‘Ratatouille’ raises over $1 million to benefit The Actors Fund

The musical benefit premiered on New Year’s Day for 72 hours.

Photo credit: Ratatouille: The TikTok Musical artwork

UPDATE: On 12 January, The Actors Fund stated that Ratatouille the Musical has raised over $2 million, making it the most successful fundraiser for The Actors Fund of all time. More than 350,000 people have viewed the musical in total.

Following the news that Ratatouille the Musical would stream at the start of 2021, the TikTok musical has generated over $1 million worth of ticket sales. All donations will go towards The Actors Fund.

In a statement from President and CEO of The Actors Fund, Joseph P. Benincasa said: “I am thrilled that we’ve begun the New Year with this seismic event that is clearly providing so much joy. Our gratitude goes to the producers, creators, performers and everyone in the TikTok community who came together so quickly to make it all happen so wonderfully."

Ratatouille the Musical is inspired by a range of TikToks about the 2007 movie, following a rat who aspires to become a French chef. The cast included Tituss Burgess as Remy, Wayne Brady as Django, Kevin Chamberlin as Gusteau, André De Shields as Ego, Andrew Barth Feldman as Linguini, Adam Lambert as Emile, Priscilla Lopez as Mabel, Ashley Park as Colette, Owen Tabaka as Young Ego and Mary Testa as Skinner. Cori Jaskier, Talia Suskauer, Nikisha Williams, JJ Niemann, John Michael Lyles, Raymond J. Lee, and Joy Woods played ensemble roles.

The musical premiered on New Year’s Day, January 1 at 7:00pm, available to stream for 72 hours. The show included content from TikTokkers and Broadway performers, whose collective works have been seen by over 200 million people worldwide.

Michael Breslin and Patrick Foley adapted Ratatouille the Musical, with choreography by Ellenore Scott, direction by Lucy Moss and music from Danny Bernstein, Gabbi Bolt, Kevin Chamberlin, RJ Christian, Nathan Fosbinder, Emily Jacobsen, Sophia James, Katie Johantgen, Daniel Mertzlufft, Alec Powell and Blake Rouse. The 20-piece BIPOC collective Broadway Sinfonietta also played music.