Last week, “Late Late Show” host James Corden’s “Beauty and the Beast” struck viral video gold. The performance was the latest installment in his popular Crosswalk Theater Company sketch series. Stars from Disney’s blockbuster live-action version of the movie, including Josh Gad, Luke Evans and Dan Stevens, helped Corden bring a live performance to an unlikely location: a Los Angeles crosswalk.
In just under 10 minutes, Corden and his merry players performed a condensed version of “Beauty and the Beast,” with Corden playing the lovely Belle. At each red light, the enthusiastic theater company ran out into the crosswalk to perform fully choreographed numbers such as “Belle,” “Gaston,” “Be Our Guest” and “Beauty and the Beast.”
From LeFou To Lumiere
Gad, who played Gaston’s sidekick LeFou in the movie, had the chance to also play Lumiere in this abridged version of the story. Gad joked to the camera about his new role. “Who wants to do it in front of millions of people in a film when you can do it in front of a half dozen Lyft and Uber drivers here?”
Most drivers waiting at the red light of the intersection weren’t sure what to make of the show. Watching their reactions is half the fun of the video.
You have to see the performance to believe it. Even if you’re not a Disney fan, you’ll likely get a good laugh from this one.
James Corden Showcases His Love For Theater
It’s no big secret “Late Late Show” host James Corden loves musical theater. After all, he hosted the Tony Awards in 2016. He even produced a Broadway Carpool Karaoke sketch with some of today’s hottest theater stars, including Lin Manuel Miranda of “Hamilton.”