That's a lot of cheese: The streaming production of Ratatouille: The TikTok Musical has raised $2 million for The Actors Fund, supporting theatre workers via various grants and programs to keep people financially secure and healthy. The event is now considered the most successful fundraiser in the organization's history with over 350,000 people catching the show during its virtual run.
The Actors Fund offered more than $18 million in relief to over 14,700 people last year as the COVID-19 pandemic ravaged the industry. As it stands, Broadway is set to reopen June 1 this year at the earliest. As recently reported, Dr. Anthony Fauci told a panel January 11 that theatres will likely open in the fall.
“In less than a month, we all created a new way of making art while raising funds for such a vital organization during this unprecedented time,” said Greg Nobile, CEO of Seaview, which presented the musical. “I am hopeful that the success of this benefit will have a lasting impact as we work together as an industry to continue finding ways to champion new, diverse, and younger voices and audiences – whether it be online, on Broadway, or beyond.”
The musical, directed by Six co-creator Lucy Moss, starred Tituss Burgess as Remy, Andrew Barth Feldman as Linguini, and Ashley Park as Colette. Rounding out the cast were Wayne Brady as Django, Kevin Chamberlin as Gusteau, André De Shields as Ego, Adam Lambert as Emile, Priscilla Lopez as Mabel, Owen Tabaka as Young Ego, and Mary Testa as Skinner.
In the collaborative spirit of the show’s origins, the production featured music from several creators who participated in the TikTok trend. Michael Breslin and Patrick Foley (Circle Jerk) adapted the project for the virtual stage. Among those contributing to the score were Chamberlin, Danny Bernstein, Gabbi Bolt, RJ Christian, Nathan Fosbinder, Emily Jacobsen, Sophia James, Katie Johantgen, Daniel Mertzlufft, Alec Powell, and Blake Rouse, with additional lyrics by Kate Leonard.
The ensemble featured Cori Jaskier, Talia Suskauer, Nikisha Williams, JJ Niemann, John Michael Lyles, Raymond J. Lee, and Joy Woods. Broadway Sinfonietta, a 20-piece collective of female and majority women-of-color musicians, served as the production's orchestra.
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