Rather than hand out awards—aka the usual fundraising technique to get butts in seats—Oceana’s Keith Addis enlisted Seth MacFarlane and an enormous, talented orchestra to put on a concert at The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. There was a lot to celebrate yesterday, as Shell USA announced that it had stopped offshore drilling off Alaska’s Arctic shores that morning.
“Ever notice that only people who look good with their shirts off want to save the ocean?” Seth MacFarlane joked about Oceana founder Ted Danson and his wife, Mary Steenburgen, before an impressive line-up of talent stepped out in front of the 50-member orchestra. Everyone from Dwight Yoakam to Katharine McPhee to Amanda Seyfried to Ke$ha to Rebekah Del Rio to Kristen Bell sang for the cause. Bell even pulled out the big guns with “Do You Want To Build A Snowman?” The tune she sings in the film Frozen (as if you didn’t know).
Sharon Lawrence, Liz Gillies, and MacFarlane also displayed their singing ability, but it was Mary Steenburgen who stole everyone’s heart with a song she’d written for Danson (who, in a rare instance, had to miss an Oceana event. He was in New York at the Clinton Global Initiative). Steenburgen sang her fabulous ditty “I Choose You,” and at one point she even began playing the accordion with the orchestra. “What an awesomely random skill,” MacFarlane marveled after she walked offstage with the instrument. “Juliette Binoche will be out here with a trombone, next.”