Will Taboo Be KISSed By Gene Simmons?

News   Will Taboo Be KISSed By Gene Simmons? Former KISS rocker Gene Simmons may record the Broadway musical Taboo.

Boy George in Taboo
Boy George in Taboo Photo by Joan Marcus

A spokesperson for the new musical confirmed that Simmons has expressed interest in recording the show on his label, Simmons Records. "The music stands on its own," Simmons told Newsday on opening night. "This isn't a nostalgia show. It's got nothing to do with 'Karma Chameleon.' There's some wonderful, brand-new music that should be heard."

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."

The Rosie O'Donnell-produced 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.