How could James Corden’s Crosswalk Theater troupe possibly up ante after Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne took the streets for The Lion King? The answer came Wednesday night on The Late Late Show, when Beauty and the Beast stars Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, and Josh Gad joined the late-night host on the Beverly Boulevard crosswalk for a tale as old as time.
The Crosswalk Theater sketches allow Corden to let loose as a domineering troupe leader, who prepares his actors for the dangers of dodging live traffic while performing on an actual crosswalk, challenging Evans to a physical match (a fight he quickly lost), and leading the troupe through warmups and trust exercises in the parking lot.
“After all that time on set, it’s going to be amazing performing in front of a live audience again,” Stevens said.
“To be invited by James to perform at the crosswalk outside of CBS, that’s what we call a dream come true,” Gad seconded.
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While Stevens, Evans, and Gad reprised their roles from the Disney live-action film, Corden took over for Emma Watson. “Daniel Day-Lewis played Abraham Lincoln, Meryl Streep played Margaret Thatcher, James Corden played Belle, and in many ways those three will always be regarded as similar, if not the same,” the host joked.
Pedestrians later gathered at the street corner to snap photos and record video of the troupe’s performance, as they sang “Beauty and the Beast,” “Be Our Guest,” the opening “Belle” song, and “Gaston.” Since, again, it was an actual crosswalk, they frantically bolted to the sidewalk as soon as the light changed.
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