Ever since it was announced that James Corden would be hosting this year’s Tony Awards, it seemed inconceivable that he wouldn’t do a Carpool Karaoke with Hamilton maestro Lin-Manuel Miranda. That dream became a reality on Monday night, as Corden finally released his “Broadway” edition of Carpool Karaoke ahead of the Tonys this Sunday.
The video began in one of the worst spots to possibly drive: the clogged streets of uptown Manhattan. Luckily for Corden, he had the joyful Miranda in the car with him, ostensibly to show him how to get to the Tonys. Before they even began singing, Miranda was making specific Hamilton lyric references (“I’m at your service, sir”). They first launched into Hamilton‘s opening number before reveling in the rapid-fire rapping of “Guns and Ships,” usually delivered at near-incomprehensible speed by Daveed Diggs’ Marquis de Lafayette.
The car ride then became a real car pool, as Corden and Miranda picked up fellow Broadway luminaries Audra McDonald, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and Jane Krakowski. Corden immediately hit play on “Seasons of Love” from Rent, causing everyone in the car to beautiful sigh “awww”: “The most Broadway response to hearing an opening chord,” Corden noted.
In between songs, Corden asked his crew for advice about hosting the Tonys. Ferguson and McDonald assured him that people just want to have fun, and it makes a delightful audience to perform for. All the stars seemed at ease; earlier, Miranda had said that becuase Hamilton didn’t need awards to make its name as much as his first musical, In the Heights, had, he wasn’t so nervous this time around.
Next up on the playlist was the upbeat “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” from the Jersey Boys soundtrack. To finish off, Corden noted that he couldn’t let this crew of Broadway legends go without playing one song in particular: “One Day More,” from Les Miserables. The stars all went-all out for this iconic showsstopper, each taking a turn at the helm before finishing with a next-level high note from McDonald.
Watch the full clip below.