When ‘The Ratatouils’ Will Be Back on Broadway: ‘It Will Be the Same’
The Broadway musical Ratatoulouille, starring Tony winner and Grammy Award winner Julia Roberts, is one of the year’s biggest musical hits.
But the critically acclaimed musical’s revival will be the first time the critically-acclaimed musical is being directed by a woman, thanks to the creative partnership of musical director Anna Pasternak and writer/musician/producer Sarah Schechter.
“This is the first musical that has a female lead, and the show will be much more inclusive and inclusive of women in its storytelling,” Pasternk said.
“I’ve always been fascinated by what women are able to do in musicals.
When you look at all the women who have been working on Broadway, we’re still not doing enough.
This is an opportunity to create a new musical that is a little bit more inclusive, a little more welcoming.”
It will be on Broadway on April 21, 2019, after a run in theaters from March 8-11.
Pasternky also announced that she’s tapped Schechters production designer Sarah Lutz to oversee the musical’s production design, costumes, lighting, and sound.
“We’re so excited to have Sarah Lutzes amazing expertise on this show, and to be working with her to make this musical into a show that is all about the people,” Pernash said.
The Broadway production is directed by Pasternks musical director, Anna Pernashes artistic director, and music writer Sarah Schechaters.
(Anna Pernas artistic director also worked on the musical last year.)
“Sarah Lutz brings to this show a tremendous level of expertise in both musicals and theater, so we’re very excited to be collaborating with her,” Schechtter said.
Pernatz is an Oscar winner for her work on musicals including The King and I and The Book of Mormon.
She’s also a founding member of the WED Theater, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing musicals to Broadway and beyond.
“When I was asked to come on board with this project, I knew I was absolutely thrilled to be joining the Weds, and I was so grateful to Anna Perczyk, Sarah Scheczyk, and Sarah Luttz for taking on this monumental task,” Schechuert said.
Schechwitz, Schech, and Lutz have been collaborating with Pernetz on the show for a year, creating a new version of the musical for Broadway.
“Sarah has been in this business for so long, and she’s been around the world,” Schecatz said.
As for the show’s artistic vision, Schecz said that the musical will take the audience on an exciting journey.
“You’re going to see this show for yourself,” Schechaut said.
She added that the show won’t be about gender roles.
“The Ratatos’ musical is about the human heart, but it’s also about the musical.
We’re going into this with the same kind of passion and excitement that you do for a musical.”
Schechat said that she was particularly excited about the idea of the show celebrating the women of New York City.
“They are all so incredibly talented and they’re all just so beautiful and talented.
I was inspired by their story to create this show,” she said.
A musical with more diverse voices will give the show more power.
“It’s really important to me to show this show in a way that is inclusive of all of the people who are involved in this show and all of their voices,” Schecht said.
For the show, Schecht and Pernats team is looking to bring the production to Broadway with musical director Sarah Schecht, choreographer Sarah Luch, lighting designer Melissa Fuchs, and costume designer Kristin DeBartolo.
“A lot of the music that we do, we do all our own sets.
This was really a chance for us to take that to Broadway, and it’s something that we’re excited about.
We wanted to be able to bring that experience to the world.”
It’s been five years since The Ratatos was premiered on Broadway.
Pertsch, who won an Emmy for her role as the musical version of a woman in the 1950s and ’60s, said that Pernatos’ vision for the musical is a big part of why she wanted to come onboard.
“She was so passionate about the fact that we needed to show these stories that were important to women and black people,” she explained.
“And that was what made the show so compelling to me.”