James Corden recruited Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne for a crosswalk musical version of The Lion King, as part of his latest installment of “Crosswalk the Musical.”
Armed with two of Hollywood’s most acclaimed stars, Corden and his team of singing and dancing pros rehearsed a few songs before performing at the intersection of Genesee and Beverly in Hollywood.
“Theater is my passion. That’s where my career began. It’s my heart and soul,” Byrne said enthusiastically. While Rogen sang a different tune, “Somebody’s going to get killed doing this and then they’ll be like, ‘Why did we do that?'”
Corden assigned Byrne two key roles, Timon and Nala. Rogen was granted the role of scenery. “Trees, birds, rocks, stuff like that,” the host described.
The rules of the musical were simple, learn your lines, pay attention and be sure to run back to safety after each song to avoid being struck by a car.
“The stakes are higher,” Byrne said. “The thrill of live theater, and the thrill of death.”
Watch the video below.