Taboo's Boy George and Post's Riedel Engage in "Battle of Wits" on "Theater Talk" Dec. 12

News   Taboo's Boy George and Post's Riedel Engage in "Battle of Wits" on "Theater Talk" Dec. 12
 
The long-awaited face-off between pop icon turned Broadway star Boy George and gossip columnist Michael Riedel will finally air on "Theater Talk" Dec. 12 at midnight.

Riedel, a frequent Taboo detractor in his New York Post column, taped an interview with Taboo star and composer George O'Dowd (aka Boy George) Nov. 21. The interview followed a statement O'Dowd made in the New York Times, saying the Post columnist would lose in a battle of wits. Riedel responded with an open invitation, printed in the Post, for O'Dowd to appear on Riedel and co-host and producer Susan Haskin's PBS talk show, "Theater Talk." With a score by Boy George and a new book by Charles Busch, Taboo concerns 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 are told against the background of the London club Taboo, which featured an array of self-proclaimed "freaks."

Taboo began previews at the Plymouth Theatre Oct. 24 and officially opened Nov. 13. Tickets, priced between $80 and $100, are available through Telecharge, (212) 239- 6200.

For more information about the musical, visit www.tabooonbroadway.com.

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