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I tried to get some coherent commentary out of AfterEllen.com photographer KT Jorgensen about last night’s Lucy Lawless concert at LA’s Roxy Theater, but she just kept saying it was incredible and amazing and she really didn’t know what else to say.
Fortunately she wasn’t so incapacitated that she wasn’t able to use her cameras, and she even remembered how to upload photos after enough caffeine hit her system. Lucky us.
The event began with the usual crowd of every lesbian within a hundred miles waiting outside:
Comedian Cat Crimins opened the show, as she did last year.
After that… welcome to "The Pleasuredome."
From the show’s official press release:
“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."
Or as Lucy described it to me last week:
This is a re-imagining of a script that my husband and his friend
wrote in the period of ‘Frankie Goes to Hollywood. It’s about the time at the dawning of AIDS, and how everybody
was partying with this sort of cold fear at their backs. The show
encompasses the grimness of that reality with the glitter of the
She also promised her lesbian fans "some sugar." And why yes, I do find this kind of sweet:
Seems our Lucy is not the good Catholic schoolgirl the nuns would like her to be after all.
She runs off to the big city, where she meets and falls in love with Pleasuredome emcee Gloria, played by actor/singer Laura Sperrazza:
In addition to songs by Eurythmics, Marilyn Manson, Soft Cell, Cyndi Lauper, Garbage, and Jet, Lucy channels the woman she calls her "rock goddess," Patti Smith:
We also get to meet punk schoolgirl Lucy:
And we all live happily ever after.
There is a little more coverage — still mostly of the "Lucy… amazing… I cannot speak" variety — over at Mary D’s Xena fan site, plus more photos.
The convention just started up again, so check out that thread for updates throughout the day!