Charles Busch Working on Book of Musical Taboo; Due in Fall
02 Jan 2003
Charles Busch, the author of the Broadway hit The Tale of the Allergist's Wife, is reworking the book of the London Boy George musical Taboo, a spokesman confirmed.
The show, which producer Rosie O'Donnell once announced as opening on Broadway in May, will now arrive in New York in the fall.
Busch's Shanghai Moon begins previews Off-Broadway on Jan. 3. Busch—who, prior to Allergist's Wife, performed in most of his own plays, typically in drag—stars in the piece, produced by Drama Dept.
O'Donnell will co-produce the musical with London producers Adam Kenwright and Michael Fuchs. Said 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!"
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.
Boy George himself starred in the London production of the show at given times. In could not be learned whether the former Culture Club lead singer would star in the Broadway mounting.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.