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Since its premiere on New Year’s Day, Ratatouille: The TikTok Musical has raised a record-breaking total of $2 million to benefit The Actors Fund, making it the most successful fundraiser in the organization’s history.
In its opening weekend, the musical initially raised $1 million in ticket sales for The Actors Fund, with over 200,000 tickets sold. An encore performance took place on Jan. 10, in which 150,000 viewers tuned in.
Based on the 2007 Disney/Pixar animated feature, Ratatouille: The TikTok Musical was presented by Tony Award-winning theatrical company Seaview, in association with TikTok and TodayTix Presents.
“The collaborative spirit of the entertainment community was on full display in Ratatouille: The TikTok Musical,” said Joseph P. Benincasa, The Actors Fund president and CEO, in a statement. “The Actors Fund is incredibly grateful to Thomas Schumacher and Disney Theatrical Group for allowing this project to move forward; to Greg Nobile and Seaview Productions; the phenomenal performers and musicians; the remarkable creative team and the TikTok community for this groundbreaking benefit. Their dedication and generosity brought joy to arts lovers worldwide, raised unprecedented funds and points the way forward in 2021. That same collaborative spirit will help ensure The Actors Fund continues to foster stability and resiliency and to provide a safety net to everyone in entertainment and performing arts.”
The one-time, pre-filmed performance of the show featured the collective work of members of TikTok’s #RatatouilleMusical community, which earned the engagement of more than 200 million fans worldwide.
The cast included Broadway stars such as Tony Award winner André De Shields, Tony winner Priscilla Lopez, Tony nominee Ashley Park, Owen Tabaka, three-time Tony nominee Mary Testa and the 20-piece Broadway Sinfonietta orchestra. The musical also starred Wayne Brady, Tituss Burgess, Kevin Chamberlin, Andrew Barth Feldman and Grammy Award nominee Adam Lambert with Cori Jaskier, Talia Suskauer, Nikisha Williams, JJ Niemann, John Michael Lyles, Raymond J. Lee and Joy Woods as the ensemble.
Directed by Lucy Moss, Ratatouille: The TikTok Musical was adapted for the virtual event by Michael Breslin and Patrick Foley.
“When Greg Nobile first approached us with the idea to produce a benefit event surrounding Ratatouille, never did we imagine that it would blossom into such an amazing outpouring of love and support for The Actors Fund,” said Disney Theatrical Productions president Thomas Schumacher in a statement. “What we all saw New Year’s day was a celebration of art and craft that was as charming as it was moving. It’s thrilling to see how the theatre-makers on TikTok and the Broadway community came together to provide aid to so many in need during this unprecedented time.”
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