James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke Goes Broadway With Lin-Manuel Miranda, Audra McDonald And Others

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They have been teasing it all week and last night (June 6) we were finally given a look at what has surely become THE Carpool Karaoke to top… The special Tony Award/Broadway edition.

In preparation for his hosting duties at this year’s Tony Awards (held this coming Sunday June 12), James Corden roped in some special Broadway friends. Starting off with the Tony-winning creator and star of the how-many-body-organs-do-I-need-to-sell-to-get-a-ticket Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda, the duo took to the New York City streets accompanied to, what else but the opening track for Hamilton. And I have to say, Corden can certainly hold his own in the song. I was mightily impressed.

Stopping off to make one more pick up, the duo were joined by six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald (currently in Shuffle Along), Fully Committed’s Jesse Tyler Ferguson and She Loves Me’s Jane Krakowski, and what better to get the party started than Rent’s timeless classic, “Seasons of Love”. I just love their reaction to hearing the song’s opening chords… that’s me and my friends!

This was followed up by Jersey Boys’ “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” and ending with one almighty Broadway epic (hint, it’s from Les Mis). I defy anyone not to join in for the sing-along.

From start to finish this was pure perfection, and I think we can all agree with Ferguson and Krakowski that “there’s nothing like live theatre”. Have we gotten a taste of what we can expect come Sunday night? Here’s hoping.

The 70th Annual Tony Awards air live from the Beacon Theater on CBS Sunday June 12 at 8/7c.

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Clare Sidoti is 4 Your Excitement's Editor-at-Large. Clare has a BA (Theatre and Film Studies) from the University of New South Wales, Australia and an MA Theory and Practice of Human Rights from the University of Essex, UK. She currently works for an NGO that runs human rights training in the Asia Pacific region. You can find her on twitter with her eclectic musings on the arts, entertainment and human rights. Some of her favourite topics to cover include Darren Criss, Chris Colfer, Glee and Star Wars.
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