Former talk-show host and theatre maven Rosie O'Donnell confirmed, once again, that she plans to produce the Boy George musical Taboo for Broadway. O'Donnell, who recently announced that she will close her namesake magazine "Rosie," told Variety that she hopes to bring the musical to Broadway as early as the spring of 2003. O'Donnell said that she will produce the musical with its London producers, Adam Kenwright and Michael Fuchs.
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. The show at The Venue — a converted church hall off Leicester Square — is directed by award-winning West End and Broadway director Christopher Renshaw.
Boy George, the industry paper also reports, is in discussions to star in the Broadway version, although, as in London, he would not portray himself but the role of Leigh Bowery.