Merging Whitney Houston and Adele with Shakespeare.
Emily Blunt and James Corden have been singing together since that drunken moment at “a pretentious British polo match,” and they later played husband and wife in the movie musical Into the Woods. Now that Corden is the host of The Late Late Show, they’re still keeping the music alive.
Their latest rendition is a fast-paced version of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet set to a soundtrack of modern songs. Beginning with Whitney Houston’s “I Want to Dance With Somebody” and Bruno Mars’s “Just the Way You Are,” Blunt continued with Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream” and Adele’s “Hello” in acting out the story of these star-crossed lovers.
As with Corden’s soundtrack to a rom-com with Anne Hathaway, the bit was performed in one take as the pair rushed through several different sets.
Blunt popped up on EW’s latest cover this week as a reminder that she’ll once again put those pipes to good use in the Mary Poppins movie sequel, Mary Poppins Returns. Corden, as it happens, also played the practically perfect nanny in the illustrious Crosswalk Theater troupe.
“The question is, who makes a more iconic Mary Poppins when you see what it could’ve been,” the late-night host joked as he showed a photo of himself in costume for the sketch.
“Safe to say, there are gonna need to be some reshoots, I think,” Blunt agreed. “This is the new look.”
Watch their modern Romeo and Juliet in the clip above.