James Corden, Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda sang and danced their way through 22 movie musicals in just under 12 minutes in one very entertaining segment on The Late Late Show Tuesday night (Dec. 18).
“Are we ready for this?” asked host Corden after inviting his guests onto the blue screen set. “Not at all,” Blunt replied, with Miranda asserting that he was “born ready.”
Donning top hats, sparkly vests and canes, the trio shrugged their shoulders in time with the the opening song from Cabaret: “Willkommen.” Blunt followed by crooning to “All That Jazz” from Chicago as Corden pretended to back her up with a piano, and then — letting a piece of hair fall into his face — Corden broke into “City of Stars” from La La Land as Blunt hung on the edge of his piano in a yellow dress.
Miranda then came out costumed like a golden candlestick, bursting into “Be Our Guest” from Beauty and the Beast as Corden put on a giant Cogsworth mask and handed Blunt (now taking on the role of Belle) various dishes.
The three took on top hats and swayed their arms to “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat” (Guys and Dolls), with Blunt then stepping onto a chair and having a podium pushed in front of her for “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina” (Evita). Miranda followed by reenacting the titular scene from “Singin’ in the Rain.”
Blunt followed by floating down from the clouds with an umbrella. “Anything is possible, even the impossible,” she said, dressed as the titular magical nanny from Mary Poppins, Miranda and Corden joining her for the film’s number. “James, it is so impressive you know that song. Mary Poppins Returns isn’t even out yet,” added Miranda as the sample concluded. “Well, when is it out, Lin?” asked The Late Late Show host, but Blunt cut off Miranda’s answer: “No, no, no, no, no, Lin. One never plugs one’s own film. I would’ve hoped I taught you better.” She nodded to Corden teasingly. “James, plug it, c’mon.”
The next scene saw Corden — dressed as Kermit the Frog and donning a banjo — breaking into “Rainbow Connection” from The Muppet Movie until he was interrupted by the actual Kermit the Frog: “Uh, James, that did not sound good.” The Muppet and Corden sung in unison, before being swept away by Blunt’s rich rendition of The Wizard of Oz classic, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” (Miranda stuck his head out of her basket as the dog, Toto.)
Corden jumped out to join the two (wearing a skirt and a wig) to jive to “You Can’t Stop the Beat” from Hairspray. The trio then threw on fuzzy white shawls to sing “Listen” from Dreamgirls, the camera next panning down to reveal Blunt (now sporting a curly red wig) and the boys washing the floor to “It’s a Hard Knock Life” from Annie. They turned their rags into head coverings, hanging laundry and chiming “Matchmaker, Matchmaker” from Fiddler on the Roof.
Corden and Blunt slowed it down, stepping close to each other and harmonizing to “It Takes Two” from Into the Woods, which they previously starred together in as The Baker and his wife, respectively. Miranda ran up behind Emily to hug her. “Lin-Manuel, what are you doing?” snapped Corden. “I can’t be in this one? I thought you were kidding?” Miranda complained, fiercely proclaiming, “I am not throwing away my shot,” and continuing to sing a few lines of “My Shot” from Hamilton until Corden interrupted: “If you really want to do this, you can be the woods.”
Miranda, next dressed as a Venus flytrap, joined the gang to break out in the titular track from “Little Shop of Horrors,” then marching to “One Day More” from Les Misérables. Corden and Blunt threw on wigs and took on “Your Song” from Moulin Rouge as Miranda comically spun a windmill behind them. Backed by a music store, Blunt floated out on a piano while Miranda donned a guitar as they went for “Falling Slowly” from Once.
Corden soon busted out in “Fame” from the musical of the same name, and putting on headbands, the three jog around the taxi prop. Blunt then proclaimed, “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend,” (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes) wearing a Marilyn Monroe-esque wig and fanning herself; the guys sported top hats at her sides. The crew was tossed feather boas for a final musical number, backed by a mountain-surrounded lake: “Dancing Queen” from the musical based on ABBA, Mama Mia.
Watch the performers take on some of film’s greatest showtunes below.