its inability to fully change Americansociety for the better - is the final scene of the book.