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The TikTok ‘Ratatouille’ Musical Is Really Going to Happen

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Jaya Saxena is a Correspondent at, and the series editor of Best American Food and Travel Writing. She explores wide ranging topics like labor, identity, and food culture.

The TikTok phenomenon will become a concert presentation on January 1

In one of the more impressive projects to come out of pandemic boredom, users of TikTok have collaborated to create an entire fan musical based on the Disney’s Ratatouille. It began when user @e_jaccs posted ‘Ode to Remy,” a quick original tune about “the rat of all my dreams,” and eventually blossomed into a global project with new songs, set designs, and Playbills. Now, the show is actually going to come to life as a benefit concert for the Actors Fund, a non-profit that supports actors and stage workers, and will stream on January 1. This is...delightful? Does anyone remember feeling like this??

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“Finding new outlets for creative collaboration has never been more imperative than it is right now,” said Greg Nobile, CEO of Seaview, the production company that picked up the musical. “We can’t wait to share what these remarkable creators have dreamt up which will now allow them to benefit other artists through the vital work of The Actors Fund.”

So far, it’s unclear which of the many songs will be included, though it appears many of the original TikTok creators will be involved in the show. Thankfully, TikTok’s terms of service do say users own the content they create, and Disney seems to be on board.

With many of the TikTok contributors being out-of-work musicians and theater workers themselves, and Broadway being dead until at least May 2021, new theater feels nice. As does envisioning a future in which we get to hear Patti LuPone scream “Eeet ees a peasaaahhnt deeesh!” at least once.

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