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Lin-Manuel Miranda and Emily Blunt Perform 22 Famous Musical Numbers in 12 Minutes

Lin-Manuel Miranda and Emily Blunt Perform 22 Famous Musical Numbers in 12 Minutes

It’s Mary Poppins Returns week, and Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda – the stars of the larger-than-life movie sequel – are making the press rounds, merrily popping into early morning and late night talk shows to promote the film, which opens in theaters nationwide today. This, of course, included a stop at The Late Late Show With James Corden; Corden is a friend of Blunt’s who played her husband in the big-screen Into the Woods, and he’s also a devoted musical fan. With the musically inclined Blunt and Miranda on-hand, the trio performed a cabaret-style mash-up of 22 famous movie musical numbers in just 12 minutes, complete with an array of costumes, props, and laughs.

The whole video is a real treasure trove for musical fans. The performance includes a lot of contemporary favorites, like “City of Stars” from La La Land and “Falling Slowly” from Once, coupled with a number of old staples, from Cabarets‘ “Willkommen” to Guys & Dolls‘ “Sit Down You’re Rocking the Boat” to Gentlemen Prefer Blondes‘ “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend.”

Our favorite has to be either Lin-Manuel stepping into Gene Kelly’s shoes for the iconic title track from “Singin’ in the Rain,” or him popping up again as the Toto to Emily Blunt’s Dorothy in “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” from The Wizard of Oz.

Things also get a bit meta when the trio perform “Trip a Little Light Fantastic” from Mary Poppins Returns, and again when Blunt and Corden reprise “It Takes Two” from Into the Woods, which Miranda tries to infiltrate. (He even manages to sneak in a Hamilton reference.)

The full 12-minute video is just as delightful as the film it’s promoting, adding a little extra light to the world when we needed it most.

Image: CBS

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