Ask (Jan. 27, 2009)


Question: I heard that Lucy Lawless will soon be doing a live show in Los Angeles. Can you tell us more?

— Anonymous 

Answer: Yes, it’s true, and it looks to be pretty spectacular. The show, Welcome to the Pleasure Dome will be staged at The Roxy in Los Angeles this weekend, January 30-31, and tickets are still available.

While Lawless is perhaps best known for her television and film credits (Xena: Warrior Princess, Battlestar Galactica, Bitch Slap, and that priceless Stevie Nicks parody on Saturday Night Live), she’s also an accomplished singer who has received rave reviews for her live shows.

According to the press release for Welcome to the Pleasure Dome, it’s based "on a screenplay set in the time when the music group Frankie Goes to Hollywood ruled the airwaves as well as everyone’s T-shirts."

Lawless says, "This post-disco period was epitomized by high times in low places. Where disco was a sparkly diversion from the humdrum. The era I grew up in fully acknowledged, even celebrated, its own dark side.”

“The Pleasuredome” brings the audience into a world of sex, drugs, temptation and redemption, about which, Lawless says,"I don’t know why, but I do ‘Bad-Girl’ really well." She further states, "My fans always enjoy a tale of redemption…with a heapin’ helpin’ of Wickedness along the way."

Music from the show includes songs by Patti Smith, Eurhythmics, Soft Cell, Cyndi Lauper, Garbage, Marilyn Manson and Jet.

Read Lawless’s recent blogposts and watch video clips of her rehearsals at, and you can buy tickets to the Pleasure Dome show here.

Bridget McManus and I are hoping to attend, and maybe even interview the divine Ms. Lawless for our show, You Can’t Take Them Anywhere. If you want us to ask her anything in particular (except "Who killed Jenny?"), then let us know in your comments below.

Question: Karman Kregloe what is like to be married to Bridget MacManus?
(I’m so jealous, but I always knew you were together…)

— Vale, Santiago, Chile

Bridget McManus and Karman Kregloe

Answer: Being married to Bridget McManus is exactly the E ticket ride that any perceptive woman would imagine it to be. Let’s put it this way: if our life together were a television series, it would be a mixture of 24, I Love Lucy, and The Muppet Show. During sweeps week.

(I just read my answer to Bridget, and she asked if by "E ticket" I meant an electronic airline ticket, which is why I added the explanatory Wikipedia link. She assures me that no one else on the site will know what "E ticket ride" means either. Please prove her wrong, and viva la generation gap!)

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