Uriarte-Berry and Shields Confirmed for Taboo; Ensemble Announced

News   Uriarte-Berry and Shields Confirmed for Taboo; Ensemble Announced Additional casting has been announced for the new Broadway musical Taboo, which arrives — via London — at the Plymouth Theatre this fall.

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Joining the previously announced George O'Dowd (Leigh Bowery), Euan Morton (George O'Dowd) and Raul Esparza (Philip Sallon) are Sarah Uriarte-Berry as Nicola and Cary Shields as Marcus. A spokesperson for the production also confirmed that the Taboo ensemble currently comprises Jennifer Cody, Dioni Michelle Collins, Lisa Gajda, Bob Gaynor, Curtis Holbrook, Lori Holmes, Jennifer Mrozik, Nathan Peck, Alexander Quiroga, Asa Somers, Denise Summerford, Jody Reynard and Gregory Treco.

Additionally, Liz McCartney's agent told Playbill On-Line that the actress-singer has been offered the role of Big Sue in the new Boy George musical, which begins previews Oct. 21 with an official opening scheduled for Nov. 13.

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). Charles Busch has written a new book for the Broadway production based on material by Mark Davies.

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.

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.