The cast — featuring Boy George, Sarah Uriarte Berry, Jeffrey Carlson, Raúl Esparza, Donnie R. Keshawarz, Liz McCartney, Euan Morton and Cary Shields — heads into the recording studio Feb. 2 to preserve the Boy George score. Song titles include "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." Neither a label nor a release date has been announced, although pre-orders are being accepting at www.doyoutaboo.com/cd_order/.
Producer Rosie O'Donnell announced Jan. 13 that the new musical would close Feb. 8. In a statement the former talk-show host said, "Taboo was by far the most fulfilling experience of my career. Many lessons were learned, and so it goes. For this experience I am profoundly grateful and have no regrets."
With a new book by Charles Busch, Taboo concerns 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 are told against the background of the London club Taboo, which featured an array of self-proclaimed "freaks."
Taboo began previews at the Plymouth Theatre Oct. 24 and officially opened Nov. 13. For more information about the musical, visit www.tabooonbroadway.com.