Taboo on Broadway
Tell Me What You Fear? I'll Show You What To Do!

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Musical - Original
Plymouth Theatre
First Preview:October 28, 2003
Opening Date:November 13, 2003
Closing Date:February 8, 2004
Previews:16
Performances:100
Book: Charles Busch
Score: Boy George
 
Pop star Boy George wrote the score for this autobiographical ode to the London club scene of the 1980s. In the musical, Boy George becomes a star thanks to the success of the pop group Culture Club and mentoring by performance artist Leigh Bowery.
 

With the musical Taboo, Boy George has accomplished something that none of the other compilation musicals (e.g. Mamma Mia!, Movin' Out) can boast: He has created a show about himself, written by himself, and starring himself. 

Taboo focuses on the 1980s New Romantic movement and on the lives of such personalities as Marilyn, Steve Strange, Philip Sallon, and George and Leigh Bowery. George plays the role of Bowery rather than the role of himself -- that task is left to a much younger actor Euan Morton who fits the part so well. Taboo has it's delving into issues of drugs, homosexuality, and disease, Taboo charts the rise and fall of Boy Georges career and examines his relationships with friends and acquaintances. It deals with death also on the beautiful song written by George called "IL Adore"
The (mostly) original score by George includes "I'll Have You All," "Everything Taboo," and "Independent Woman," as well as the classic "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?" We also get a glimpse of the first ever Culture Club demo called "The Eyes OF Medusa" 
 
Were is Taboo Set?
Set in an abandoned London warehouse in 1985, the partly imagined story of a group of club 'names' set in the location of what was the city's most fashionable nightclub, the now-legendary Taboo (1985–87) of the title, which was the creation of Leigh Bowery. The show is based partly on the New Romantic scene of the 1980s. At its core is the life and career of colorful popstar Boy George, who rose to global prominence in early 1982 with his band Culture Club and his contemporaries, including the performance artist and club promoter Leigh Bowery, the pop singer Marilyn, 'Blitz' nightclub host Steve Strange (later of the electro-pop group Visage), and Philip Sallon, Punk groupie and Mud Club promoter. Although George was intimate with the central figures, artistic license around relationships and timeframes was taken for continuity; for example, Bowery never attended the 'Blitz' nightclub as he was living in Australia at the time.
 
The Blitz was sort of late 70s early 80s and Taboo kind of came about in the mid 80s, just before acid house. It was just an excuse to be as excessive as possible, it was a time of immense hedonism, self-destructiveness – I mean a lot of people died – a lot of drug-taking, sex in the toilets... It was just a madhouse !

At the <strong><em>Taboo</em></strong> opening night party at the <strong>Roxy</strong>, <strong>Merv Griffin Productions</strong> created a colorful 80's London theme party, where...

At the Taboo opening night party at the Roxy, Merv Griffin Productions created a colorful 80's London theme party, where costumed models distributed light-up necklaces.

Guests tried their luck at  five carnival booths at the party.

Guests tried their luck at five carnival booths at the party.

The <strong>Screaming Queens</strong>' human dessert tables got a black-and-white look for the <strong><em>Taboo</em></strong> party.

The Screaming Queens' human dessert tables got a black-and-white look for the Taboo party. 

<strong>M.A.C.</strong> provided <strong><em>Taboo</em></strong>-inspired makeovers in a booth adjacent to the dance floor.

M.A.C. provided Taboo-inspired makeovers in a booth adjacent to the dance floor. 

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Drama Desk Awards

2004 Outstanding Actor in a Musical Euan Morton Nominee
2004 Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical Jeffrey Carlson Nominee
2004 Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical Raúl Esparza Winner
 
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2004 Outstanding Lyrics Boy George Nominee
2004 Outstanding Music Boy George Nominee
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Drama League Awards
2004 Distinguished Production of a Musical Nominee
 
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Outer Critics Circle Awards
2004 Outstanding Actor in a Musical Euan Morton Nominee
2004 Outstanding Costume Design Mike Nicholls Nominee

Theatre World Awards
Winner/Nominee
2004 Theatre World Award Euan Morton Winner

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Tony Awards
2004 Actor in a Musical Euan Morton Nominee
2004 Costume Design (Play or Musical) Mike Nicholls 
2004 Featured Actor in a Musical Raúl Esparza Nominee
2004 Original Score Boy George Nominee
 

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