We joke at the Ministry that the holiday season has only one true manifestation in Hollywood: When Starbucks cups turn from white to red.
But a better indicator is “Trevor Live,” the annual holiday musical variety show that benefits the suicide-prevention and crisis-intervention efforts made by LGBTQ youth organization the Trevor Project.
Director Adam Shankman trotted out film and television stars — once again at the Hollywood Palladium — to show off their musical talents and honor Katy Perry, who was receiving the Trevor Hero award, and title sponsor Audi.
In lieu of a conventional host, the event stuck with tradition and called upon funny lady Amy Poehler to narrate the show as “the voice of God,” interjecting commentary and bestowing her blessings on presenters including Zoe Saldana, Justin Bartha, Zachary Quinto and “Modern Family” star Sarah Hyland.
Saldana, stunning in a deconstructed pink cocktail dress, was left wanting by the “Parks and Recreation” deity.
“God was supposed to introduce me as her favorite ‘blatino,’” Zoe said, referring to her ethnic makeup.
“There are so many blatinos,” Poehler boomed from offstage. “God isn’t ready to choose a favorite yet."
Broadway was in the house courtesy of “The New Normal” dandy Andrew Rannels, who belted “I Am What I Am” from the musical “La Cage aux Folles.”
“Glee” actress Naya Rivera offered some seasonal cheer with a take on “Silent Night” while actress Anna Kendrick threw a curve ball and dueted with Kristin Chenoweth on a track from “Wicked,” bringing several audience members to tears.
Poehler kept things light, occasionally relying on “Parks” costar Aubrey Plaza to play her counterpart, “the devil.”
“Throw all of your plates at ... Justin Bartha! And then let’s burn the Palladium to the ground!” Plaza cracked.
Perry, ethereal in a flesh-tone gown covered with rhinestones (obviously), accepted her award with a message for the kids.
“I hope all LGBTQ youth know that they are as valuable as anyone else, that they are amazing and unique, and make the world a more vibrant place,” she said.
Additional performers included Matthew Morrison, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Barret Foa, Betty Buckleyand Ryan Teddar.
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