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Con 2013 Lucy Lawless Convention Report
Well, let’s just start with Lucy, shall we?
Lucy is always the last guest—I mean how do you top having the woman
who brought Xena to life come out and say howdy to us? (Actually we
did experience that one year—Lucy had to be there on Saturday rather
than Sunday. And it truly was anti-climatic, at least for me. It was
like, “Hey, ‘Xena’s’ already been here—how come we’re still here?”)
Every con I’ve been to I’ve noticed that when Lucy is coming up
next, there is a palpable rising anticipation in the hall. People
show excitement in their faces and in their posture. A lot of people
suddenly arrive even though something else was on and they hadn’t
come to the hall for that. There is a longer than usual line in the
bathroom of people rushing to get in and out before Lucy beats them
into the hall.
As the break time after the last event gets close to ending and the
start time for Lucy’s time approaches, people walk into the hall
fast and quick check the stage. Other people gather at the door and
peek in. When they see the stage is still empty, they turn back to
their friends and excitedly chat and laugh. Many of them re-gather
restlessly in the hallway outside the theater, chattering and
giggling with friends. Some pace along alone, absorbed in their
interior thoughts and apparently just not able to stand still or
come in and sit still as they wait because Lucy is coming, the woman
who brought Xena the Warrior Princess to life is going to be
standing on the stage in front of them any minute now. A lot of
helpless, delighted grins flash out and stay goofily on people’s
faces as they wait for Lucy to appear.
Con 2013 Hudson Leick Convention Report
YOUNG’UN WARNING. THERE ARE SOME
“NAUGHTY” AND POTENTIALLY OFFENSIVE WORDS IN THIS REPORT. FROM
HUDSON’S MOUTH TO GOD’S EAR SHALL WE SAY? I SHALL CLEVERLY DISQUISE
THEM BY PUTTING A STAR WHERE A LETTER SHOULD BE, BUT I SUSPECT JUST
ABOUT ALL OF YOU WILL KNOW THE WORDS HUDSON ACTUALLY SAID.
I’m sure there are many pictures of the “New Hudson” out there. But
what a surprise it was to see her suddenly transformed self in
person. And when I say “transformed” I don’t mean just physically.
Her now sporting a brown mohawk hairdo instead of her usual blond
locks might easily have been an appropriate and easy, "go on, work
it girl" look for her usual stage persona.
At cons, Hudson has always played a close to psychopathic wild and
crazy grrl. Her performances always included lots of sexual
innuendo, lots of acting out her mastery of us, knowing that we’ll
accept anything she throws out there. And be not just accepting of
it, but happy to take it in and enjoy it.
The Cabaret - Music by Steven Sears
Steven Sears attended the 2013 Xena Convention and he sang
at the Cabaret. He performed one of my all time
favourite songs, Hallelujah, in addition to other songs.
Unfortunately we don't have footage but Steven has
kindly allowed me to host the mp3 files of his rehearsal
(click on each to play)
Many thanks to Steven for the use of
the mp3 files! Have fun listening. My favourite, as
always, is Hallelujah.