What do Bridgerton and Pixar’s Ratatouille have in common? More than you would think. Both onscreen hits have been transformed by the online community on TikTok, who have been inspired to create musical events out of both the movie and the Netflix series. While Ratatouille: The Musical hit the app in December, over a decade after it premiered in 2007, Bridgerton: The Musical is taking off on TikTok less than a month after it first hit Netflix.
The phenomenon has spread across the platform in recent weeks, but before it morphed into a collective project, the Bridgerton musical was dreamed up by songwriter Abigial Barlow, who was inspired to turn her new favorite show into a musical theater masterpiece.
“When I binged Bridgerton, it was just immediate to me that it belonged on the stage,” Barlow told Playbill. “[Sir Henry Granville] says, ‘You have no idea what it’s like to be in a room with someone you can’t live without and feel like you’re oceans away from them,’ and I was like ‘That’s a song!’ So I went to my piano and made a TikTok, and it happened to resonate with everyone.”
Curious to learn more about the Bridgerton musical on TikTok? Here’s everything you need to know.
IS BRIDGERTON A MUSICAL?
While Bridgerton isn’t an official musical production, it has inspired its own musical take on TikTok, where Brigderton: The Musical has taken off in the past couple of weeks. Barlow’s writing partner, Emily Bear, told Playbill that the songwriting duo wanted to put a fresh take on the musical just as the series did on Netflix. “We wanted to do what Bridgerton did, which is take this 1800s period piece and infuse it with modern elements,” Bear told the outlet. “We know all of the Top 40 songs, we grew up with musical theatre, and with Abigail’s pop sensibilities and my classical style, we really complement each other. That’s what Bridgerton did so well on screen and we want to translate that.”
Not long after Barlow and Bear wrote the original song “Burn For You,” it made the rounds in the musical corners of TikTok, where performers like Nick Daly took notice and recorded their own versions. “I am a big Bridgerton fan, so when Abigail Barlow’s original TikTok showed up on my For You Page, I was absolutely enamored with it—especially when she introduced Emily Bear as her writing partner! Emily is just a musical beast!” Daly told Playbill.
BRIDGERTON: THE MUSICAL: WHAT SONGS ARE IN THE BRIDGERTON MUSICAL?
TikTok’s Bridgerton musical features Barlow and Bear’s “Burn For You,” a duet for Daphne Bridgerton and Simon Basset, the Duke of Hastings, plus other tracks from the songwriters like “Balancing the Scales,” a song performed by Daphne, Lady Violet Bridgerton, and Lady Danbury, and “If I Were A Man” for Eloise. For more songs from the Bridgerton musical, follow Barlow on TikTok at @abigailbarlowww.
WHAT DO BRIDGERTON STARS THINK OF THE BRIDGERTON TIKTOK MUSICAL?
Word of the Bridgerton musical traveled fast, and even reached the official Netflix social media accounts. The Netflix Twitter praised Barlow and Daily’s performance of “Burn For You,” writing, “Absolutely blown away by the Bridgerton musical playing out on TikTok,” and giving the two a “standing ovation.”
But the stars of Bridgerton are fans too, with Jonathan Bailey (Anthony Bridgerton), Phoebe Dynevor (Daphe Bridgerton), and Nichola Coughlan (Penelope Featherington) all sharing their love for the musical, per Marie Claire. “Bridgerton” author Julia Quinn has praised the musical take on her books, and Chris Van Dusen, Bridgerton showrunner, chimed in on Twitter. “The #Bridgerton musical is blowing. My. Mind,” he wrote.
With theater still shut down during the pandemic, it’s unlikely we’ll be seeing Bridgerton: The Musical hit the stage any time soon. But in the meantime, you can listen to plenty of Bridgerton inspired music on TikTok under the hashtag #BridgertonMusical, or return to the show on Netflix, where it’s currently streaming.
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