Oh, to be a driver on Beverly Boulevard and Genesee Avenue in Los Angeles when James Corden’s Crosswalk Theatre Company takes to the streets! Especially when they are putting on a production of the tale as old as time itself, Beauty and the Beast, with special guests Dan Stevens, Josh Gad, and Luke Evans!
Watch the video below to see the illustrious troupe from The Late Late Show with James Corden perform “Belle,” “Gaston,” “Be Our Guest,” and “Beauty and the Beast,” on the streets of Los Angeles (namely, the crosswalk outside CBS Studios).
We can’t get over every time each song is interrupted by the shouting of “Cars!” and the reactions of the people in their cars, which range from “slightly annoyed” to “delighted but confused.” The staging is very inventive too, particularly during “Be Our Guest”—that swiveling chair was absolutely genius!
It was surely an invigorating experience for Stevens, Gad, and Evans, who hilariously had to audition for the roles they play in the film. Here are some choice quotes from the first-time performers after it was all said and done:
“Interestingly enough, I didn’t get to play this part in the movie and I’m actually kind of glad, because who wants to do it in front millions of people in a film, when you can do it in front of half a dozen Lyft and Uber drivers, here.” – Josh Gad, on playing Lumiere for this very special production
“That was incredible. That was the most invigorating thing I’ve ever done. I crossed that road, and on the other side was everything I love about theatre. And a gas station.” – Dan Stevens
“That was tough, because you want to be welcoming, you know? You want to say ‘Be our guest,’ but at the same time, you kind of want to say ‘Stay there! Don’t run me over!’” – Josh Gad
Josh Gad also shared this pretty perfect image on Twitter, with Luke Evans calling it the “weirdest album cover ever”:
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) March 16, 2017
We think this was a very joyful and fitting tribute to Beauty and the Beast, which, by the way, is out in theatres tomorrow!