Watch Stephen Colbert and J.J. Abrams Take 'Late Show' Audience to Broadway Play

The impromptu excursion on 'The Late Show' was to Abrams' first theatrical project, 'The Play That Goes Wrong.'
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Those familiar with J.J. Abrams' film and television oeuvre will know to expect a few plot twists whenever the producer-showrunner-director gets involved. And so it should come as no surprise that when Abrams appeared as a guest on The Late Show on Wednesday night, he had a surprise in store: tickets for the audience to see the new play he had produced on Broadway, The Play That Goes Wrong.

Abrams said on The Late Show that he first saw the play in London, where he has shot parts of the Star Wars franchise. "I went and saw this play and I had never laughed as hard ever," Abrams said. He met with the producers after and discussed bringing the play to the U.S.

During his appearance on The Late Show, Abrams asked Colbert if he wanted to see the play after the show and told him to bring "as many people as you want." Colbert then invited the entire audience and he and Abrams led them on a walk to the Lyceum Theater on 45th St., which the show's crew captured on camera. 

Earlier in his interview with Colbert, Abrams revealed that before his first reboot of the Star Wars franchise, The Force Awakens, arrived in theaters, he called Colbert and asked, "Can I come to your office and drink?" The two did, indeed, meet and discuss Star Wars over two glasses of Jameson whiskey. Colbert has spoken numerous times on the show about his love of the franchise set in a galaxy far, far away.

When Colbert asked about the ninth installment of the Star Wars franchise, Abrams remained mum about most details, but said it was notable that he had a script while the movie was shooting in July. "Having the script in advance is something I haven't always been lucky enough to have," Abrams said.

Watch the march down Broadway below.

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