Starting in October, thousands of TechTalk producers who were bored at home and Broadway’s disappearance created elements of a show that was not yet present: a musical based on Disney Pixar’s “RatTouille”, a rat with aspirations Is an animated film about.
In 60 second increments, people contributed song, Dance, Make up looks, Set design, Puppets And Playbill program Inspired by the 2007 film. Without any leadership, the virtual show is displayed systematically from a crowded space of content.
It was a musical fantasy like no other. Many creators thought it was a long-shot before they coalesced in real life. But at 7 pm Eastern time on Friday, “Rattoil: The Tiktok Musical” will take shape as a Virtual profit displayStarring Remy the Rat, with Titus Burgess. About 80,000 tickets for the pre-filmed show have already been sold, put on by Seaview Productions to raise money for the Actors Fund. It will be available to stream for three days.
The music follows, more or less, the plot of the film: Remy, who is blessed with a sophisticated palate, teaches the lesser kitchen worker Alfredo Linguini how to cook while hiding under his chef’s hat. Linguini rises to the top of his restaurant in Paris, only to be judged by critic Anton Ago.
We spoke to our creators about the challenges of creating a virtual show adapted from the film-adapted Ticketock segments. These conversations have been edited for clarity and condensation.
Andrew Berth Feldman
The actor, who played Alfredo Linguini, was in “Dear Ivan Hanson”.
How did you get involved?
My friend Nathan asked me to sing a song on TikTok. People have been telling me that I have been watching this character for years. I love the film, and I always felt that this character resonated with me. I think both of us are usually concerned people with an optimistic optimism. He is clumsy in the way of a felony, and he has so much dominance in what he does. He is fond of wishing to be corrected by everyone. I feel very nervous with optimism.
How long have you been rehearsing?
This is the fastest change for a Broadway show I’ve ever seen in my life. That first conversation took place three weeks ago. It’s all gone so quickly, so soon. All of this is a big romp of a time.
What is the challenge for presenting an online show?
This is ridiculous because we are doing it remotely. I am not seeing any of these. There was a point where it was the end of the day, and I was having trouble. I found this stuffed beast of Remy and turned off the camera to film the scene – to feel the story’s stakes and remember that it is about a rat who controls a hat.
Andre D Shields
The actor playing Anton Ago was in “The Vij”.
Any similarities between you and Anton?
There was no time to do any research, so I had to trust the casting director who said, “This is for you. We want you to do this. “I have not seen the film, but to play the character of Anton Ego, a critic of this snooty food, you learn that he has turned his nose to the rotouille that is served to him in restaurants.” You learn how he grew up. This is why his mother gave him as a child. When he tastes of Ratatouille, he returns to his childhood. You see that he has been wearing a mask for a lifetime, and he needs to see how happy he is as an ordinary child.
How is this show different?
We don’t improve the theater a lot because we have a script to play, and everyone expects you to know what’s in the written thing. In terms of the distance between all the partners involved, if something did not go well, we used that instinct. There is no mistake in jazz. You say, “That’s what I wanted to do, now you follow the rest.” That is “Ratauli”.
The director, who previously co-directed and co-wrote “Six: The Musical”.
What was your vision for the show?
The really interesting thing about the original Tickcock material and presentations is that the aspiration for it was so broad. Despite being on a format at the cutting edge of technology and the most Gen-Z thing in the world, people were keen on becoming like a classic music. The challenge of doing online – in that least dramatic space – was trying to stay true to that aspiration. The objective is a zoom reading or an online concert, in which 20 Red Bulls are drunk and spit on the screen.
Music Supervisor and Arranger, who wrote some of the songs on “Rattoil”.
Tell me about your role in the show.
Originally my job was to take the nine songs we were pulling from Tektok and create some kind of storyline and full harmonized score. It was a challenge because some songs we are only a minute long, and we had to expand them. We had to write new songs to fill in some places. We wrote a new beginning number and a “I want the song” where the characters get what they want and hopefully they get it.
What was your biggest challenge?
I had my first meeting with people in Seaview on 4 December. He called me and said, “Hey, we have this crazy idea. Disney has allowed us to give a benefit to the Actors Fund of ‘Rattouille’. “He said,” Yes, we want to do it on January 1, “” And I took a deep breath and said, “Yes, it is possible.”
We were all working 24/7. The first few weeks of December are trying to end it all. It was a return to normalcy for theater and collaboration. Although the deadline was insane, of course I said yes. Who else can do this apart from theater people? I will do a song one day. This is the month, if not the year, of the work we did in two weeks. Even though it was a challenge, I loved mixing songs until 3 am on Christmas morning. We all have missed feeling.
Set designer, who works as a photographer.
Tell me about your shoe-box set model.
“Ratatouille” takes place in Paris, so how do I create a Parisian background for an actual stage? How do I create different drops for different scenes?
The very first “Ratatouli” set model I posted [on TikTok] And designed for a set, I got the idea from a picture of Pintrest. It was just a silhouette of Linguini with a chef’s hat, and Remy’s shadow in it. I took it, cut that cut, lit it using projections. Then I made sure the cap was transparent, so Remy could come from behind it, and that’s when the whole set building started. It is crazy to see these TikToks again and see where I was and where I am now.
This event really exposes a lot of Tiktok creators, and we are very happy that we received this recognition. We can take our stuff and do something good with it, not only raise money for the show but make sure that Broadway is stronger than ever.