Stars be a part of present that was cooked up on TikTok
Adam Lambert (left) and Tituss Burgess will bring the musical made by TikTok to life
When the creators of TikTok released songs inspired by the 2007 movie Ratatouille this summer, they didn’t think they’d ever make a star-studded musical.
But that’s exactly what will happen on January 1st, when they’ll be performed by big names in television, music, and theater.
The one-time performance will be accompanied by Queen singer Adam Lambert, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt star Tituss Burgess and Tony Award winner Andre De Shields.
The animated Pixar film follows Remy’s dreams of becoming a chef.
The musical version began in August when New York teacher and Ratatouille superfan Emily Jacobson joked a rousing song about Remy, “The Rat of All My Dreams”, wrote and published on TikTok.
Two months later, composer and orchestrator Daniel Mertzlufft added a Broadway-style musical arrangement – and hundreds of other TikTok creators followed suit, releasing their own tunes about the characters and plot of the film.
Now the best songs have been put together, and what started as an impromptu crowdsourced online phenomenon turns into a streaming show directed by Lucy Moss, the British co-creator of the hit musical Six.
The story goes on
Burgess will play Remy, with Lambert as his brother Emile. The cast also includes Emmy Award winner and comedian Wayne Brady, as well as Broadway stars Ashley Park, Andrew Barth Feldman, Priscilla Lopez and Mary Testa.
They will be joined by the 20-piece Broadway Sinfonietta Orchestra, and the show will raise money for the Actors Fund, which supported the performers during the pandemic.
No location was announced for the performance. The organizers said they are “mainly working virtually virtually to bring this event to life”.
They also say that Disney gave their blessing to the project and that the company “is thrilled to see fans engaging with Disney stories and they applaud and thank all of the online theater makers”.