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NBC orders ‘Rise’ starring How I Met Your Mother’s Josh Radnor and Moana’s Auli'i Cravalho

Based on the book Drama High, Rise follows dedicated teacher and family man Lou Mazzuchelli (Josh Radnor), who sheds his own self-doubt and takes over the school’s lackluster theater department, galvanizing not only the faculty and students but the entire working-class town.

Ella Fitzgerald would have celebrated her 100th birthday today, April 25. The “First Lady of Song” was born in Newport News, Virginia in 1917. The legendary #jazz singer’s career was launched after winning Amateur Night at the Apollo in Harlem.
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“Once up there, I felt the acceptance and love from my audience,” #EllaFitzgerald said. “I knew I wanted to sing before people the rest of my life.”
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She died in 1996 at the age of 79.

Credit: Julie Winegard for NBC News.