McCartney's agent confirmed to Playbill On-Line that the actress-singer has been offered the role of Big Sue in the new Boy George musical Taboo, which arrives — via London — at the Plymouth Theatre Oct. 21 with an official opening Nov. 13. McCartney would join a cast that already includes Boy George as Leigh Bowery, Olivier Award nominee Euan Morton as Boy George and Raúl Esparza as Philip Sallon.
Christopher Renshaw directs the musical, which began life at London’s Venue in January 2002. That production played its final performance April 26. Mark Dendy will choreograph the Broadway mounting, and the remainder of the creative team comprises John McDaniel (musical supervision), Tim Goodchild (scenic design), Mike Nicholls and Bobby Pearce (costume design), Natasha Katz (lighting design), Jonathan Deans (sound design) and make-up and hair design (Christine Bateman).
Set in London in the early eighties, Taboo focuses on two young men: anarchic performance artist-designer Leigh Bowery and a young, rough-edged boy who becomes a surprising crossover star, Boy George. The stories of Bowery and George are told against the background of the London club Taboo.
Liz McCartney starred on Broadway in Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera and the recent, short-lived musical Dance of the Vampires. She also spent nearly two years in the Boston production of Nunsense, and her regional credits include Paint Your Wagon, The Rocky Horror Show and Fifty Million Frenchmen. For more information about the actress, visit www.liz-mccartney.com.
The Plymouth Theatre is located at 236 West 45th Street. Tickets, priced between $80 and $100, will go on sale in late August through Telecharge, (212) 239-6200. For more information about the musical, visit www.tabooonbroadway.com.