The creator behind the viral crowdsourced “Ratatouille: The Musical” is back with another TikTok-inspired project. This time, it’ll be performed live on Broadway.
Composer and orchestrator Daniel Mertzlufft is known for arranging TikTok memes as musical theater numbers. His latest project “For You, Paige” is an homage to TikTok’s vibrant musical theater community, partially inspired by the success of “Ratatouille: The Musical.”
The musical, produced in partnership with TikTok itself, will be simultaneously performed on stage in New York and streamed on TikTok this week. It will be hosted by Andy Cohen, and stars Roman Banks and Sri Ramesh.
Inspired by the 2007 Disney-Pixar film of the same name, “Ratatouille: The Musical” started as a TikTok meme in 2020. After creator Emily Jacobsen’s ode to the character Remy the rat went viral, Mertzlufft arranged the song in the style of a musical theater finale. His arrangement went viral on TikTok, inspiring thousands of musical theater parodies of scenes from the movie. Creators crowdsourced musical numbers, and adapted and arranged them into a cohesive production. A filmed version of the musical was livestreamed in January 2021, with proceeds benefiting the Actor’s Fund.
“For You, Paige” — a play on TikTok’s For You Page — follows a composer named Landon and his best friend Paige, a fan of a young adult novel series called “Utopia.” Paige and Landon write a song together inspired by the series, which ends up going viral. When a producer approaches Landon about turning it into a full show, he runs with it without acknowledging Paige’s work.
“For You, Paige” will be the first live theater debut broadcasted by TikTok. It streams on April 14 at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT via the @TikTok handle.
Ahead of the show’s Broadway debut, Mertzlufft discussed producing the hybrid musical, collaborating with other creators and the future of musical theater.