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Summer Vamp

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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 (twice).

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.”