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TikTok Made a Broadway ‘Ratatouille’ Musical Happen. Here’s How Twitter Reacted.

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TikTok really had its moment in 2020. We were all stuck in our homes, clicking through video after video just to laugh during that trash-heap of a year. Out of those many hours of collective time we all spent on TikTok, came something beautiful (besides all those takes on the “Four Seasons Total Landscaping” blunder): a Ratatouille musical.

As BuzzFeed reports, a Hartsdale, New York, woman Emily Jacobsen started singing a song about Remy, the Ratatouille rat.

“While cleaning up around the apartment, I started singing this little song to myself about the main character Remy…and as the day went on, I could not get it out of my head,” she told BuzzFeed. It went: “Reeeeeeemy the Ratatouille, the rat of all my dreams.”

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From there, things really took off. Basically, Jacobsen posted this video just to share a giggle with the internet. But she seemed to underestimate how hungry musical theater nerds, deprived of Broadway shows for several months, would be for a brand-new musical creation. Thus began the push to make Ratatouille: The TikTok Musical.

On the evening of January 1, 2021, the musical premiered TodayTix.com as a benefit concert for The Actors Fund, which is supporting actors who are not able to work during the global pandemic.

The full cast was: Wayne Brady (Django), Tituss Burgess (Remy), Kevin Chamberlin (Gusteau), Tony Award winner André De Shields (Ego), Andrew Barth Feldman (Linguini), Grammy Award nominee Adam Lambert (Emile), Tony winner Priscilla Lopez (Mabel), Tony nominee Ashley Park (Colette), Owen Tabaka (Young Ego), and three-time Tony nominee Mary Testa (Skinner). Cori Jaskier, Talia Suskauer, Nikisha Williams, JJ Niemann, John Michael Lyles, Raymond J. Lee, and Joy Woods were the ensemble.

The orchestra was The Broadway Sinfonietta, an ensemble of female BIPOC musicians.

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Here’s how Twitter reacted to the TikTok dream that came true:

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Thank you, 2020 (can’t believe I’m saying that) for manifesting this glorious moment on the first day of 2021.

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The 9 Best Sleep Apps For Your Most Restful Night Ever

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You need sleep. (Yeah, you already know that.) What isn’t always intuitive is how to get it. Between all of the stress the world has served up this past year and the temptation to doom scroll (a.k.a. nonstop surf the craziness your social feeds have to offer), we completely understand why you might be struggling to get your rest. One simple ritual that could help: using a sleep app.

Some of these digitally-available apps allow you to access meditation sessions or white noise recordings that you can play next to your pillow. Others monitor your sleep behaviors (like breathing and time spent tossing and turning) to help you make adjustments to your bedtime routine. “All of these apps have similar principles built into them,” says Rafael Pelayo, MD, professor at Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine and author of How to Sleep. At the end of the day, they’re designed to help you reach your sleep goals.

Pelayo’s pro tip for getting the most out of your app: Stick with it. After you’ve established your baseline (you do this the first time you use your app), use it enough times to identify trends in your sleep. (Note, if you find that your sleep declines, it might be worth checking in with a doctor.)

Pelayo notes that sleep apps can be “convenient, practical, and effective,” tools for getting a good night’s rest. Learn more about some of our favorites, below.

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Unplug Meditation

According to Pelayo, meditation apps help you fall asleep by making you feel safe and less alert to the happenings around you. Clicking into the Unplug app reveals a library of recorded meditations dedicated to upping your relaxation prior to sleep. Our recommendation: the 23 minute-long Meditation For Serious Sleep (that our tester swears she fell asleep to in under 10 minutes).

$12.99/month or $69.99/year; Mac App Store, Google Play

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Calm

This app does exactly what it says it does. It’s loaded with countless hours of meditations and soothing tracks that help you wind down and practice mindfulness. If meditation isn’t your thing, give the app’s Sleep Stories a listen. The collection includes bedtime stories read in relaxing tones by a roster of familiar celebrity voices (like Harry Styles, Mandy Moore, Idris Elba, and more).

