In any other city it'd be just another bump-and-grind show lit by grimy neon, a night at the Bada Bing lounge. Only in Hollywood can cheesecake be transformed into angel food, an agent's A-list dream.
The Pussycat Dolls, L.A.'s hottest cabaret ticket of the year, has been packing in big spenders at the Roxy on the Sunset Strip on Thursdays: Leo DiCaprio
, Tobey Maguire, Heather Graham, Justin Timberlake
Then there are the ladies. The no-touching-allowed lineup—20 dancers thrusting their pelvises in trashy-chic corsets and fishnets for 60 slick minutes—has so far included guest vamps Charlize Theron
, Gwen Stefani
, Christina Aguilera
and Brittany Murphy. Christina Applegate
emcees, and the principal dancer is Dennis Rodman's ex, Carmen Electra
So what are relatively nice girls like these doing in a place like this—and for free?
"It's shockingly sexy and creative," Stefani says of the show, which involves no actual nudity. Plus, "it's frickin' fun."
Robin Antin, 33, a well-known video choreographer who first developed the revue (which resumes, after a break, in the fall) at Johnny Depp
's Viper Room, gets the allure: "Inside every woman," she says, "is a pussycat doll."