My Thoughts on Ratatouille the TikTok Musical

January 04, 2021

If you’re a musical theatre fan and enjoy scrolling through TikTok on a daily basis, you’ve probably seen or heard about the hugely anticipated Ratatouille The Musical. The project was devised after TikTok user Emily Jacobsen’s audio for the musical went viral and fans loved it. From there creators all throughout the industry jumped at the opportunity to be part of this project and now we have an hour long presentation of the musical to kick start 2021.

The musical is based of the Disney Pixar animation which tells the story of Remy, who dreams of becoming a great chef, despite being a rat in a definitely rodent-phobic profession. He moves to Paris to follow his dream, and with the help of chef Linguini, he puts his skills to the test in the kitchen. 

Now a virtual production about a singing rat who loves to cook sounds extremely absurd, but I have to say I absolutely loved it!

The show was directed by Lucy Moss and choreographed by Ellenore Scott. Under the circumstances, the pair did a fantastic job and it's something I would love to see on stage one day. if that's even possible?!

The piece of course wouldn't be what it is without the original TikTok creators, other composers and set designers including Emily Jacobsen, Danny K. Bernstein, Gabbi Bolt, RJ Christian, Nathan Fosbinder, Sophia James, Katie Johantgen, Daniel Mertzlufft, Alec Powell, Blake Rouse, Christopher Routh and Jess Siswick.

There couldn't really have been a better cast for this project. Tituss Burgess brings real heart to Remy, while Wayne Brady is simply terrific as Django. Ashley Park is remarkable as Colette, and Andrew Barth Feldman is just a delight to watch and was cast perfectly. Tony winner Andre De Shields arrives like the Broadway royalty he is as Ego and Kevin Chamberlin kicks the show off as the marvellous Gusteau. The ensemble also brought real warmth to the piece and it was so nice to see so many familiar faces!

A huge highlight of the production for me was Tituss Burgess singing 'Remember My Name'. When I tell you I haven't stopped listening to it since, I really mean it. Can we give the song a Tony already?! I'm also a huge fan of Wayne Brady and it was lovely to see him take this show as seriously as any other, in whatever way he could. 

Along with its comical nature, the musical manages to bring a sweetness to the table, especially toward the end when food critic Ego is brought back to his childhood by the tastes of Remy and Linguini's ratatouille dish itself. 

I adored the references throughout the production to other famous musicals we all love and even thought the project was filmed individually from the performer's homes, it was just as delightful as any Broadway show. It was lovely to see members of the industry come together to create this project after the unfortunate year we've all had. It was a real treat to start off the new and hopefully better year!

All proceeds from the event go towards The Actors Fund, and the production is streaming online till 6pm CST on January 4th. So if you haven't yet seen it you haven't got long left! I urge to you to buy a ticket, you're in for a treat! Tickets start at $5 (£3.68) and you can purchase here: https://www.todaytix.com/x/nyc/shows/22803-ratatouille-the-tiktok-musical



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