“Trump” and “Hillary” were passionately singing their hearts out to help the fight to end breast cancer. Such a noble cause is certainly bipartisan, so both presidential candidates got lampooned with musical numbers at this year’s Les Girls 16, a fabulous fundraising cabaret show. It was a wild night of Broadway tunes and pop songs from an all-star cast to support the National Breast Cancer Coalition Fund (NBCC) and its goal of a 2020 deadline for finding a cure.
Richard Kind (Gotham) sported an orange/blondish comb-over wig and took on the persona of Donald Trump as he sang Sondheim’s Follies anthem for survivors “I’m Still Here,” with special satirical lyrics. When Kind belted out the line “I left my party in flames, but I’m here,” the audience of NBCC supporters were roaring.
There was a parody of Hillary Clinton too, with Lea Thompson (of Back to the Future fame) in the obligatory pants suit singing “Maybe This Time,” mocking Hillary’s ambition and previous attempts at running for president.
The rest of the wickedly fun night at the Avalon Hollywood was very non-political, with lots of stars and chorus girls kicking up their heels to kick breast cancer. For 16 years now, Les Girls has featured talented musical stars who are best known for their TV credits.
Super-cool Steven Weber channeled his inner 007 and showed off his powerful voice doing the song “Thunderball,” as Bond babes danced all around him. Weber is currently playing Mayor Hamilton on NCIS: New Orleans. Taking a page from Hamilton on Broadway was Barrett Foa (tech-wiz cutie on NCIS:LA) doing an entertaining rap number paying tribute to great musical theater composers. It was clever and charming just like Barrett. Both Weber and Foa are longtime supporters of the cause and praise the work done by the dynamo behind the NBCC, Fran Visco.
Ari Graynor (Bad Teacher) was the lovely host who introduced NBCC president Fran Visco, a breast cancer survivor and the strong woman who has made her mark by fighting the disease and helping others. It was impressive to hear that Visco has secured $3 billion in federal funds for breast cancer research over 25 years. “We challenge business as usual and continue our call to action for policymakers, researchers, and advocates,” Visco said.
Sharon Lawrence (NYPD Blue) led the event’s pledge drive, and another amazing lady, Courtney Hollander was honored with the Les Girls Advocacy Award. During her heartfelt speech talking about wanting answers when she was diagnosed with DCIS, a ductal cancer, Hollander said, “I never thought I would be here but I have found that we must all be advocates.” Courtney’s husband, David Hollander is the Emmy-nominated showrunner for Ray Donovan, a show about tough guys—and some pretty tough women. Inspired by his wife, David introduced a cancer storyline for Abby, which makes her a more powerful character on Ray Donovan.
With iS Clinical by Innovative Skincare as the Title Sponsor of Les Girls 16, the show was a celebration for these women and many more in the audience who have had their own personal experience with cancer. All were ready to enjoy a night of the cheeky cabaret performances with stars Rachel Bloom (My Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), Joey McIntyre (New Kids on the Block), Keesha Sharp (Lethal Weapon), Beth Grant (The Mindy Project), Krysta Rodriguez (My Bakery in Brooklyn), Colt Prattes (Dirty Dancing), a duet with Suzy Nakamura (Dr. Ken) and Justin Michael Wilcox (Billy Elliott); also dueting Merle Dandridge (The Night Shift) and Peter Porte (Baby Daddy), plus Melissa Peterman (Baby Daddy) and Drew Droege (Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse), and more.
Jon Huertas (Castle) and Seamus Dever (Castle) wowed the crowd launching the night with a foot-stomping “Uptown Funk” number. They were hot and ready to strut their sexy stuff to help the National Breast Cancer Coalition Fund’s Breast Cancer Deadline 2020. Support for a great cause never looked so good!