Musician and leader of the Late Late Show band, Jim Sheridan, has produced an impressive Les Miserables duet between Russell Crowe and Jeff Leyton.
Crowe famously played Javert in the 2012 big screen version of Les Miserables and Leyton is a musical theatre star, who has played Valjean on stage over 3,600 times, by far the most of any actor.
The two actors performing together is really something special.
Amazing! I sent @RealJeffLeyton a track I was messing around with and he can back with a cracking vocal.. I sent that to @russellcrowe for the craic saying "I'd pay good money to see him and Jeff sing together".— Jim Sheridan (@Jim_Sheridan) July 30, 2020
WELL, Russell has just recorded the Javier part and it's incredible pic.twitter.com/mXsGLMofa6
It all began with Sheridan sending Leyton a recording of him playing a song from the musical, with Leyton then adding his vocals to it. After a like on Twitter from Crowe, it reached a big audience.
Sheridan then sent the work to Crowe, who he had previously played with on The Late Late Show, and the rest is history.
Sheridan said he loves the videos "pure raw talent" from both artists and the "no frills, one take straight down the lens" approach.
"When you have the acting and singing chops a performance can become spine tingling," he added.
The last few months have been tough on not just me but every musician and actor BUT being involved in this "virtual collaboration" has given me such a lift. All of us in LOCKDOWN, Jeff in Germany, Russell in Australia and me in Ireland working together for the sheer love of music https://t.co/Qk0n3fRUL9— Jim Sheridan (@Jim_Sheridan) July 30, 2020