Pelayo says many of his patients have found success with this app—and the next one—because of how accessible and easy-to-use it is.

$12.99/month or $69.99/year; Mac App Store, Google Play

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Headspace

Headspace had its cult-following way before it made its way to your Netflix watch list. The meditation app is easy-to-use, with a library divided by your meditation goals (e.g. concentration, balance, sleep). Our tester loved its sleep-specific meditations, as the recordings’ mix of soft narrations and ambient tracks never woke her after she’d fallen asleep—despite her being a light sleeper who is very sensitive to sound.

$12.99/month or $69.99/year; Mac App Store, Google Play

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Unwind

If you look to the great outdoors for a reset (*raises hand*), hit download on Unwind. The app helps facilitate sleep by bringing the sounds of nature to your bedroom. (Think: falling rain and crashing waves.) Flip through the app’s numerous meditations, sleep stories, and breathing techniques.
$59.99/year; Mac App Store

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Inscape

This app captures the relaxing effects of Inscape’s IRL meditation sessions into a gorgeous, easy-to-navigate app. Just position your phone next to your pillow and let the app’s tranquil tracks lull you to sleep.

$9.99/month; Mac App Store, Google Play

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White Noise

“The need for sleep is biological, but the way you sleep is learned,” says Pelayo, who explains that once you’re accustomed to the sounds of your bedroom, introducing a new, novel sound (like a car passing or a cell phone buzzing) can disrupt your slumber. White noise raises the level of background noise so that you’re less likely to notice out-of-place sounds.

This is exactly what the White Noise app does. It plays looped ambient sounds (like the crackling of a campfire and falling rain) to keep you asleep. Like multiple tracks? The app allows you to cut and combine them for the ultimate sleep experience.

Free; Mac App Store, Google Play

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Sleep Score

This hardworking app assesses how much quality sleep you’re getting à la its patented Sonar technology that utilizes your phone’s built-in microphone. It monitors your movements and breathing to grade you on how well you’re sleeping at every stage. It also gives you the tools to adjust your sleeping habits, providing you a library of soothing sounds and tips from sleep experts.

$7.99/month or $49.99/year; Mac App Store, Google Play

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Two New York Icons Join Forces: Barneys at Saks is Here

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Another day, another fashion drop we can’t stop thinking about. From Louis Vuitton’s new collection in partnership with artist Urs Fischer to Burberry’s latest capsule that dips into the brand’s rich archives, we rounded up the hottest collaborations of the month. Click through to stay up-to-date with the newest fashion announcements and more.

Barneys at Saks

Who: Barneys at Saks

What: Barneys debuts at Saks’ Fifth Avenue flagship

Where: Saks NYC’s flagship store and saksfifthavenue.com

Why: In a wild, wholesome turn of events, New York Icon Saks Fifth Avenue is joining forces with another New York Icon, Barneys. The latter shuttered earlier this year, but Saks welcomed them with an installation on their fifth floor. The pop-up will feature a curated set of emerging and established brands alike (what Barney’s was known for), including sixteen labels new to Saks.

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Louis Vuitton Twist Bags Starring Laura Harrier

Who: Louis Vuitton

What: Laura Harrier and the Louis Vuitton Twist Bag

Where: In Louis Vuitton stores and on louisvuitton.com

Why: Louis Vuitton brings a fresh “twist” to their now-iconic Twist bag for spring 2021. The easy-to-carry bag now comes with sporty straps and leather lace detailing, and in new colorways from deep fucshia to rich tan, giving it a fresh update for the upcoming season. Louis Vuitton has chosen actress, activist, and house ambassador Laura Harrier as the face of this newest drop.

