Ahead of the release of her upcoming album, “Sweetener,” the singer visited “The Late Late Show with James Corden” on Monday night to show off her musical theater chops (Reminder: she did start her career with the Broadway show “13”) and share the stage with the late-night host.
In just one take, the duo performed 13 songs in front of nine different sets inspired by the ill-fated sea voyage and the 1997 movie that followed, kicking it off with a rendition of “Come Sail Away” by Styx, as they board the ship.
Grande, naturally, plays the role of the “rich girl” Rose (yes, Hall & Oates get the cover treatment here), while Corden stars as Jack — and, much like his big-screen counterpart, he can’t fit on that infamous door.
Songs by Lady Gaga, One Direction, Pitbull, *NSYNC and Nelly (yes, the two perform “Ride with Me” while recreating the movie’s steamy sex scene) all pop up in the nearly six-minute sketch. Nothing, however, compares to Grande bringing down the house (and the ship?) with “My Heart Will Go On.”
We already knew she could do a mean Celine Dion impression, but ... damn.
Corden is also set to release a much anticipated “Carpool Karaoke” segment with the singer, who apparently injured herself during its filming.