The crowdsourced Ratatouille musical that was cooked up on TikTok has progressed to a new stage with a cast — including Tituss Burgess, Adam Lambert, Wayne Brady, Andre De Sheilds, and Ashley Park — announced for a one-night-only benefit concert. You can check out a rendition of “Remember My Name” above performed by music supervisor Daniel Mertzlufft, who also wrote the song, with lyrics by Kate Leonard — Burgess will perform the song in the official show.
Ratatouille: The TikTok Musical will stream on Friday at 7 p.m. ET for 72 hours. The $5 tickets are on sale exclusively on TodayTix.com, with proceeds benefiting the Actors Fund, which supports entertainment industry workers.
The full cast will star: Wayne Brady (Django), Tituss Burgess (Remy), Kevin Chamberlin (Gusteau), Tony Award winner André De Shields (Ego), Andrew Barth Feldman (Linguini), Grammy Award nominee Adam Lambert (Emile), Tony winner Priscilla Lopez (Mabel), Tony nominee Ashley Park (Colette), Owen Tabaka (Young Ego), and three-time Tony nominee Mary Testa (Skinner), with Cori Jaskier, Talia Suskauer, Nikisha Williams, JJ Niemann, John Michael Lyles, Raymond J. Lee, and Joy Woods as the ensemble.
As Rolling Stone detailed last month, obsessed fans took to musical theater TikTok to craft a musical from scratch based on the 2007 Pixar movie about a rat who loves to cook. Emily Jacobsen, who wrote the original “Remy the Ratatouille” song for TikTok, and composer Daniel Mertzlufft, whose arrangement of that song helped kickstart the online effort (a.k.a. the #RatatouilleMusical Community), are being given writing credit, as is Blake Rouse, who wrote two of the more popular songs on TikTok, “The Rat’s Way of Life” and “Ratatouille Tango.”
“It started as a joke,” Rouse told Rolling Stone. “And then people sort of started saying, ‘Hey, check this out. This could be the song, this could be the dance numbers, these could be costumes.’ People started to become invested in this TikTok musical theater baby everyone’s collectively taking care of.”
Tony Award-winning theatrical production company Seaview is responsible for the event, and the new music will be performed with the 20-piece Broadway Sinfonietta orchestra. Jeremy O. Harris, Michael Breslin, and Patrick Foley will serve as Executive Producers.