A spokesperson for the production confirmed that George O'Dowd (aka Boy George), who wrote the score and co-stars in the musical, will vacation March 1-8. During his absence, understudy Donnie R. Keshawarz will play the role of the late performance artist Leigh Bowery.
Keshawarz stands by for both the roles of Leigh Bowery and Philip Sallon; the latter is played by Raúl Esparza. Taboo marks Keshawarz's Broadway debut. Off-Broadway he was seen in Drifting Elegant and Big Olé Washing Machine. His regional credits include The Memorandum, Fall and Homebody/Kabul, and his TV/film work includes "Sex and the City," "Hack," "As the World Turns," "Growing Down in Brooklyn" and "Down at the Tracks."
The Rosie O'Donnell-produced Taboo began previews at the Plymouth Theatre Oct. 24 and officially opened Nov. 13. Tickets, priced between $80 and $100, are available through Telecharge, (212) 239- 6200.
For more information about the musical, visit www.tabooonbroadway.com.