Neil Patrick Harris Challenges Host To Broadway Sing-Off Turning Into Epic Battle Gone Viral
Marilyn Caylor 1/9/2019
When actor Neil Patrick Harris was invited to appear on The Late Late Show with James Corden, he didn't exactly play nice, or even fair, with his ever so polite TV host. The star of A Series of Unfortunate Events rudely interrupted James by sauntering onto the stage in the middle of one of his funny monologues. Neil told the comedian with deadpan seriousness that they had a "score to settle."
When two celebrities come together to butt heads over how many awards they've won, there's bound to be a lot of cheeky jabs at each other's worthiness. In this case, Neil was all riled up about the Tonys. Both men had hosted and even won a Tony awards, but Neil was up in arms about who was more "Broadway" on this TV stage.
Even though it wasn't quite time for the talk segment of his show, James took a cue from the cheering audience and graciously let the serious-looking actor have his say.
"Your silly jokes can wait Corden, we have a score to settle and it's about... Broadway. I see you going around, hosting the Tonys, acting like you're the only TV star who can sing Broadway show tunes. Some of us, dude, have actually won a Tony."
In 2014 Neil won a Tony for his starring role in the revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and scoffed when James informed him that he, too, had won the same illustrious award.
Fed up with the actor's dismissive attitude towards him, James asked him what he wanted to do about it. After Neil exclaimed, "Uh, you know what I want James Corden," the late night TV host finally had his "aha" moment.
Reading between the lines, James told the audience that what Neil actually wanted was a Broadway musical riff-off! After the challenge was accepted, the a cappella group, The Filharmonic, joined the two boys in a fierce battle of celebrity temper tantrums.
James immediately took the lead with the Guys & Dolls classic "Sit Down, You're Rockin' the Boat," which was message that Neil didn't have to read between the lines to understand. When the actor blasted back with Gypsy's "Everything's Coming Up Roses," the two were still tied for first place.
Next up was the battle of "heartbreaking" ballads, with Neil belting out "Being Alive" from Company, and while James was very much in his competitor's face with "On My Own" from Les Miserables.
Of course, the ultimate test of Broadway manhood was being sexy. Although James gave it his best, Neil pulled a fast one and sang a familiar tune from the musical that earned him a Tony! In the end, the boys settled the matter as only two Broadway stars can, by coming together with a triumphant duet from Hamilton.
It's a Broadway showdown that's one for the books!