The stars aligned at the Avalon in Hollywood Monday night, with a bevy of song and dance numbers at the 14th annual Les Girls cabaret fundraiser for the National Breast Cancer Coalition Fund’s Deadline 2020. As guests perused auction items, including Broadway ticket packages to exclusive sports meet-and-greets to a near life-size photo of Liza Minnelli, the stars gabbed about what makes the event so special.
“It’s a very good cause and it’s also a wonderful evening!” exclaimed Loretta Devine. “You get a chance to be a little raunchy and do things you don’t normally get to do.”
Among the many celeb performers for the evening breaking out of their typical on-screen personas: “Scandal” star Bellamy Young heated things up, performing “Arthur in the Afternoon,” with a dance accompaniment that would surely fluster President Grant.
“Castle” actors Seamus Dever and Jon Huertas took a classic yet humorous approach to their duet, “Agony” from Stephen Sondheim’s “Into the Woods,” complete with princely costumes. “Where do two detectives go when they’re looking for love? They run to the forest,” joked Jason Ritter introducing the duo.
“It’s been a while since we’ve sung a duet and that’s sort of our thing,” said Dever on the carpet. “We’ve been rehearsing in our trailer for like a month,” he laughed.
“It’s about bringing attention to a cause but not beating someone over the head with it,” the actor said of why stars like to take part in the cabaret. “It’s doing it in a lighthearted way that hopefully will open up some checkbooks for some people to be very generous.”
For the past 14 years the event has sought to truly entertain at the event, in addition to raising funds for the Coalition’s goal of stomping out breast cancer entirely by the year 2020, and has steadily gained support in the Hollywood community. Auction donors and sponsors for the evening this year included Showtime Networks, Gersh Agency, WME, “Modern Family’s” Chris Lloyd, Chuck Lorre, Comcast and NBCUniversal, and many more.
All who attended the event agreed that it is very easy to say yes to participating. Peri Gilpin, Alexis Carra and other stars shared personal stories of loved ones affected by the disease and why they were inspired to “sing and dance and make fools of themselves,” as host Allison Janney said.
“Sometimes it’s all that you really can do,” said Gilpin, who has been with the event since the start, “and my mom loved singing and dancing so it’s a great way to think about her, too.”
(Pictured: Chris Holly and Bellamy Young perform at Les Girls)