Noteworthy Cause for Kevin

New Zealand Women's Day January 27, 1997

ksmithcroon.jpgWhen Kevin Smith jumps on stage for "Schweppes Showtime" this Saturday, he'll e John Travolta and Cliff Richard rolled into one.

While he carries less weight than bulked-up John and is more risque than Christian Cliff, the sexy actor is still confident he can pull of sensational renditions of the songs "Summer Nights" from "Grease" and "All I ask of You" from "The Phantom of the Opera."

However, in spite of performing in recent musicals "Cabaret" and "Braindead," Kevin believes the expected 250,000 audiecne at Auckland's Domain will be forgiving, not thinking he can sing. "When people think about New Zealand singers my name doesn't usually spring to mind, so I guess the audience will cut me a little slack to start with," grins the star of "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys" and "Xena: Warrior Princess."

While thrilled to be in the stage show, which replaces last year's Opera In The Park, he says his main motivation is to help raise money for the show's charity, Plunket.

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