Go see a show for?
Tell the truth, you go to see those beautiful dames."
GIRLS! GIRLS! GIRLS!
Often, one Ms. Fanservice is not enough. So, a show may fill itself to the brim with sexy young ladies in Stripperiffic costumes. Having a chorus of showgirls dance with plenty of wiggles and high kicks helps keep the men in the audience entertained.
This was fairly common in earlier musicals, back in the days when the target audience member was the proverbial "tired businessman" (nowdays, he would go to a strip club). Thus the horror whenever someone in Jeeves and Wooster set their sights on "a chorus girl".
Compare the Jiggle Show (the women are actually the stars of the show, rather than decoration).
- A popular subject in Henri De Toulouse-Lautrec's paintings.
- Miss Kitty musical number "Let Me Be Good to You" from The Great Mouse Detective feature two backup dancers. They are Kitty's twin-sister with a Beauty Mark.
- The "Paris Holds The Key" number in Don Bluth's Anastasia features French Chorus Girls who Squee!, bare their shoulders, and ruffle their skirts to make Henri De Toulouse-Lautrec proud.
- Done in a Gender Swap in the film Cats Don't Dance when Darla Dimple summons a flock of Chorus Men in her song Big And Loud.
- La Cage Aux Folles has Chorus Girls who are mostly transvestites.
- As does The Film of The Musical of The Film, The Birdcage.
- Used in The Producers, where the flamboyant stage director takes the World War II drama Springtime for Hitler and turns it into a musical, complete with goose-stepping chorus girls.
- Busby Berkeley Numbers in many old Warner Brothers movie musicals used lots (and I mean lots) of Chorus Girls, often lookalikes of star Ruby Keeler. The title number of Dames (quoted above) is not only performed by Chorus Girls but sung in praise of them.
- The Sharpettes in High School Musical 2.
- The USO showgirls during the "Star-Spangled Man" musical sequence in Captain America: The First Avenger. Since Cap's suit is based on the US flag, the girls wear skimpy flag-based dresses.
- French Cancan. In particular, the climactic performance that ends the movie. Differs from the Sinatra/MacLaine CAN-CAN and the Moulin Rouge! movies in that we see the long (and grueling!) process necessary to learn this high-energy dance.
- Chicago: the number "All I Care About" uses the trope. Also "Cell Block Tango", with added raunch.
- Moulin Rouge! features a wide variety of can-can girls across its numbers.
- In Stonewall 1995 the Stonewall patrons form a kickline and chant taunts at the police.
- Angel. In "The House Always Wins", Lorne is working as a singer in Las Vegas, backed by a bevy of 'Lornettes' played by actual Vegas chorus girls who worked out their own performance for the act.
- Doctor Who:
- "Daleks in Manhattan" features a group of them, but it's not that revealing.
- The Colonel's flashback in "The Unicorn and the Wasp" shows him looking at Genteel Interbellum Setting erotica and going into a flashback-within-a-flashback of some cancan dancers, while claiming he was reading military memoirs and reminiscing about the Boer War. This time, it actually is pretty revealing.
The Doctor: Colonel, snap out of it!... No, no, right out of it!
- When Have I Got News for You moved to BBC1, they opened their first episode by promising the show wouldn't change. This was followed by a line of chorus girls kicking their way across the set to burlesque music. (On the "Very Best of HIGNFY" DVD commentary, Paul Merton calls this "a poor idea, badly executed." Ian Hislop: "I'm glad it's in, then.")
- The Juggy dancers from The Man Show. "And now, girls jumping on trampolines!"
- An episode of Suite Life On Deck fetures chorus girls including the two female leads, London and Bailey dressing up and joining them.
- Appeared on Top Gear to welcome Richard Hammond back to the show. He found them more embarrassing than titillating, which was of course the entire point.
- Bollywood. Period.
- Fetchez la Can-Can dancers! Also the Laker Girls(a parody of the Los Angeles Lakers' cheerleader squad), the Grail Girls, and the Camp Gay male chorus during Lancelot's coming out ceremony.
- The Bird Girls from Seussical the Musical.
- Chicago has this in various places. Billy Flynn is surrounded by them when he sings "All I Care About Is Love". Roxie, conversely, summons up a flock of handsome 'boys' to accompany her for "Roxie".
- The musical adaptation of Li'l Abner couldn't get away with not using them, since they were in the comic strip as well.
- Of Thee I Sing has the candidates for First Lady of the United States parading about the Atlantic City boardwalk in bathing suits. The press corps takes careful aim with their cameras at the girls' knee dimples.
- The Hot Box Dolls in Guys and Dolls.
- The Merry Widow has six named ones: Lolo, Dodo, Jou-Jou, Frou-Frou, Clo-Clo and Margot.
- Banana Shpeel, Cirque du Soleil's Genre Throwback to Vaudeville, had plenty of these.
- In its time, Oklahoma!! was notable for not bringing on Chorus Girls for Fanservice, instead keeping the female ensemble modestly dressed. That is, until the Dream Ballet brought into action a few gaudy dancing girls like those featured in Jud's magazines.
- Discussed in Carousel. Sometime after the Time Skip, Carrie reports that her husband took her to an "extravaganza" while in New York, but the sight of "twelve hussies with nothin' on their legs but tights" offended his puritanical sensibilities so much that he immediately hustled her out of the theatre. She went back, though.
- "A Whole Lotta Locomotion" from the second U.S. tour of Starlight Express, to the horror of the long-term fans.
- Kiss Me Kate.
- The backing dancers during 'Fat Bottomed Girls' in We Will Rock You
- The Fandango girls in Paint Your Wagon, who are outnumbered four to one by the men.
- The first act of Modern Luv, whose dancers also include a Camp Gay male. Averted in the second act, where they wear modest Amish outfits.
- The Chameleon Girls in Flashdance: The Musical.
- Secondhand Lions: The Musical has the Bollywood-influenced Oujda harem girls during flashback scenes.
- Fiorello! brings on a batch of chorus girls to tap-dance to "Gentleman Jimmy." (The Real Life Jimmy Walker was famous for having affairs with chorus girls.)
- In the stage adaptation of The Little Mermaid, the dancing "sea creatures" during "Under the Sea" have showgirl-style costumes.
- In Peter And The Starcatcher, the second act opens with the mermaids' Vaudeville-style song-and-dance number, which often parodies this trope.
- Parodied in Sam & Max: Freelance Police musical number "The War Song", as Agent Superball dances in various Busby formations. His kicks aren't that high, but what do you expect in a standard black suit?
- Elise the Spider Queen from League of Legends has the Can-Can for her /dance emote. She even does it in a chorus line with her spiderling minions when she transforms into her giant spider form.
- In general, Doofenshmirtz's songs in Phineas and Ferb (and not only in Doof song) tend to have a large number of sexy backup singers wearing sexy outfits relevant to the song.