James Corden returned to his theatrical roots during the final night of “The Late Late Show’s” London residency when he and Golden Globe-winning actress Emily Blunt delivered a fabulous musical tribute to William Shakespeare’s renowned romantic tragedy, “Romeo and Juliet.” The dazzling pair conveyed the doomed set of star-crossed lovers’ story via “14 songs, on seven sets, in one take.” Our grade: Absolutely brilliant!
Blunt (as Juliet) kicks things off at a masked ball with a spirited snippet of Whitney Houston’s smash hit, “I Wanna Dance with Somebody.” Enter Corden as Romeo, piping in Bruno Mars’ Grammy-winning ballad “Just the Way You Are.” Then we find the lovers on a garden bench, singing Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream” and Blunt scurries away to a balcony to sing Adele’s “Hello” as Corden emerges from a door below to sing Lionel Richie’s ruminating ballad of the same name.
The hits just keep streaming across the six-minute-plus mini-play and Tony Award-winning Corden and his on-stage lady love never break pace, tone of the story, or musical key. This one is sure to go down in the history of James Corden’s growing list of unforgettable late night sketches as one of the best!
In fact, fans and critics can probably agree the charming and cheeky British host’s unbridled love of music is one of his most endearing and entertaining qualities. He can sing just about anything – with a wild amount of passion and enthusiasm. His Carpool Karaoke segments have become a pop culture phenomenon and multiple music heavyweights have shared a musical ride with him.
British pop superstar Ed Sheeran made his Carpool Karaoke debut on the first night of the London “Late Late Show” week. And, former One-Direction-member-turned-solo-superstar Harry Styles closed out Corden’s spectacular hometown tribute week with a magnetic rooftop performance of “Two Ghosts” with the London skyline stretching behind him.
You can check out the entire, swoon-worthy “Romeo and Juliet” soundtrack performance in the attached video. Stay tuned to AXS for James Corden and “The Late Late Show” updates.