Mary Poppins Returns, the much-anticipated Disney sequel, is in theaters today, which means stars Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda have been busy all week making the promotional rounds. The duo headed to The Late Late Show on Tuesday night, and rather than simply talk about the movie, they decided to recreate it... along with nearly two-dozen other movie musicals that included a slew of fantasy titles. In just 12 minutes.
Host James Corden, himself a musical talent from both stage and screen, invited Blunt and Miranda to conduct a quick-change performance with him, and it's among the most ambitious things Corden's ever done on his show. With the help of a large number of wigs, costumes, and props, the trio ran through 22 different movie musicals — and there was plenty of room for genre musicals.
Mary Poppins Returns was in there, of course, but Kermit the Frog later made a cameo for The Muppet Movie, Miranda became Lumiere for Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors got a shout-out, and Blunt and Corden even got to reprise their respective roles from Into the Woods, however briefly.
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Mary Poppins Returns is riding a wave of great buzz heading into its long opening weekend, including positive reviews and lots of awards attention for Blunt, Miranda, and the film overall. Both stars received Golden Globe nominations for their work in the film, Blunt got a Screen Actors Guild nod, and the film has already been shortlisted for Oscars categories including Best Visual Effects and Best Original Song without any mention yet of the major categories. Blunt and Miranda have good reason to have a little fun on late-night TV.
Mary Poppins Returns, directed by Rob Marshall, is in theaters now.