James Corden Channels Disney Magic In ‘Beauty And The Beast’ Crosswalk Video

Last week, “Late Late Show” host James Corden’s “Beauty and the Beast” struck viral video gold. The performance was the latest installment in his popular Crosswalk Theater Company sketch series. Stars from Disney’s blockbuster live-action version of the movie, including Josh Gad, Luke Evans and Dan Stevens, helped Corden bring a live performance to an unlikely location: a Los Angeles crosswalk.

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In just under 10 minutes, Corden and his merry players performed a condensed version of “Beauty and the Beast,” with Corden playing the lovely Belle. At each red light, the enthusiastic theater company ran out into the crosswalk to perform fully choreographed numbers such as “Belle,” “Gaston,” “Be Our Guest” and “Beauty and the Beast.”

From LeFou To Lumiere

Gad, who played Gaston’s sidekick LeFou in the movie, had the chance to also play Lumiere in this abridged version of the story. Gad joked to the camera about his new role. “Who wants to do it in front of millions of people in a film when you can do it in front of a half dozen Lyft and Uber drivers here?”

Most drivers waiting at the red light of the intersection weren’t sure what to make of the show. Watching their reactions is half the fun of the video.

You have to see the performance to believe it. Even if you’re not a Disney fan, you’ll likely get a good laugh from this one.

James Corden Showcases His Love For Theater

It’s no big secret “Late Late Show” host James Corden loves musical theater. After all, he hosted the Tony Awards in 2016. He even produced a Broadway Carpool Karaoke sketch with some of today’s hottest theater stars, including Lin Manuel Miranda of “Hamilton.”

Also, “Beauty and the Beast” is just Corden’s latest Crosswalk Theater Company production. In the past, he has produced versions of “Grease,” “The Lion King” and “The Phantom of the Opera.”

Watch This Amazing Wedding Proposal During Live Performance Of ‘Beauty And The Beast’

Attention, Disney fans! You have to see this fairy tale of a proposal.

Brenden McNeil made the bold choice to propose to his girlfriend Kaley McLean in public. (Public proposals take guts!)

But McNeil did not just propose in public. He proposed on stage. In the middle of a performance. Yep, that’s pretty bold.

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You see, Kaley is a huge “Beauty and The Beast” fan. So, when she was cast as Belle in the Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center’s production of the Disney musical, it was pretty much a dream come true.

That’s when Brenden got a great idea: Why not add to the excitement and magic of her final performance by proposing to Kaley during the last song of a sold-out performance?

So Brenden got to work. Without telling his girlfriend what he was planning, he worked with members of the crew to rehearse his part in the play and to be fitted for the Prince’s costume.

When the final song began on the last night’s performance, imagine Kaley’s surprise when her boyfriend came out on stage instead of her co-star. Then and there, in front of the packed audience, he got down on one knee and popped the question.

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Keilan McNeil/YouTube

And, she said yes! They then completed the song and walked off stage together to thundering applause.

It was such a moving performance that Kaley’s good friend and costume designer David McCarthy asked if he could design and direct an engagement shoot for them. Of course, they quickly agreed, and the photos are positively stunning. (Note: Make friends with talented people. They come in handy.)

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Can’t get enough “Beauty and The Beast”? Not to worry. The live-action movie starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens of “Downton Abbey” fame comes out in just two months. Check out the awesome trailer:




 

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