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Gucci and Doraemon

Who: Gucci

What: Gucci celebrates Lunar New Year with Doraemon

Where: Gucci.com and stores nationwide

Why: If you are still vying for a piece from Gucci’s sold-out collaboration with The North Face, the brand’s newest collection might tide you over until you own a hyped-up puffer. Launching today is the Italian fashion house’s partnership with manga sensation Doraemon, in observance of Lunar New Year. The animated pop icon is splashed over bags, sneakers, and notably, the GG motif.

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MATCHESFASHION Wardrobe Foundations

Who: MATCHESFASHION

What: MATCHESFASHION “Wardrobe Foundations”

Where: Exclusively on MATCHESFASHION.com

Why: MATCHESFASHION is starting 2021 with the launch of their new category “Wardrobe Foundations.” The online retailer is focusing on the 12 core pieces that make up the modern wardrobe for both men and women, launching with 250 items across 60 of their core brands. The category will be updated continually to reflect new deliveries with a wide range of price points to appeal to any of Matches’ shoppers.

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Dior Caro Bag

Who: Dior

What: The Dior Caro Bag

Where: Available now on Dior.com

Why: Dior’s latest handbag offering is the Caro, inspired by the brand’s iconic Cannage pattern. The bag uses over 18,000 individual stitches to create the pattern and includes the signature CD gold clasp. It comes in a variety of colors and two sizes, and includes a handy shoulder strap for hand-free use.

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Burberry Future Archive Capsule

Who: Burberry

What: Burberry Future Archive Capsule Collection

Where: Available exclusively at Burberry’s Chicago store and on Burberry.com January 11th

Why: Burberry is launching an incredibly limited collection of outerwear with a contemporary take on their archives. Field jackets, bomber jackets, and diamond-quilted coats are reimagined and fused with iconic Burberry trench coat elements. Each piece is being produced selectively and is labeled out of 150, making every item truly special.

Louis Vuitton x Urs Fischer

Who: Louis Vuitton x Urs Fischer

What: Urs Fischer Capsule Collection

Where: Available at LV stores internationally and on louisvuitton.com

Why: Louis Vuitton continues their streak of artist collaborations with Swiss-born artist Urs Fischer. Fischer is known for his playful and irreverent artwork, and in this capsule he reimagines the LV Monogram in his own quirky handwriting. The velvet pattern jumps off the ready-to-wear, bags, and accessories, mixing heritage with the whimsy Fischer brings to all his endeavors.

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Guess Originals x NIKI ‘Moonchild’ Capsule

Who: Guess Originals x NIKI

What: ‘Moonchild’ Limited Edition Capsule

Where: Available on Guess.com

Why: Guess Originals has teamed up with Indonesian breakout artist NIKI for this nine-piece capsule, which complements her debut album ‘Moonchild.’ Pieces include sweatshirts, joggers, and biker shorts with lunar-themed decals. Pieces range from $29-89.

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Canada Goose Standard Expedition Parka

Who: Canada Goose

What: Standard Expedition Parka

Where: Available at Canada Goose stores internationally and on canadagoose.com

Why: Canada Goose is continuing their sustainability efforts with the Standard Expedition parka, made from entirely recycled materials without comprising the performance that they are known for. The “greige” color comes from limited dye use during production, and the creation of the jacket uses 35% less carbon and 60% less water than the brand’s classic parkas. A chic way to stay warm and keep the planet cold!

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Emma Corrin of ‘The Crown’ Stars in Miu Miu’s Spring Campaign

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With a new year comes fresh opportunities for innovative fashion, stunning visuals, and new levels of star power. The spring-summer 2021 campaigns have arrived, placing Kate Moss near a glowing Eiffel Tower for Messika Paris, and the likes of Hailey Bieber and Kendall Jenner in an underwater escape for Versace. Plus, Prada is exploring technology’s impact on fashion with its latest visionary output from Miuccia Prada and Raf Simmons. In 2021, the sky is the limit.

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