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18 November 2020, 11:38
It started as a simple song, and now TikTokers across the globe have contributed music, choreography, set designs and even costume suggestions for a ‘Ratatouille’ musical.
Next thing she knew, her 15-second rendition sparked an international movement on the video-sharing app, inspiring theatre lovers across the world to collaborate.
Millions of views later, and after a series of creative “duets”, Jaccs’ song has paved the way for a full-blown Broadway production based on the fictitious rat’s culinary adventure.
Here’s how it happened...
But, being a story about a rodent who becomes a great chef, the potential was always there. And Em Jaccs recognised that.
She posted her auto-tuned ode in August, and like most of the wacky and obscure content that fuels TikTok, it went OFF.
Inspired by the creativity, originality and overall ~vibes~ of the brief video, at-home thespians jumped at the chance to orchestrate a stage-ready production.
First, additional vocals were added by @danieljmertzlufft.
“You need to imagine a FULL ensemble belting this out. Like 40 people,” the on-screen text reads.
At this point, it seems pretty believable. Almost plausible that such a show could become a reality.
But, as most keen theatre-goers would argue, great choreography is crucial to any musical.
Enter dancer @tristanmichaelmcintyre...
Crafting a song dedicated to garbage, Gabbi donned homemade rat ears as she belted out the theatrical ballad.
It’s actually quite a bop.
Still not convinced that this could be a legit musical?
A playbill for the show you say? Jess Siswick has made it.
Captivating set design? Shoebox Musicals has designed one.
TikToker Ardell has even come up with costume ideas...
Clearly there’s an appetite for a Ratatouille-inspired musical out there.
Good luck getting “Remy the Ratatouille” out of your head...