“The directorial ideal was to honor both the origins and aspirations of the creators,” said the director. Lucie Mousse shares his vision of “Ratatouille: The TikTok Musical”. It was born out of an online phenomenon of hundreds of TikTok creators writing songs for a hypothetical musical based on the 2007 Disney / Pixar movie. Moss has carefully considered how to “take this material completely seriously as that theatrical undertaking while embracing the chaotic comedy and almost ironic tone of TikTok ”. Watch our exclusive video interview above.
The score for “Ratatouille”, arranged by Daniel Mertzlufft and orchestrated by Macy schmidt, has a “very traditional” Disney sound, and Moss has tried to bring that magic to the screen. “I really tried to make it look like a virtual performance of what you might have seen in a Broadway theater,” she shares. She inventively used the TikTok clone filter and duo format to create a “fusion of traditional musical theater, Broadway with that TikTok-y flavor.” “I didn’t sleep during the month of December,” she says of making the hour-long musical in just one month.
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The cast of the special includes Tituss Burgess like Rémy, Andrew Barth Feldman as winner of Linguini and Tony André De Boucliers like Anton Ego. “It was so terrifying, and he was the most wonderful, wonderful man,” says Moss of his collaboration with De Shields. She says of the whole thing that it “didn’t have to work very hard to get them to deliver their incredible performances.” Moss also singles out candidate Tony Marie testa“An absolutely wacky and wonderful performance as Skinner” as a personal highlight.
Moss also discusses his work as a co-writer and co-director on “Six: The Musical,” which was literally minutes from the Broadway opening in March 2020 when theaters closed due to the pandemic of coronavirus. A year and a half later, “Six” will open on October 3, which Moss describes as “so exciting.” “We worked so hard on it at the start of 2020 and I was really excited to bring everyone together,” she shares. The cast of “Six” appear in “Ratatouille” as Rat Queens, and Moss jokes that she “did this one a great favor” to make the exciting cameo happen. “Ratatouille” has been viewed over 1.4 million times and raised over $ 2,000,000 for The Actors Fund.
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