In celebration of Boy George's 58th birthday, we're taking a look back at Taboo, the musical inspired by George's life and featuring lyrics written by the singer. Taboo had its world premiere at the Venue in London before transferring to Broadway, where it opened November 13, 2003, at the Plymouth Theatre.
With a book by Charles Busch, the Broadway production of Taboo concerned the lives of two larger-than-life personalities involved in the '80s 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. Their stories were told against the background of the London club Taboo, which featured an array of self-proclaimed "freaks."
The Broadway cast featured Boy George, Sarah Uriarte Berry, Jeffrey Carlson, Raúl Esparza, Donnie R. Keshawarz, Liz McCartney, Euan Morton, and Cary Shields.
Flip through photos from the Broadway production below: