January 17, 2021

Sambaad Patra

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‘Ratatouille’ TikTok musical star Wayne Brady wins Twitter raves for committing to his singing rodent – USA TODAY

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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.

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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?)

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.”

One Twitter user argued that Brady “did NOT have to go that hard……… but he did that……. he did that for us.”

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.

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