A discussion with the Raggedy Ann Revival Effort (RARE), a group and fandom who are trying to revive Joe Raposo and William Gibson's early 1980s dark fantasy theatrical Broadway musical "Raggedy Ann" aka "Rag Dolly," which used some elements and songs from Richard Williams' 1977 film "Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure." Videos of the 1977 film and the 1980s musical are viewable on this channel.
Featuring Brooklyn (Finishing the Rat), Gwyn, Ronnie (HelloLadder) and Garrett Gilchrist.
Wikipedia writeup by Vinnie Rattolle:
Raggedy Ann Revival Effort (R.A.R.E.)
Filmmaker Garrett Gilchrist became intrinsically linked to Raggedy Ann & Andy director Richard Williams in 2006, when Gilchrist released his first fan edit of The Thief and the Cobbler, a long-gestating animated film that had been destroyed and swept under the rug by Miramax. Realizing that Raggedy Ann & Andy hadn't gotten a DVD release and the rights were murky, Gilchrist restored the film and leaked it on the internet in 2008, providing most viewers with their first opportunity to see it in its proper aspect ratio. Concurrently, cult movie blogger Vinnie Rattolle was championing a revival of the notorious Broadway flop Carrie when he obtained bootleg audio of a Broadway Raggedy Ann performance as well as an album of demos. Gilchrist and Rattolle teamed up for some preliminary research into the play in 2013, but they hit various roadblocks and abandoned the project for many years. However, Rattolle posted some of the audio on YouTube,  which began to generate interest, and Ivy Austin responded by posting the Rag Dolly in the USSR documentary eight months later.
Over the next few years, a fandom arose as a new generation discovered the character, and around the time the world was undergoing COVID-19 lockdown, the YouTube algorithms were fervently recommending Raggedy Ann videos. Without visuals, it was difficult to discern the action in the Broadway bootleg, so fans began unearthing scripts and sharing previously-unknown details.
In February 2021, a 16 year-old named Gwyn found Raggedy Ann & Andy autoplaying on her device, and she followed up the viewing with a video on the film/play from the popular webseries Colin LooksBack. A half hour later, she created R.A.R.E. pages on Discord and Tumblr, within fifteen minutes the first member joined, and more than 20 others had followed suit by the end of the week.
There were dual purposes in the group's efforts, with the most obvious being the intent to revive the show themselves, as many of the young members are studying for careers in musical theater. Their second motivation was to amass production materials for preservation since the show was considered lost media. They've unearthed numerous variations of the script and sheet music, Gibson's journal, publicity photos, press, the ESIPA video, and are on the hunt for more, most notably a video of the Moscow performance which has been confirmed to exist.
Meanwhile, they began readying a new version of the script in hopes that it can be made available for high schools and regional theater productions, with aspirations of a run off-Broadway. Largely working from the early drafts of the script, they've attempted to stay true to Gibson's intent while providing clarity and correcting various issues that were never ironed out in the chaos of the original productions. They also had to contend with the character of Panda, who'd become an outdated stereotype in the ensuing decades. They attempted to replace the character with Babette, a French doll that was featured in the film, but concluded that the character didn't work, so she was replaced by Teddy, an original character who is a British-educated swashbuckling Teddy Bear. They've done a table read, garnered the support of the Joe Raposo estate, have been in talks with the William Gibson estate, and hope to get the greenlight from the Bobbs-Merill company.