Missing “Ratatouille the Musical”? Here are Some Other Theatre-related TikToks to Follow!
If you’re like me, chances are that you’re missing the days of the Ratatouille musical and are itching for a new theatre-related TikTok world to lose yourself in. I’ve compiled a list of some of my current favorite creators, ranging from hilarious impressions to very relatable shade. Take a look and let me know in the comments which ones I’ve missed!
Bridgerton the Musical - @bridgertonmusical
I’m starting the list with one you’ve likely already heard of because if somehow you haven’t you need to start HERE. Created by Abigail Barlow (@abigailbarlowww) and Emily Bear (@mlebear), Bridgerton the Musical follows the new tradition established by Ratatouille the Musical of turning a piece of pop culture into a musical, one song at a time. Bridgerton the Musical is, you guessed it, based on Shonda Rhime’s hit new Netflix series “Bridgerton”. Barlow and Bear even have a website where they’ve uploaded some full-length demos, barlowandbear.com.
Jonathan Hoover - @inappropriatepatti
New York based actor Jonathan Hoover has an absolutely stunning Patti LuPone impression that has me absolutely cackling every time he comes across my feed. His impressions really put into perspective just how, well, unique Queen Patti’s performance style really is. The videos are so impressive they were even mentioned in Glen Weldon’s NPR podcast, Pop Culture Happy Hour. I mean, Billy Eichner follows him, so…
Lewis Brown - @lewbearbrown
Lewis Brown caught my attention back around the holidays with his POV videos of an overly experimental choreographer incorporating Christmas themes into their dances. I think we’ve all worked with THAT choreographer before, the one who creates dances around hysterically incohesive narratives that no one would ever guess? Since then he’s gone on to create more series such as “ur ballet teacher just downloaded TikTok” and “ur at the audition in 2030 for TIK TOK: the Musical”.
Lisa Pedace - @lisapedace
Lisa Pedace is an American actor and comedian who seems to be one of those people that the TikTok short and sweet format was really made for. Her characters vary: a WASP-y woman ordering at a restaurant, a WASP-y woman going house hunting, a WASP-y woman refusing to wear a mask in various public spaces – she’s really found her niche.
Molly Hagerty - @thoroughlymodernmolly
Do you remember THAT girl in your high school drama club? The one who thought she was so much better than everyone else and needed to remind you of that, constantly? Well, so does Molly Hagerty! Get ready to be transported to your high school days and be subtly bullied by a blonde girl in what you thought was a safe space.
Davis McIntire - @davismcintire
Davis McIntire rose to TikTok fame with his character Dixie Jewell, a stereotypical Southern mom who wears pearls and giant sunhats everywhere, but by the time he made his way onto my feed he had debuted my personal favorite character, Dixie’s sister Edwina, a heavyset woman with a penchant for oversharing and long tangents. His portrayals are hysterical and full of heart, just like Edwina’s bottomless purse.
Marina Magnelli - @marinamagnelli
Marina’s feed has a lot of crowd appeal – she worked at Walt Disney World, she did community theatre for years, and she got her BFA from NYU, the latter of which means she has some PHENOMENAL commentary on how frustratingly misogynistic actor training programs can be. If you’ve come out of an acting program or even just had a director who pushed too far over your emotional boundaries in the name of “art”, her content will be right up your alley.
Karen - @karenvirtualvocalcoach
Karen. She teaches the “one voice” vocal technique. She will demonstrate for you! Recently she’s been posting sessions with Kimilee Bryant, former Christine and Carlotta from Phantom of the Opera. It took me a few videos to figure it out, but this is a satire account of virtual vocal coaching… I’m pretty sure.
Hayley Hirsch - @hayleyhirsch
Amongst Hayley’s many characters, including “that woman who gives unwarranted dog advice” and “an old school psychic”, lies my personal favorite, Joan the College Theatre Professor. An old school hippie who never wears shoes and is always squatting, Joan perfectly captures the energy of that feminist art professor who’s obsessed with the pelvis and seems to exist in her own reality. Her “Joan reacts to” videos make me feel especially warm and fuzzy, but honestly every single one is a gem in its own right. If you make art, Joan will love it.