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Lin-Manuel Miranda and Emily Blunt joined James Corden in re-creating 22 musicals in 12 minutes on Tuesday’s episode of The Late Late Show.
“We’ll be doing a ‘role call’ celebrating some of the greatest movie musicals of all time as fast as we can in one take,” explained the host, who wore a top hat and a red sequined vest. He then welcomed Miranda and Blunt, who wore similar outfits, to the stage.
The sketch opened with the trio performing “Willkommen” from Cabaret. Corden began the song as Blunt and Miranda moved their shoulders along to the beat. Each performer got a chance to sing a solo before moving onto the next song.
Blunt then began a rendition of “All That Jazz” from Chicago. “Come on babe/ Why don’t we paint the town/ And all that jazz,” she sang as she leaned against a piano that Corden played.
The actress disappeared offstage and quickly returned in a yellow dress to perform La La Land‘s “City of Stars” with Corden. “City of stars/ Are you shining just for me?” sang Corden as he hunched over a piano. Blunt played with a long extension in his hair and hugged him as the backdrop changed from the interior of a house to a star-filled sky.
Miranda returned to the sketch to perform “Be Our Guest” from Beauty and the Beast. Dressed as the candle Lumiere, Miranda sang as the other performers set a table behind him.
The performances continued with “Sit Down, You’re Rocking the Boat” from Guys and Dolls, “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina” from Evita and the titular song from Sing’ in the Rain.
Clad in a black coat, red gloves, a top hat and an umbrella, Blunt channeled Mary Poppins as she floated down from the sky. “Anything is possible, even the impossible,” declared the Mary Poppins Returns star. Corden and Miranda then met Blunt onstage to perform the song “Trip a Little Light Fantastic.” Miranda took the lead in the performance, though Blunt and Corden showed off choreographed dance moves as they sang along to parts of the chorus.
Corden returned to the stage dressed as Kermit the Frog to perform “The Rainbow Connection” from The Muppets Movie. While the host strummed a banjo, the real Kermit the Frog appeared behind him. “James, that did not sound good,” he said. “It was really bad.” To improve the performance, the frog agreed to sing the song with Corden.
The backdrop transitioned to a black-and-white farm as Blunt, who wore a plaid dress and long blonde wig, sang “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” from The Wizard of Oz. Miranda played the main character’s dog, Toto, in the performance.
“Hey there, Baltimore. Don’t change that channel. It’s time for The Corny Collins Show,” announced Miranda as the two transitioned to a performance of “You Can’t Stop the Beat” from Hairspray. Corden, dressed as Tracy Turnblad, jumped onstage to join in on the song.
The performances continued with “Listen” from Dreamgirls, “It’s a Hard Knock Life” from Annie and “Matchmaker” from Fiddler on the Roof.
Blunt and Corden then reprised their roles from Into the Woods to sing “It Takes Two.” As the two embraced, Miranda quickly swooped in and distracted Blunt from the host. “Lin-Manuel, what are you doing? We talked about this,” said Corden.
Miranda responded, “I really can’t do this one? I love Into the Woods. I thought you were kidding.”
“It’s literally us in the movie,” explained Corden. “The song is called ‘It Takes Two.’ One. Two. So sorry, you’re gonna have to sit this one out.”
The Hamilton creator responded by shouting the lyrics to “My Shot.”
The medley of performances continued with renditions of the intro to Little Shop of Horrors, “One Day More” from Les Miserables, “Your Song” from Moulin Rogue, “Falling Slowly” from Once and the title song from Fame.
Blunt later took on Marilyn Monroe’s role in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes to sing “Diamond’s Are a Girl’s Best Friend.” To get into character, she wore a large blonde wig and long pink dress.
For the final song, Blunt traded in her wig for a feather boa to perform “Dancing Queen” from Mamma Mia! The lightly choreographed number showed Blunt, Miranda and Corden letting loose as they sang the ABBA hit.
Watch the full performance below.
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