There is no
doubt that Kevin was one of the coolest, nicest guests we've had
the pleasure of working with over the past 30 years.
When we started
with our Hercules and Xena Conventions we had no idea that the stars
we were about to bring over from New Zealand would be the most fun,
most caring and most talented group we've ever had to work with.
As Michael Hurst explained to our audience at our Xena convention
in Pasadena this past weekend, actors in New Zealand have to be
able to do everything well since the acting community is small and
they are called on to do so much if they want to make a living.
could do it all and we were extremely fortunate to bring him to
the States numerous times. His regular "convention appearances"
were always to be treasured but when we were able to really let
him perform it was amazing. He was a fantastic singer and when we
brought his "band" over (Kev, Joel Tobeck and Danielle
Cormack, along with Tim Omundson on harmonica) they tore the house
down. After the first performance (which was a riot!) Kevin came
backstage and asked if they were good enough to come back again.
That was after he sang beautiful ballads, several rock numbers,
imitated Elvis perfectly, did a number from "Rocky Horror Picture
Show" and received a sustained standing ovation.
The best musical
moment ever at Creation had to be the beautiful duet that Kevin
did with Gina Torres. Wow!
Then there was
the time that Kevin arrived direct from New Zealand, did his rock
music gig with us, partied all night, appeared at the charity breakfast,
did his convention appearance and then signed autographs for everyone.
One of Kevin's
last U.S. appearances was at the Creation Convention in Dearborn.
It was just a few weeks after the tragedy of Sept. 11 and he was
a trouper who made the show when some would not. It was a wonderful
convention highlighted by the team-up of Kevin and Hudson Leick
(Callisto). The pairing of these two was indeed magical and we had
them starring in AR Gurney's play LOVE LETTERS. They gave a truly
awesome performance with Kevin portraying an American Senator.
Kevin was willing
to do anything for a good cause: he changed clothes with Hudson
on stage generating a huge charity donation for Hudson's dress.
It was hilarious!
All of us here
at Creation will miss this kind, generous and extremely talented
gentleman. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends in New
Zealand and, indeed to all of his many fans throughout the world.
We are waiting
here to find out more about how we can all help Kevin's family.
When an official fund is announced we will let you know, and, as
those who attended the Pasadena Convention are aware, over $25,000
was already raised during the convention.
we'll never forget you!
Your friends at Creation Entertainment