How the Ratatouille TikTok musical might find yourself at Disneyland – Whittier Every day Information
The idea of the social media-powered Ratatouille musical making the leap from the 15-second TikTok video to the Broadway stage may seem impossible, but Disneyland could be the final stepping stone to the unlikely journey of crowd-sourced online production serve.
“Ratatouille: The TikTok Musical” premieres online on Friday January 1st. Proceeds from the community-authored Broadway-caliber special will go to the Actor’s Fund.
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The idea for a Ratatouille musical was born in August when New York school teacher and Broadway fan Emily Jacobsen published a two-line couplet of her song “Ode to Remy” on TikTok.
A love ballad #remy #rat #ratatoille #disney #wdw #disneyworld #ratlove #ratlife #rats #Alphets #StanleyCup #CanYouWorkIt
♬ Ode to Remy – In Jaccs
Other TikToker brought in their own ideas for songs, choreographies, costumes, and sets inspired by scenes from the 2007 Pixar movie, and soon a full-fledged musical was taking shape. The A-List now includes Tituss Burgess as Remy, Adam Lambert as Emile and Ashley Park as Colette as Emily in Paris.
Instead of crushing the young theater project, Disney jumped on the bandwagon of the viral sensation seen by more than 200 million TikTok users.
Disney Parks’ official TikTok account featured an unofficial audition for the #ratatouillemusical with a Hamilton-inspired rap from Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure at Walt Disney World. Then Disney World took the self-proclaimed “Rat Queen” Jacobsen on a tour of the upcoming dark ride with Epcot.
Our unofficial audition for #ratatouillemusical with @milomanheim and @pearcejoza D #Disney #DisneyParks #DisneyChannel #EPCOT #Ratatouille
♬ Original sound – Disney Parks
“While we don’t have any development plans for the title, we love it when our fans study Disney stories,” Disney representatives said in a statement to the New York Times. “We salute and thank all of the online theater makers for helping to support the Actors Fund during this unprecedented time of need.”
How could Disneyland play a role in continuing Remy’s musical journey from the TikTok phenomenon to the lights of Broadway?
The nine-month closure of the Disneyland Resort forced Disney to dismiss the cast of “Frozen Live” at the Hyperion Theater in Disney California Adventure and “Mickey and the Magical Map” at the Disneyland Fantasyland Theater. The Disneyland theater team will seek to fill these theaters once the widespread availability of COVID-19 vaccines allows Broadway-style theater productions to resume.
Disney Theatrical Productions will be watching closely whether the online musical “Ratatousical” becomes a lasting sensation or fades as bread-baking, drive-in films and other pandemic fashions.
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An instant jump to Broadway could be too ambitious for even a runaway “rataousical” hit. But could the theaters Hyperion or Fantasyland serve as a testing ground for a young Ratatouille musical? Broadway productions of “Aladdin” and “Frozen” both began at DCA’s Hyperion.
Another option would be the Disney Cruise Lines – the single A minor leagues from Disney’s theater farm system. But the ongoing effects of the pandemic will likely keep cruises out of the way longer than theme parks.
This makes Disneyland the ideal triple-A station for the “Ratatousical” workshop before jumping to Broadway. The Hyperion could serve as the perfect lab for figuring out what works in a 45-minute theme park show and how production can be expanded to include a two-act Broadway musical in a big league.
Disneyland makes more sense for a “ratatousical” run than Disney World. Disney resorts typically only have one attraction or show per movie – so the walkaround characters have a natural place to “live” in the theme parks. With the new Ratatouille ride set to debut in Epcot in 2021, Disneyland and DCA would be left as logical places for a US test of Remy’s Broadway ambitions.
What are the chances that “Ratatousical” will play the Hyperion Theater? In normal times slim to not at all. But the pandemic has reshuffled all the rules.
It wouldn’t be the first time Disneyland has made a radical change in response to an online storm during the pandemic. The Disney theme parks have already taken their cues from the viral sensations of social media.
Walt Disney Imagineering announced in June that it had been working on a revision of the Splash Mountain rides at Disneyland, Anaheim, and the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, Florida, on Princess and the Frog for more than a year after an online one – The petition had been signed by tens of thousands of supporters calling on Disney to redesign the attractions of the tree trunks for Princess Tiana.
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The noise started with a social media post by Disneyland actor Frederick Chambers outlining his proposal for a complete overhaul of Splash Mountain. Chambers’ proposal sparked a petition raising issues with the racist undertones of the ride, based on the controversial Disney film “Song of the South” from the 1940s.