02 January 2021 04:32
'Ratatouille' TikTok musical star Wayne Brady wins Twitter raves for committing to his singing rodent Brian Truitt | USA TODAY Show Caption Hide Caption TikTok users create viral 'Ratatouille' musical TikTok users have created a viral 'Ratatouille' musical within the social media community with creatives making their own songs, choreography, merchandise, playbills and more. Even Disney and Pixar have caught on and chimed in. (Dec. 1) AP In a time where COVID's kept Broadway dark for months (and staying that way well into 2020), "Ratatouille: The TikTok Musical" arrived Friday as a virtual, viral oddity for those needing a musical-theater fix, yet it was Wayne Brady, sporting a pink nose and makeup whiskers, who stole the show on social media. The crowdsourced "Ratatousical" is a collaboration of original songs, lyrics and ideas from fans - including Emily Jacobsen, who wrote the original "Remy the Ratatouille" song for TikTok - as well as out-of-work theater performers to adapt the 2007 Pixar animated movie into a two-act show. The show featured Titus Burgess as Remy, the rat with dreams of becoming a Parisian chef; Adam Lambert as Remy's brother Emile; Ashley Park ("Emily in Paris") as human chef Colette; and even some "Cats" jokes and dancers in Mickey Mouse ears amid the Broadway-at-home atmosphere.
'Ratatouille': Virtual TikTok musical rings in 2021 with stars Tituss Burgess, Adam Lambert COVID: Broadway extends shutdown to May 30 amid coronavirus pandemic Brady, the host of CBS' "Let's Make a Deal" who played Emile's father Django, won a ton of raves for his commitment to the bit. Burgess wore a sweater, Lambert was clad in his usual rocker glam, but Brady busted out the costume makeup and props to properly embody his garbage-rodent character. Many on social media pointed out that Brady should get some Tony Awards love for his performance. (If streaming films can be eligible for Oscars this year, maybe a TikTok musical can storm the Tonys?) I can't wait for Wayne Brady to win the Tony for best supporting actor #RatatouilleMusical — ashley hufford (she/her) (@ashleyhufford) January 2, 2021 Brady was a part of one Tony-winning Broadway show, "Kinky Boots," and he let loose some impressive vocals in his "Ratatouille" numbers - so much that one person pointed out that his "back gotta hurt from carrying the entire show." wayne brady's back gotta hurt from carrying the entire show (and kevin) #ratatouillethemusical pic.twitter.com/QLXzClj2on — rachel (@macklesnore) January 2, 2021 One Twitter user argued that Brady "did NOT have to go that hard......... Brady's climactic moment?
Rocking out in the finale, of course. The "Ratatouille" musical is streaming until Monday at 7 p.m. ET, with tickets on sale exclusively at TodayTix.com for $5. Proceeds benefit The Actors Fund, which aids entertainment-industry workers. Wayne Brady is the standout star from the New Year's treat that is the Ratatouille musical, Ratatousical. The TikTok musical is an unofficial adaptation of the 2007 Pixar film that started with a short original "love ballad" uploaded to TikTok by Emily Jacobsen about "Remy, the ratatouille, the rat of my dreams." According to TubeFilter, composer Daniel Mertzlufft took Jacobsen's song and adjusted its arrangement to work with a full-scale ensemble. Other TikTok users chimed in and soon, the idea of a full-blown musical was a reality. Ratatousical is a one-time streaming benefit for The Actors Fund and starring the likes of Tituss Burgess as Remy the Rat, Andrew Barth Feldman as Linguini, Andre De Shields as Ego, and Brady as Django. The Let's Make a Deal host made a splash with fans online who couldn't hide their excitement. Not only did Brady bring his Broadway chops and singing voice, but he also brought props to the role. He dressed in a hat adorned with rat ears, a pink nose and plenty of whiskers to sell the part. The reactions were all unified in praise for the former Whose Line standout. Scroll down to see some of the best responses to the performance and the musical. You can still catch Ratatousical through Jan. 4 at 7:00 p.m. ET.