A Lucy Lawless
Musical Theatre Subsite - GREASE!
Report by Mike (Sal_Fan)
Greetings, fellow Xenites, HerKuleans, and various other ancient
Greek groupies. Here I am, on the road again, in NYC, with
fellow HardCore Nutballs, taking a few quiet moments to try to
understand why anyone in his sane mind would travel all across
the country to see our favorite Warrior Princess. Well, since
I'm not sane, the question really doesn't apply to me<G>. So,
instead, let me tell you about SAL_FAN's soujourn into the City.
I arrived at the Marriott Marquis in midtown Manhattan on the
afternoon of Monday, Sep
1. Soon thereafter, my roommates, CarlD and Wendy, arrived. We
shared some Xenabilia, then met in the lobby to go out to
dinner. There we met with Brette, Rachelle, Mistopholees,
Marsha, Becki, and Mainlander, We had an enjoyable dinner.
Right across the street from the restaurant was a poster of Lucy
dressed as Rizzo. We took a bunch of pictures, and in the
process, met up with MDych, Debbie, and Barb. We took a bunch of
pictures. Fortunately, Wendy had an awesome video camera, which
allowed instant playback-- included in her great footage was
Becki's great Xena yell.
We walked around Times Square, where they had a huge (20 ft?)
picture of Lucy-cum-Rizzo on a billboard, along with other
members of the cast of Grease.
Then we went to the "Jekyll and Hyde" Bar-- I guess the best way
to describe it was, "You had to be there."
It was done up a la Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, and other horror
folks. Misto got into a fight with the butler-- and won! The bar
then held a "pro" vs "anti" Xena contest.
We won, of course! (Ay-yi-yi-yi-yi-yi-yi-yi-yi-yi!)
The next morning, the group I was with ran into Kimba and her
brother, Gerry. (If Becki says I called her room and woke her
up, inflicting her wrath, tell her you have no idea what she is
talking about!<G>) After saying hello to Kimba and Gerry, we--
CarlD, Wendy, MDych, Debbie, Barb, and I-- took a two hour
Circle Line boat tour around
Manhattan. The guide was most informative and entertaining.
Then a bunch of us met for supper at Hot Tomatoes-- a kind of
"gourmet American" restaurant. Among those present were: Wendy,
CarlD, DragonLady, Sharon (and her daughter, I believe),
Shannon, witchhazel (and "Mr. Witchhazel"<G>), Rinah, Michele,
Marilyn and her mother (Mom, you got a really wonderful
MDych, Barb, Rachelle, TOM SIMPSON (YIPPEE!<G>), Betsy Book,
Debbie, Becki, Mainlander, and moi<G>.
Please forgive me if I left anybody out. I had meat loaf and
"Mrs. SAL_FAN's" left over pasta. (Oh, in case anybody was
wondering, DragonLady and I got married at supper<G>-- I think
we got divorced later that evening, though :( ).
Then a group of us decided to arrive at the theater (or, should
I say, "theatre"<G>), in style. So we hired a limo! Let me
think: there was Becki, Kimba, Mainlander, MDych, Barb,
Rachelle, Debbie, Wendy, CarlD, and me. Oh, yeah, the driver's
name was Mohammed; he picked up his wife, Bogam (sp?), while on
the way to the theater. They're from Pakstan and have two
children. Mohammed has been working as a limousine driver for 6
months-- I recommend him, in case anyone else is thinking of
hiring a limo.<G>
Then came the moment everyone was waiting for-- the show started
and I shut up!<G>
**DISCLAIMER/WARNING: For those of you who don't want to hear
details about the play "Grease," please don't read any further
(Yeah, well, what the Hades am I writing this report for,
Before the play proper started, the character who played Vince
Fontaine hosted a dance contest with audience members. Rose was
a finalist in the contest. Those of you who attended the NYC
Xenafest in March may remember Rose. At the NYC Xenafest,
Mistopholees donated her own copy of Lucy Lawless' autographed
photo, when the
autograph that was supposed to be used in the raffle had been
damaged in the mail. When Rose won this raffle, she returned the
autograph to Mistopholees. Wasn't that a most selfess, wonderful
thing to do?
After the dance contest, Vince sang a "love song" to Becki, who
was sitting in the front row. She was most gracious and funny,
and really looked the guy over. I understand that wedding plans
are in the works <BEG> (Ah, Becki, in case you're wondering, by
the time you get to read this, I'll be in the witness protection
Then the play started. In a word, it was FANTASTIC! Lucy was
ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS! She played to the audience, and used those
wonderful facial features of hers. The set was simple,
interesting and innovative. The chemistry among the cast members
was wonderful-- they functioned as a well-oiled machine. The
numbers were, well, awesome. The casting of Miss Lynch was
nothing short of ingenious.
Jan was a delight, and Sonny and Doody were scene-stealers.
Eugene was a pleasure. Sandy was beautiful, as was her
singing. Teen Angel was a hoot! And, of course, Zuko was
Well, I'm sure you're all wondering about Lucy. She was
magnifique! If she was nervous, she was masterful at hiding it.
Her voice was phenomenal, both in range and in quality. She even
emitted a brief "Ay-yi-yi!" in one of her scenes, to the
audience's absolute delight. If I could make only one
constructive criticism, it was that her love scenes with
Kenickie seemed to need a little work. Now, in the interest of
doing what I can to help out everyone's favorite Warrior
Princess, I hereby volunteer to fill in as Kenickie's understudy
for the purpose of helping Lucy with those love scenes
And to top things off, Rob Tapert sat among us fans in the
audience. He spoke with fans and signed autographs during
The cast were playful, and involved the audience in their fun.
We felt almost a part of the action. The audience was most
respectful of the Lucy and the cast-- I didn't hear any Xena
yells from the audience.
Obviously, I give this play the highest rating possibe. At the
end, the cast received a massive standing ovation. "Zuko" then
introduced Lucy as the newest member of the cast. She was
absolutely overwhelmed with her reception, and her
appreciation-- and love-- for her fans showed.
Hundreds of people waited to get Lucy's autograph, and I
understand she signed many, many autographs.
Many of us went to the Meow Mix and/or Jekyll and Hide Bars
Well, it's 2:30 in the morning and I'm exhausted.
Battle on, Xena!
Respectfully, in parts (and irreverently in others, of
PS. Not too many reputations were deliberately slandered in this
PPS. Would someone please forward this to the Salmoneus list (I
don't have the addy handy), and any other related lists as
desired? Thank you.