‘Ratatouille: The TikTok Musical’ Raises Over $1M for The Actors Fund

To help kick off the new year, Tituss Burgess, Andrew Barth Feldman, Ashley Park and more stars of the screen and stage sang of Parisian cooking and one rat’s dream to be a culinary icon in the virtual benefit performance Ratatouille: The TikTok Musical.

The pre-filmed musical, put on by Seaview Productions to raise money for the Actors Fund, will be available to stream for three days and features content created by members of TikTok’s #RatatouilleMusical Community (whose collective work has garnered over 200 million followers around the globe).

Following the musical’s initial premiere on Friday evening (Jan. 1), The Actors Fund confirmed more than $1 million had been made in ticket sales to benefit it.

“I am thrilled that we’ve begun the New Year with this seismic event that is clearly providing so much joy. Our gratitude goes to the producers, creators, performers and everyone in the TikTok community who came together so quickly to make it all happen so wonderfully,” Joseph P. Benincasa, president and CEO of The Actors Fund, said in a statement.

The musical generally follows the plot of Disney’s Ratatouille: Remy (Titus Burgess) the rat, who has a refined palate and dream to cook, teaches kitchen worker Alfredo Linguini (Feldman) how to cook by hiding under his chef’s hat. Linguini rises to the top of famed Paris restaurant Gusteau’s, raising suspicion from fellow chef Skinner (Mary Testa) and the curiosity from hard-to-please critic Anton Ego (André De Shields).

A recurring theme throughout the musical, which is told through the point of view of Remy, was his and Linguini’s admiration for renowned and talented chef Auguste Gusteau, and their hopes that his motto “anyone can cook” was true. From Burgess and Feldman singing of their desires to be successful chefs as Remy and Linguini to Adam Lambert’s poppy tune about a rat’s way of life as Emile, the virtual musical showcased an eclectic range of performances that were fairly on par with what one would expect for a musical version of the 2007 animated film.

The pivotal moment for the film — Ego’s critique of Remy’s ratatouille creation and him subsequently learning a rat was behind the dish — offered a touching monologue from Owen Tabaka.

“The bitter truth we critics must face is that the average piece of junk is probably more meaningful than our criticism designating it so. The world can often be unkind to new talent, new creations. The new needs friends. Last night I experienced something new and extraordinary meal from a singularly unexpected source. I now know not anyone can but cook but a great cook can come from anywhere,” Tabaka said, paraphrasing the critic’s speech originally performed by Peter O’Toole in the film.

The one-time performance was cast with Broadway stars including Tony Award winner De Shields (Ego), Tony winner Priscilla Lopez (Mabel), Tony nominee Park (Colette), Tabaka (Young Ego), and three-time Tony nominee Testa (Skinner) and the 20-piece Broadway Sinfonietta orchestra.

Ratatouille: The TikTok Musical also starred Wayne Brady (Django), Burgess (Remy), Kevin Chamberlin (Gusteau), Feldman (Linguini), Grammy Award nominee Lambert (Emile), with Cori Jaskier, Talia Suskauer, Nikisha Williams, JJ Niemann, John Michael Lyles, Raymond J. Lee, and Joy Woods as the ensemble.

The musical was adapted for this virtual benefit event by Michael Breslin and Patrick Foley, choreographed by Ellenore Scott, directed by Lucy Moss, and features music from Danny Bernstein (@dannykbernstein), Gabbi Bolt (@fettuccinefettuqueen), Chamberlin (@chamberlin_kevin), RJ Christian (@rjthecomposer), Nathan Fosbinder (@fozzyforman108), Emily Jacobsen (@e_jaccs), Sophia James (@sophiajamesmusic), Katie Johantgen (@katiejoyofosho), Daniel Mertzlufft (@danieljmertzlufft), Alec Powell (@phisherpryce), and Blake Rouse (@blakeyrouse).

Jeremy O. Harris, Michael Breslin, and Patrick Foley served as executive producers.

This article originally appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.

Vanilla Ice Plays Mar-a-Lago New Year’s Eve Party

Donald Trump was reportedly not in attendance at this year’s New Year’s Eve party at Mar-a-Lago, but Vanilla Ice was.

Video clips from the party ringing in the new year at the Palm Beach, Fla., resort made rounds across social media on Friday (Jan. 1), give glimpses at the event’s entertainment and dance floor.

In footage from Mar-a-Lago, Vanilla Ice can be seen on stage performing “Ice Ice Baby.”

