The TikTok Ratatouille musical— aka the Ratatousical— debuted on-line on New 12 months’s Day and has already bought greater than $1 million in tickets, in fairly the feel-good begin to 2021. A portion of the ticket gross sales will profit The Actors Fund, which helps performers and staff within the leisure trade.
The musical came together on TikTok over a number of months, with creators together with composers, followers, set designers, costumers, and choreographers devising musical numbers, songs, and even a faux Playbill for the fictional “show” based mostly on the 2007 Disney/Pixar animated movie.
Then immediately it was truly taking place: Seaview Productions announced it was producing the present in affiliation with TikTok, and even Disney/Pixar gave its blessing. The present received some massive title Broadway stars to carry out the crowdsourced songs, together with Wayne Brady going all in with rat make-up as Django, Andrew Barth Feldman as Linguini, Ashley Park as Colette, Kevin Chamberlin as Auguste Gusteau, Andre de Shields as Anton Ego, Adam Lambert as Emile, and Tituss Burgess enjoying Remy, the rat who likes to cook dinner. The 20-piece Broadway Sinfonietta orchestra was on board as properly.
“The Rat’s Way of Life” and “Ratatouille Tango” created by TikToker Blake Rouse are featured within the musical, together with “Anyone Can Cook” and the music that began all of it, “Remy the Ratatouille.” It didn’t have all of the glitz and glamour of a high-end Broadway manufacturing, however the caliber of the performances given from their properties by the actors, musicians, and dancers (sure, even a kick line!) are top-notch.
Feldman summed it up after the debut: “fantastic.”
Holy. Shit. That was unbelievable.
— Andrew Barth Feldman (@andrewbfeldman) January 2, 2021
Close to the tip of the present, we additionally get to see lots of the TikTok creators who helped deliver all of it collectively. I’m not a theater critic by any stretch of the creativeness however I like musicals, and I discovered the Ratatousical to be a inventive triumph, sorely wanted at a time when Broadway and the remainder of the world have been disrupted by the pandemic. And I agree with the critic from The Los Angeles Times who says the present could sign a brand new approach ahead for musical theater, one with out gatekeepers stopping new expertise from having their probability to shine.
I gained’t spoil the plot, but it surely sticks fairly intently to the unique film’s storyline. You may nonetheless get tickets for the one-time only streaming performance, which will likely be obtainable till 7PM ET on January 4th. I extremely advocate you test it out.