My review of Ratatouille Musical on Broadway (well e-Broadway, that is.)
Have you ever read a New York Times review of a musical and wonder, “Wait a second – I’m three paragraphs into this review and I still don’t even know if he liked it or not!”
Critics have a skill . . . it’s like a fisherman who doesn’t try to land the marlin on the first bite . . . they drag you in . . . all slllllloooooowwww liiiiiikkkkke. And get you to read all the way to the bottom.
SPOILER ALERT: This is not a New York Times review.
So let me get the rat out of the bag right now.
My review of Ratatouille musical?
I liked it.
You can stop reading now, if you like. And if you want a more in-depth analysis of it, you can read the actual New York Times review here.
But yeah, I liked it. I couldn’t help but get the e-chills hearing Daniel Mertzlufft’s orchestrated version of Emily Jacobsen’s “Ode To Remy” (aka The TikTok heard ’round the world) sung by Titus Burgess.
And kudos to the writers, Michael Breslin and Patrick Foley, for how fast they delivered something of this quality (with a score that was mostly pre-existing!) In a way, they wrote a jukebox musical . . . and they wrote it faaaaaast.
So yeah, I liked the show.
But I effin’ LOVED that it happened.
Seriously, Ratatouille should get the Nobel Peace Prize for musicals.
At a time when the theater is torn apart . . . because we can’t be together . . . leave it to the NEXT generation, Gen Z, to teach us to create something no matter what the circumstances.
Great leadership often comes from the young . . . because they aren’t trying to lead . . . they are just doing what they love and it’s impossible not to follow them. It’s why I jumped into the TikTok fray . . . I wanted to be in their group.
While I give so much love and props to this group of creators, the next generation of theatermakers, I so respect Disney Theatricals under the leadership of Tom Schumacher, for letting it happen.
20 years ago? This would not have happened. No way. Too many lawyers. Too much corporate fear.
Today? You must learn to give the people what they want. And Disney did that . . . while simultaneously protecting its brand (the musical was only available for viewing twice) . . . and helping to raise $1mm for The Actors Fund.
So yes, I liked the performances, the choreography, the costumes even . . .
But I loved what Ratatouille represents . . . the future.
And I predict that review will be a rave.
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