“Ok this is amazing,” the president’s son Donald Trump Jr. captioned a live video uploaded from the party to Facebook Thursday night, showing him mouthing the words to the song. “Vanilla Ice is playing the Mar-a-Lago New Years Eve party. As a child of the 90s you can’t fathom how awesome that is. Beyond that I got the birthday shoutout so that’s pretty amazing.”

Vanilla Ice also played his cover of “Play That Funky Music.”

“Play that funky music ’til you die,” the crowd sang along with him.

Vanilla Ice’s name trended on Twitter throughout Friday.

Rihanna Responds to Fans Demanding an Album in 2021

New year, new Rihanna album? Fans wasted no time asking when she shared some new photos and a New Year’s resolution on Instagram.

But nagging her for an update on what would be the singer’s ninth studio album didn’t get them very far.

“new year’s resolution: apply the pressure,” Rihanna captioned her first post of 2021, a set of snapshots of a fierce New Year’s pose.

“Resolution should be releasing the album,” one fan wrote about R9 in the comments — which didn’t seem to amuse Rihanna.

“this comment is sooo 2019. grow up,” Rihanna retorted. The superstar later added, “2021 energy.”

Stylist Jahleel Weaver sprinkled in a comment on the subject, too: “Speaking of pressure, it’s the album for me.”

“ph— u,” Rihanna quipped.

In the fall, she gave a little insight into her views on her next project, whenever that might be happening: “You do pop, you did this genre, you do that, you do radio, but now it’s just like, what makes me happy?” she said. “I just want to have fun with music. Everything is so heavy. The world that we live in is a lot. It’s overwhelming every single day. And with the music, I’m using that as my outlet.”

See her new photos and the Jan. 1 comment thread on Instagram.

Gwen Stefani Revisits Her Past in ‘Let Me Reintroduce Myself’ Music Video

Gwen Stefani is reminding everyone she’s “still the original old me” with her new music video for “Let Me Reintroduce Myself,” which makes its debut on New Year’s Day.

The fun clip, directed by Philip Andelman and released on Jan. 1, is set in 2020 but is also a throwback to some of Stefani’s most iconic looks from throughout her career.

Various past versions of Stefani bring her latest ska-influenced pop single to life, from classic No Doubt-era “Just a Girl” and “Don’t Speak” replicas to revisits to her standout solo moments.

The video mirrors the light and celebratory tone of the song itself, which gives a nod to “Hollaback Girl” in its first verse when Stefani gives listeners a wink with the line “I already gave you bananas.”

Watch the “Let Me Reintroduce Myself” video below.

Harry Styles Recruits Phoebe Waller-Bridge for Joyful ‘Treat People With Kindness’ Video: Watch

Harry Styles kicked off the new year by unveiling the music video for “Treat People With Kindness” on Friday (Jan. 1), co-starring none other than actress Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

In the visual, directed by Ben and Gabe Turner, the singer is transformed into a black-and-white, bandstand-style crooner, performing the Fine Line mission statement for a glittering ballroom full of revelers.

“I got a good feeling/ I’m just takin’ it all in/ Floating up and dreamin’/ Droppin’ into the deep end/ And if we’re here long enough/ They’ll sing a song for us/ And we’ll belong/ Maybe we can/ Find a place to feel good/ And we can treat people with kindness/ Find a place to feel good,” Styles sings in a sequined sport coat and bowtie, flanked by a quartet of back-up dancers as a tuxedoed Waller-Bridge makes her grand entrance into the room with martini in hand.

As the video reaches its giddy climax, Styles invites the Fleabag star on stage, where the pair break out into a jaunty dance number, removing their jackets to reveal matching argyle vests and high-waisted trousers.

“Treat People With Kindness” follows a parade of hit singles from the former One Direction-er’s sophomore solo effort, including “Lights Up,” “Adore You,” “Falling,” “Golden” and “Watermelon Sugar,” the latter of which earned the star the first Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 of his post-boy band career this summer.

Fine Line also earned Styles his first-ever trio of nominations at the upcoming 63rd annual Grammy Awards, including best pop vocal album, best pop solo performance (“Watermelon Sugar”) and best music video (“Adore You”).

Watch Styles and Waller-Bridge break out into dance in the “Treat People With Kindness” video below.

21 No. 21 Hits for ’21: Salt-N-Pepa, Willie Nelson, Aerosmith & More

Following New Year’s tradition, for 2021, let’s look at the 21 biggest hits ever to peak at No. 21 on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart.

