Part of the Brooklyn International Film Festival, "Everything Taboo" was directed by Mike Nicholls, one of the musical's Tony-nominated costume designers. The 60-minute documentary was produced and features cinematography by Nigel Askew. The film is a behind-the-scenes look at the musical, which was a measured success in London but a failure on Broadway. The Brooklyn International Film Festival runs June 4-13 and features 113 films. For more information visit www.brooklynmuseum.org.
With a new book by Charles Busch, the Broadway production of Taboo concerned 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 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. Rosie O'Donnell produced the Broadway version.
"Everything Taboo" will be presented at 8 PM. The Brooklyn Museum is located at 200 Eastern Parkway. For tickets call (866) 462-2838.