Ratatouille has always been a beloved cultural phenomenon for many Gen Z’ers. With the emergence of TikTok, however, came a newfound love and passion for morphing the Pixar favorite into a Broadway musical. Beginning in October, thousands of TikTok creators contributed with new songs, dances, makeup looks, costumes, sets, and more. The show materialized as a result of all of this content, although if it were to ever happen in real life was the key question. Soon enough, Seaview Productions announced it was throwing a virtual performance of “Ratatouille: the Tik Tok Musical” as a benefit concert. The show premiered on January 1 and was available to stream for 72 hours afterwards. As of New Year’s Day, when the show debuted, it sold over $1 million in tickets, with some of the proceeds going toward the Actors Fund, which supports performers and workers in the entertainment industry.
The cast of Ratatouille was full of Broadway stars. Titus Burgess, best known for his role on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt played Remy, the main character of the show. Andrew Barth Feldman, who recently made his Broadway debut as Evan Hansen in the hit Dear Evan Hansen, portrayed Alfredo Linguini, a bumbling, clumsy man who befriends Remy in order to become a better chef. Three-time Tony Award nominee Kevin Chamberlain took on the role of Gusteau, the renowned late chef and owner of the restaurant and cookbook Remy uses to learn how to cook.
But wait, there’s more. Hadestown star André De Shields played Anton Ego, a passionate and sometimes terrifying food critic. Ashley Park, best known for originating the role of Gretchen Wieners in Mean Girls on Broadway, was Colette Tabou, a chef who helps train Alfredo. Wayne Brady played the part of Django, Remy’s father and leader of the rat colony, while Adam Lambert played Emile, Remy’s brother. Mary Testa played Skinner, the main antagonist; a grumpy chef who hates rats, and finally, Tony winner Priscilla Lopez portrayed Mabel, whose house Remy finds the cookbook in.
These stars performed songs, all from Tik Tok, including “The Rat’s Way of Life” and “Ratatouille Tango,” along with “Anyone Can Cook” and the song that started it all, “Remy the Ratatouille.” The virtual performance even featured the TikTok creators who helped to make the show possible. You can find a full list of all the actors and creators involved here. Tickets are still available for this benefit performance. You can purchase them here, until January 4th.
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