UW–Madison alumnus to star in ‘Ratatouille: The TikTok Musical’

Catch André De Shields in Friday's livestreamed performance as Anton Ego.
Andre De Shields
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André De Shields at home in New York on February 11, 2009.

André De Shields — best known for his work in “Play On!,” “The Full Monty,” “The Wiz” and most recently, “Hadestown” — will star as Anton Ego in “Ratatouille: The TikTok Musical.”

De Shields in a Tony Award-winning actor, who won best featured actor in a musical in 2019 for the role of Hermes in “Hadestown.” De Shields, who graduated from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1970 and received an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts in 2007, is just one of many high caliber Broadway performers to star in the livestreamed production.

In fall 2020, Emily Jacobsen recorded a song on TikTok dedicated to Remy, the lead character in Disney/Pixar’s 2007 film “Ratatouille.” This song ultimately went viral on the social media platform and led others to create songs based on the movie.

@e_jaccsA love ballad ##remy ##rat ##ratatoille ##disney ##wdw ##disneyworld ##ratlove ##ratlife ##rats ##Alphets ##StanleyCup ##CanYouWorkIt♬ Ode to Remy – Em Jaccs

With the urging of Broadway fans, the TikTok musical is becoming a reality, according to multiple news outlets. Seaview Productions will stream a concert presentation of the musical on TodayTixPresents Friday at 7 p.m. The musical is a singular special event benefiting The Actors Fund, which supports arts and entertainment professionals.

The casting was announced Tuesday by Seaview Productions and @Ratatousical on Instagram. In addition to De Shields, who will be food critic Ego, Tituss Burgess will play Remy (the rat of all my dreams), Wayne Brady as Django, Kevin Chamberlin as Auguste Gusteau, Andrew Barth Feldman as Alfredo Linguini, Adam Lambert as Emile, Ashley Park as Colette Tatou, Priscilla Lopez as Mabel, Owen Tabaka as Young Anton Ego and Mary Testa as Skinner.

Tickets to see the musical can be found here. All prices provide the same access to the production, but the different prices raise funds for The Actor’s Fund. After the premiere, the event will be available to purchase and view on demand for 72 hours, the website says.