From January 1st through the 3rd of 2021, “Ratatouille: The TikTok Musical” premiered on the social media app as a collection of seconds-long videos, raising 1.9 million dollars for the Actor’s Fund, an organization that strives to assist struggling performing arts entertainers, especially during the pandemic.
Tickets to the virtual event were sold on TodayTix.com for as low as $5, and allowed the purchaser to view the show as many times as they pleased during the three-day timeframe. The show began as a small internet joke, but morphed into a global phenomenon with the help of passionate actors and songwriters.
“It was so cool watching how a joke that started on TikTok could be turned into a real show,” Kaylee Gentleman, a junior at PV, said. “Even though we can’t see in-person live productions of musicals, there is still a way to watch them.”
The cast of the virtual musical included Tituss Burgess as Remy, Andrew Barth Feldman as Linguini, Kevin Chamberlin as Gusteau, Adam Lambert as Emile, Tony-award winner André De Shields as Ego, and many more. The actors filmed their portions of the show separately at home, and the scenes were put together with editing magic.
“It was finally something new to watch and was a very unique way to go about performing a musical,” Kelly McKenzie, a senior, said. “After a virtual play last year, it felt really cool to be starting a new year with a virtual musical.”
The Ratatouille musical celebrated how even the smallest person (or rat) could make a difference in the world, and gave audiences hope during the current uncertain times. The tagline from the original TikTok video was “Will the world remember your name?”
“There were lots of great elements that incorporated both a TikTok and professional stage look,” John Baranowski, a senior, said. “What I admire most, however, was that proceeds were given to the Actor’s Fund! You could pick any price, and anybody could go regardless of how much they donated!”
People unleashed their creativity in a variety of ways during the pandemic, and this musical is no exception. Without the foundation set by everyday musical loving creators on TikTok, Remy the Rat would have never stepped back into the spotlight.
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