21.07.2001 - By MONIQUE DEVEREUX
Lucy Lawless is belting out songs instead of belting bad guys.
Filming of her hit television show Xena: Warrior Princess wound up in March after a five-year run and since then New Zealand's most famous television star has been relaxing and spending time with her family.
But next week she will be back in front of an audience for the first time - although this time the limelight will be shared with Sir Howard Morrison, his son, Howard Morrison jun, and his nephew, actor Temuera
The group will give three special performances to help raise money for the Starship children's hospital annual appeal.
Lawless is a Starship Foundation board trustee.
Sir Howard recently had his own experience with Starship when his 21-month-old granddaughter was admitted. She is now receiving care through the outpatients department.
"When you get the opportunity to be able to give something back and you're in the position to do so, it's something you try to do," he said.
The three shows will be held in the Sky City Theatre next week. It will be Sir Howard's first major performance since the millennium celebrations in Rotorua.
The Starship Foundation hopes to raise $2.5 million for neurosurgical equipment. People can buy $3 Starbears at ASB Banks or The Warehouse, or donate at the Starship website.
Tickets for A Night with the Knight - Sir Howard Morrison are available through Ticketek. The shows are on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.