Original Broadway cast members from the Boy George musical Taboo will get together in February for two 10th anniversary concerts at the New York venue 54 Below. http://54below.com
The concerts will take place on 8th February at 8 PM and 11 PM. The concert date marks the 10th anniversary of the musical’s closing on Broadway. The event will benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
Boy George appeared as Leigh Bowery in the 2003 musical that was produced on Broadway by Rosie O’Donnell. Boy George was Tony-nominated for his score to the musical. The Broadway production of Taboo had a book by Tony Award nominee Charles Busch.
The concert reunites original Broadway stars Sarah Uriarte Berry (Nicola), Jeffrey Carlson (Marilyn), Liz McCartney (Big Sue) and Cary Shields (Marcus), together with Ensemble members Jennifer Cody, Lisa Gajda, Bob Gaynor, Curtis Holbrook, Jennifer K. Mrozik, Nathan Peck, Alexander Quiroga, Jody Reynard, Asa Somers, Denise Summerford, James Tabeek and Gregory Treco.
Casting for the roles of Boy George, Leigh Bowery and Philip Sallon will be announced shortly.
Taboo concerned the lives of two larger-than-life personalities involved in the eighties London club scene: the Kent-born singer Boy George, who rose to fame and international acclaim via the pop group Culture Club; and performance artist Leigh Bowery, who became known for his outlandish costumes and make-up before an early death from AIDS. Their stories were told against the background of the London club Taboo, which featured an array of self-proclaimed “freaks.”
The Boy George score includes “Freak/Ode to Attention Seekers,” “Stranger in This World,” “Safe in the City,” “Dress to Kill,” “Genocide Peroxide,” “I’ll Have You All,” “Sexual Confusion,” “Pretty Lies,” “Guttersnipe,” “Love Is a Question Mark,” “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me,” “Church of the Poison Mind/Karma Chameleon,” “Everything Taboo,” “Talk Amongst Yourselves,” “The Fame Game,” “I See Through You,” “Ich Bin Kunst,” “Petrified,” “Out of Fashion,” “Il Adore” and “Come On In From the Outside.”
The show has had productions in 2002 London West End, 2003 Broadway, 2003 UK Tour and 2012 at Brixton Clubhouse. The latter production won the 2013 Whatsonstage.com Award for Best Off West End Production. The second company continued the show’s successful run, and eventually closed on Sunday 31st March 2013 after having completed 213 performances.
Note: The Taboo image shown is for the London production at Brixton Clubhouse.
Thursday 9th January 2014