Last night on The Late Late Show, James Corden gave us another installment of his “Inappropriate Musicals” series, in which he stages scenes from musicals based on unexpected movies. This time he was joined by guests Martin Short and Will Arnett, and the movies they chose to give the musical treatment were such classics as Goodfellas and Gladiator, as well as modern classic The Revenant. All three gritty, violent films just begging to be set to show tunes, wouldn’t you agree? Good. Glad we’re all on the same page here.
The excerpt from the Goodfellas musical features a flashier version of Joe Pesci’s famous “I’m funny how? I mean funny like I’m a clown, I amuse you?” scene, with the kind of talky singing that’s fun at first but gets kind of tedious after a while, if you know what I mean. In other words, it’s perfect. Next up is The Revenant, in which Leo’s fight with the bear is more of a dance rumble in the style of West Side Story. Then it turns out that (twist!) Leo and the bear are actually in love. Things end with an upbeat performance of “Are You Not Entertained?” from Gladiator. (I mean, come on, that was just begging for a song.)
I’m not kidding when I say these should all be produced on Broadway immediately. You’ve seen how many unlikely movies get turned into musicals these days. Who’s to say these movies can’t have their moment in the spotlight too? Then after they have a sold-out run and win a bunch of Tonys, they can be turned into movie musicals, as is the Hollywood way. Then the next thing you know, they’ll be put on by every high school in America. I truly believe in James Corden’s vision.