The list below includes country, dance, pop, rap and rock classics, two tracks from Don Henley’s album The End of the Innocence, a revved-up TV theme and more, all of which hit No. 21 highs on the weekly Hot 100.

21 No. 21 Hits for ’21

Rank, Title, Artist, Peak Year
21, “Saturday Nite,” Earth, Wind & Fire, 1977
20, “Let Me Be Your Angel,” Stacy Lattisaw, 1980
19, “Fascinated,” Company B, 1987
18, “Winners and Losers,” Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds, 1976
17, “Native New Yorker,” Odyssey, 1978
16, “Theme From The Dukes of Hazzard (Good Ol’ Boys),” Waylon Jennings, 1980
15, “Strange but True,” Times Two, 1988
14, “The Last Worthless Evening,” Don Henley, 1989
13, “Black Superman – Muhammad Ali,” Johnny Wakelin & The Kinshasa Band, 1975
12, “Serious,” Donna Allen, 1987
11, “Last Child,” Aerosmith, 1976
10, “Fall for You,” Secondhand Serenade, 2008
9, “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain,” Willie Nelson, 1975
8, “For You,” The Outfield, 1991
7, “I Feel a Song (In My Heart)”/”Don’t Burn Down the Bridge,” Gladys Knight and The Pips, 1974
6, “The Heart of the Matter,” Don Henley, 1990
5, “And We Danced,” Hooters, 1985
4, “Talk to Me,” Chico DeBarge, 1987
3, “Tequila,” Dan + Shay, 2018
2, “Secrets,” OneRepublic, 2010

1, “Do You Want Me,” Salt-N-Pepa, 1991

Topping the tally, Salt-N-Pepa’s “Do You Want Me” reached No. 21 on the Hot 100 in June 1991. It became the act’s third top 40 hit in as many appearances, after “Push It” (No. 19, 1988) and “Expression” (No. 26, 1990). In November 1991, the hip-hop pioneers rose to a new No. 13 best with “Let’s Talk About Sex.” Salt-N-Pepa scored its two highest-charting Hot 100 hits in 1993-94: “Shoop” (No. 4) and “Whatta Man,” featuring En Vogue (No. 3).

(Additional honorary shoutouts to Adele’s 21, which ranks at No. 1 on the Greatest of All Time Billboard 200 albums chart recap; 50 Cent’s four-week 2003 Hot 100 No. 1 “21 Questions,” featuring Nate Dogg; and every charted hit by 21 Savage.)

Billboard’s 21 No. 21 Hits for ’21 recap is based on actual performance on the weekly Hot 100 chart. Songs are ranked based on an inverse point system, with weeks at No. 1 earning the greatest value. Due to changes in chart methodology over the years, eras are weighted to account for different chart turnover rates over various periods.

Cyndi Lauper Offers Optimistic Words During ‘New Year’s Rockin’ Eve’ Performance: ‘I Have Hope’

Cyndi Lauper hit the stage on Thursday night (Dec. 31) to perform not one, but two songs during Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.

Live from Times Square, the ’80s icon kicked off her performance by teaming up with Billy Porter, with the pair (who collaborated on the 2013 Broadway musical Kinky Boots) turning her classic 1986 No. 1 hit “True Colors” into an acoustic duet.

Next, the singer offered a short, optimistic speech to introduce her second number of the evening. “This has been a year of great loss,” she said. “But in my heart, I feel that if we stick together, we just stick together and help each other, we can make it through. I have hope.”

Wearing an all-white pantsuit, Lauper then bounced around the stage performing her latest EDM-inflected single, the appropriately-titled “Hope.”

“See me untethered/ See me now/ And see us together/ And hope is what you came for/ A drop in time we share/ Hope and don’t give up/ Don’t give up,” the singer crooned, dancing as a DJ hyped her up from behind a turntable.

Featured on the compilation album Japanese Single Collection — Greatest Hits, Lauper first unveiled the music video for the upbeat track back in 2017 before officially dropping “Hope” as a single in 2019. Just last month, the singer also performed the track during her 10th annual Home for the Holidays benefit, which went virtual this year due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Other performers during the televised New Year’s Eve countdown included Jennifer Lopez, Miley Cyrus, Brandy, Doja Cat, JP Saxe and Julia Michaels, En Vogue and more.

Watch Lauper’s hopeful speech to ring in the new year here.