On Wednesday’s edition of “The Late, Late Show with James Corden,” the leading men of “Beauty and the Beast” joined the host for a low-budget version of this $140 million movie musical. While Dan Stevens (the Beast), Luke Evans (Gaston) and Josh Gad (LeFou) recreated their roles, Belle player Emma Watson was unable to be there, leaving it to James Corden to don wig and do the part.
The four fellows met up at Television City in Los Angeles and performed a medley of the tuner’s most memorable songs. Rather than take to the stage, this quartet and a chorus made merry in the crosswalk at the busy intersection of Beverly and Genesee. Previous musicals that have been presented thus include “Grease, “The Lion King” and “Phantom of the Opera.”
The live-action version of Disney’s animated classic is racking up record pre-sales prior to its opening on Friday (March 17), says Fandango. The ticketing service reported on Wednesday that “Beauty and the Beast” has outsold last year’s biggest hit, “Finding Dory” as well as one of the other hottest titles: “Captain America: Civil War.” Oscar-winner Bill Condon (“Gods and Monsters”) helms this retelling of the 1991 original that was the first animated film to be nominated for Best Picture.
While the box office is sure to be boffo when the film comes out, the early reviews are less promising. The critics have weighed in with their thoughts and are all over the map as to the merits of this remake. To date, the movie scores 74 at Rotten Tomatoes and 64 at MetaCritic.