Taboo's Boy George and Post's Riedel to Stage "Battle of Wits" on "Theater Talk"

News   Taboo's Boy George and Post's Riedel to Stage "Battle of Wits" on "Theater Talk" Pop icon turned Broadway star Boy George will face off with gossip columnist Michael Riedel on PBS' "Theater Talk."

Boy George is the much-talked about new musical Taboo
Boy George is the much-talked about new musical Taboo

Riedel, a frequent Taboo detractor in his New York Post column, will tape an interview with George O'Dowd (aka Boy George) Nov. 21. The interview follows a statement O'Dowd recently 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." The interview will air Dec. 12.

Taboo will also be featured on several other television programs within the next few weeks. Boy George will tape a segment for NBC's "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" that will air on Thanksgiving. He will also guest on "The Today Show" Dec. 1. That appearance will include a performance by co-star Euan Morton. Morton, who portrays Boy George in the Rosie O'Donnell-produced musical, will sing "Stranger In This World."

Later that Dec. 1 morning, Liz McCartneyTaboo's Big Sue — will visit the gals of ABC's "The View." McCartney will perform her second-act show-stopper, "Talk Amongst Yourselves."

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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