John McDaniel to Serve as Taboo's Musical Director

News   John McDaniel to Serve as Taboo's Musical Director Musician John McDaniel, who achieved national fame on "The Rosie O'Donnell Show," will serve as the musical director for the upcoming musical, Taboo.
John McDaniel
John McDaniel

McDaniel announced the news during his cabaret evening at Joe's Pub Feb. 15, adding that the musical will arrive on Broadway in fall 2003. Variety also recently reported that Mark Dendy, who choreographed the Off-Broadway production of The Wild Party, will choreograph the Broadway mounting of Taboo. Taboo is being imported from London by producer — and former talk show host — Rosie O'Donnell. As previously reported on Playbill On-Line, Charles Busch is supplying an entirely new book for the musical, which concerns the life of George Alan O'Dowd, who is better known as pop star Boy George. A recent reading of the musical was held in New York City, helmed by its London director Christopher Renshaw.

The musical Taboo mixes fact with fiction as it tells a love story against a backdrop of the gallery of characters who helped make the 1980s London club scene the most exciting in the world. Among these were Steve Strange, Leigh Bowery, Marilyn and Philip Sallon and Boy George himself. The show at London's The Venue — a converted church hall off Leicester Square — is directed by Renshaw.

An accomplished musician and conductor, John McDaniel has worked on such Broadway shows as Grease!, Patti LuPone on Broadway and the Tony winning revival of Annie Get Your Gun. He received two Daytime Emmy Awards for his work on "The Rosie O'Donnell Show" and also garnered a Grammy Award for Annie Get Your Gun. He has released three solo "John McDaniel at the Piano" recordings.