James Corden’s ‘Crosswalk the Musical’ is the spiritual successor to ‘Guffman’
If you enjoy musical theater or have ever been in a local theater production, there’s no better movie than Waiting for Guffman, a 1996 mockumentary by Christopher Guest that showcases the journey of a local theater production that wants to be bigger than it really is.
James Corden, host of CBS’ Late Late Show, has taken on the mantle of the spiritual successor of that film, via his “Crosswalk the Musical” segments. The videos showcase Corden as the leader of a local theater group that puts on musicals in the middle of a Los Angeles crosswalk. They only have 30 seconds or so to run out, perform the number, then run back to the sidewalk before the traffic starts again.
It’s brilliant comedy – the first one they did was Grease (they’ve also done Phantom of the Opera), and last night Corden was back doing The Lion King, but this time with special guests Rose Byrne and Seth Rogan.
Corden is also the host of this year’s Tony Awards, so between a possibility of a Crosswalk version of Hamilton or a Carpool Karaoke segment with Lin-Manuel Miranda, it will become a must-watch night on Sunday, June 12.