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Crowd-created TikTok Phenomenon Ratatouille the Musical Comes to Broadway | Ratatouille


It’s a phrase that seemed impossible just a few days ago and wouldn’t have made any sense before this year.

But, in a series of events as unlikely as a Parisian rat becoming an acclaimed chef, the highly unofficial musical Ratatouille hits Broadway.

The musical, also known as Ratatousical, is a musical phenomenon created by the crowd, not affiliated with Disney, and is mainly spread, jokingly, through viral videos on the social media site TikTok.

But on Wednesday, it was announced that a full-length musical of select songs will officially hit Broadway for a one-time benefit performance, streamed online, on January 1.

Hosted by production company Seaview, it will reportedly star as Broadway artists, and ticket sales for the digital event will raise money for the Actors Fund.

Unlike a traditional musical, the Ratatouille musical does not have a single creator, no canonical music or lyrics. After an initial post from teacher Emily Jacobsen, social media users began writing their own original songs for a hypothetical Ratatouille musical, based on the critically acclaimed 2007 Pixar animated film.

Hundreds of fans, both of musical theater and rodent gastronomy, organically built themselves from each other’s songs and ideas, planned execution orders, and even designed replay posters and set ideas.

The cast of the Broadway version has yet to be announced, and industry publication Playbill has said that “it is not clear which numbers [out of the hundreds online] will do at the concert “.

It is also unclear whether it will be performed inside a physical Broadway theater, although Playbill described it as a “filmed concert performance.” The official website states that “Broadway’s greatest and brightest talents” will participate.

Ratatouille, the original 2007 Pixar animated film, tells the story of Remy, a talented French rat with an aptitude for taste, who learns to cook from old TV shows and cookbooks by famous human chef Auguste Gusteau, whose motto is that “Anyone can cook.”

While other Disney films have been awarded official musical remakes, such as Beauty and the Beast, Frozen, and The Lion King, Ratatouille has so far been rejected.

And, despite the official status of this musical, sadly, it is not so official, with Disney clarifying in a recent statement that the company “has no development plans for the title.”

The film giant has blessed this charity performance, saying “we love it when our fans engage with Disney stories” and “we thank all the creators of online theater for helping benefit the Actors Fund at this time. of unprecedented need. “

It has also been confirmed that the song creators to be used in the musical will be credited and “compensated”.

Remy’s original voice, actor and comedian Patton Oswalt, had also given the musical his blessing and promised he would be there, at least practically.

Actors Lou Romano, the voice of character Alfredo Linguini, Janeane Garofalo, the voice of Colette Tatou, and Ian Holm, the voice of the antagonist Chef Skinner, have so far not spoken publicly about the Ratatouille musical.

Peter O’Toole, who voiced food critic Anton Ego, sadly died in 2013.




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