Last night in Los Angeles the stars of Broadway, TV, music, and even the movies to support The Trevor Project in their annual Trevor Live charity event. Hosted by Amy Poehler, acting as the “Voice of God” (with Parks and Rec co-star Aubrey Plaza guesting as the “Voice of the Devil.”) throughout the night, appearances from the stars of stage and screen were intermixed with tales from volunteers and recipients of Trevor’s life-saving work, as well as honoring singer Katy Perry’s contributions to the community.
Broadway star turned TV star Andrew Rannells opened the night with a stunning performance of “I Am What I Am” from La Cage aux Folles, introduced by his on-screen fiance Justin Bartha. Groups of TV coworkers were prevalent all night long — the formidable number of Glee stars in attendance were spread out across several tables, with Kevin McHale, Jenna Ushkawitz and Samuel Larson sharing one just a few away from where Darren Criss sat with soon-to-be co-star Jessica Sanchez, as well as American Horror Story’s Zachary Quinto. Jane Lynch playfully announced that she’s “a carpet muncher” while introducing “painfully straight” co-star Matt Morrison who sang a medley of Elton John songs.
Other performances included Kristin Chenoweth (introduced by a gushing Chris Colfer) singing “Vanilla Ice Cream” before being joined by Pitch Perfect star Anna Kendrick for a moving performance of Wicked’s “For Good.” Kendrick really held her own with the Broadway vet. Modern Family’s Jesse Tyler Ferguson comically performed “(Not) Getting Married Today” with the help of Laura Benanti and Barrett Foa.
The main event of the night was honoring Katy Perry, who was given first a music introduction by Darren Criss, who performed a stripped down version of “Part of Me,” then by the night’s director, a swooning Adam Shankman. Perry took the stage to accept, emphasizing that she herself overcame a restrictive upbringing to understand equality and acceptance of the gay community. “I believe in change – it’s not about judging, it’s about educating,” she said, outlining her mantra of, “Be yourself, and you can be anything.” As American Idol runner-up Jessica Sanchez sang “And I Am Telling You” (her second song of the evening) and the room began to clear, Perry said behind offering hugs and photos to anyone in the room who approached her.
We’ve collected some fan generated videos of the event last night to tide you over until The Trevor Project releases their professional ones.
Jesse Tyler Ferguson sings “(Not) Getting Married Today”
Kristin Chenoweth and Anna Kendrick sing “For Good”