In the Nov. 9-15 edition of TV Guide, former talk-show host and theatre maven Rosie O'Donnell confirmed, once again, that she plans to produce the Boy George musical Taboo on Broadway. O'Donnell, who had previously announced that she will co-produce the musical with London producers Adam Kenwright and Michael Fuchs, told TV Guide that she will mount the production in May, making it part of the 2003-04 season. Says O'Donnell, "I'm going to produce this Broadway show [Taboo] — it's going to be huge. It's gonna make a lot of money for everybody, and I'm all of a sudden gonna be a smash producer on Broadway. Watch!"
O'Donnell also spoke about her recent clash with Gruner + Jahr USA, which resulted in the end of her namesake magazine "Rosie," and her decision to leave her celebrated talk show. "I think any mother who has three little children and one on the way," O'Donnell said, "who is given the choice to work 40 hours a week or paint in the garage, would choose to stay home. [People think] I'm weird because I think it's obvious. It's revolutionary, and it shouldn't be . . . Don't worry about me, everything's going to be fine."
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 1980's 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 award-winning West End and Broadway director Christopher Renshaw.