James Corden is back on his home shores and singing up a traffic-stopping storm in the latest edition of “Crosswalk the Musical.”
As Corden points out, there are two major events exciting the British public this summer: One was the royal wedding and the other was his production of Andrew Lloyd Webber-hit musicals at a London crosswalk that went down on Monday night’s episode of The Late Late Show.
With such a vast repertoire of classic A.L.W. musicals to choose from, Corden was spoiled for choice as he put together a show he described as “a cornucopia of songs from the legend.” Initially, the host encountered some problems in rehearsals when Webber (or Lloyd Andrew Lord Webber as Corden repeatedly calls him), thinking the production needed some youth and energy, invited the cast of his School of Rock musical to come by to liven up proceedings. Unimpressed with their contribution, Corden blamed “attitude problems” and dismissed them to “go back to school or wherever it is…probably home schooled.”
But you know what they say, “bad rehearsal, good performance.” So after having the cast chase a huge ball of yarn around and practice literally crying for Argentina, it was off to the crosswalk. First up, having cast himself in every lead role, Corden donned a blonde wig and evening gown to play Evita, while Webber took a seat on a makeshift throne which is really a mechanical crane to best enjoy the performance.
Next up was Cats, which was all going to plan until a pedestrian walks by with a dog. Eek! Luckily, the cast got it together to perform for a bemused taxi driver. Then it was time for Phantom of the Opera, but there was panic when Corden realized he was Christine-less so had to call in Josh Gad (billed as “Star of Crosswalk The Musical: Beauty and the Beast,” nevermind Frozen or The Book of Mormon) to help out in the opulent production at the crosswalk, complete with dancing women dressed as gold candelabras.
For the grande finale, Corden in the role of Joseph from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, sang and danced to the Any Dream Will Do reprise brandishing rainbow-colored expanding arms.
Watch the clip above.