Taboo, produced by Rosie O’Donnell and Adam Kenwright in association with Daniel MacDonald, Lori E. Seid and Michael Fuchs, began performances at The Plymouth Theatre (236 West 45 Street) on Tuesday, October 28, 2003 and opened on Thursday, November 13, 2003.  Taboo closed on February 8, 2004 after 16 previews and 100 performances.

Taboo is a musical portrait of a brief but remarkable era - London in the early 1980's.  An ever-shifting time that sparked a rebellion among the youth that found its expression in flamboyant fashion and decadent nightlife.  These kids were "the New Romantics" - leaders of an unofficial movement that left a lasting influence on music and fashion.  

Taboo focuses on two young men - Leigh Bowery, a brilliant, anarchic performance artist/designer and George O'Dowd, a young, rough-edged boy who arrives in London and - once swept up into the exciting artistic climate - becomes the surprising crossover star of the scene as Boy George.  Both men's stories are played out against the fantastic background of Taboo, the Club that had come to symbolize the mad excess and decadent fun of the 1980's London.


Producers: Rosie O'Donnell, Adam Kenwright;  Director: Christopher Renshaw; Book: Charles Busch (adapted from the original by Mark Davies); Music and Lyrics: Boy George; Scenic Design: Tim Goodchild; Lighting Design: Natasha Katz; Costume Design: Mike Nicholls, Bobby Pearce; Sound Design: Jonathan Deans; Casting by Bernard  Telsey Casting; Hair and Make-up Design: Christine Bateman; Co-Composer: Kevan Frost; Orchestrations: Steve Margoshes; Music Co-Writers: John Themis & Richie Stevens; Music Coordinator: Michael Keller; Music Director: Jason Howland; Production Supervisor: Arthur Siccardi; Dialect Coach: Stephen Gabis; Fight Director: Rick Sordelet; Production Stage Manager: Peter Wolf; Press Representative Barlow-Hartman;  Marketing: TMG - The Marketing Group; General Management: The Charlotte Wilcox Company; Associate Producers: Dan MacDonald, Lori E.Seid, Michael Fuchs; Musical Supervision and Vocal, Dance Incidental Music Arrangements: John McDaniel; Choreographer: Mark Dendy (consulted by Jeff Calhoun)


Euan Morton as Boy George, George O'Dowd (aka Boy George) as Leigh Bowery, Raúl Esparza as Philip Sallon, Liz McCartney as Big Sue, Cary Shields as Marcus, Jeffrey Carlson as Marilyn, Sarah Uriarte Berry as Nicola, Jennifer Cody ensemble, Dioni Michelle Collins ensemble / Big Sue understudy, Brooke Elliott ensemble / Big Sue understudy, Lisa Gajda ensemble, Bob Gaynor ensemble / Marcus understudy, Curtis Holbrook ensemble, Lori Holmes ensemble / Nicola understudy, Jennifer Mrozik ensemble / Nicola understudy, Nathan Peck ensemble, Alexander Quiroga ensemble / Marilyn understudy, Asa Somers ensemble / Boy George understudy, Denise Summerford ensemble / Nicola understudy, Jody Reynard ensemble, James Tabeek ensemble, Gregory Treco ensemble / Boy George understudy / Marilyn understudy


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