Before the 2016 Primetime Emmys began on Sunday, young actors Caleb McLaughlin, Millie Bobby Brown and Gaten Matarazzo took to the stage to step in for Bruno Mars, performing Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk,” THR reports. Judging by how many attendees were on their feet for the performance, it’s safe to say the kids were a hit.
All three actors have previously showcased their musical talents. Brown uploaded a video of herself singing John Lennon’s “Imagine,” McLaughlin began his career by playing Simba in the Broadway version of “The Lion King,” and Matarazzo has performed on Brodway in both “Priscilla Queen of the Desert” and “Les Misérables.”
“Stranger Things” stars Winona Ryder as the mother of a boy who disappears in Indiana in the 1980s. The eight-hour series pays homage to Stephen King, Guillermo del Toro and Steven Spielberg by combining supernatural elements with creepy, frightening storytelling.
The show was created by Matt and Ross Duffer, aka the Duffer Brothers, who previously co-directed the 2015 horror-thriller “Hidden.” The pair have attracted praise for many stylistic elements of the series, including the soundtrack, which includes classic hits like Jefferson Airplane’s “White Rabbit,” David Bowie’s “Heroes,” and Toto’s “Africa.”
To see a clip of the McLaughlin, Brown and Matarazzo during their untelevised performance at the Emmys, check out the video below.
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