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 Post subject: Taboo
PostPosted: Sun Feb 03, 2002 12:03 am 
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No Boy’s own story
Taboo is weird, but wonderfully so — just like the mad, bad times it depicts, says Dan Cairns in The Sunday Times, who was there.


The celebrity quotient was high for the opening night of Boy George’s musical, Taboo, running the gamut from Andrew Lloyd Webber and Charlotte Church, through the Welshman from the recently deceased teeny band Steps, all the way to a rather lost-looking Anthea Turner and Grant Bovey.
So, too, was the camp factor, which was only to be expected from a show that catalogues the lives, loves, killer one-liners and almighty cockups of a small and desperately insecure coterie of designers, wannabe pop stars and try-anything opportunists who took London nightlife by the scruff of its neck in the late 1970s and gave birth to the Blitz club as well as a late and unlamented musical genre, the new romantics.

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A frilly story for the tourists
by Mark Cook in The Evening Standard

It's ironic that, in a musical about the pitfalls of narcissism and vanity and tracing the rise and fall of one Boy George, that the man himself, not content with writing the show's music, and being portrayed on stage by a beautiful youth, now steps into a leading role.

Of course, that irony isn't lost on George, and at one point while playing his old mucker Leigh Bowery, the outrageous designer, performance artist and host of the eponymous Eighties club, he declares self-mockingly: "I'm not a real actor you know", before adding, typically, "but neither is Madonna". Ouch!

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Taboo
By Jeremy Austin in The Stage

Boy George? I think he's got it. Certainly as a songwriter, as Taboo - a part fact, part fiction musical based on the singer's rise from the eighties New Romantic movement - serves as a reminder of what a great talent he was and is.

Like the casting of that other 20th-century icon in her show on the other side of Leicester Square, Boy George, who replaces Matt Lucas as the outrageous Leigh Bowery, has the pressure of converting the hype into a worthy performance. And this he does.

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Taboo - The Venue
By Peter Hepple in The Stage

Contrary to what some of us might have thought, Boy George's show has settled down to what looks
like being a long run in a new and exceptionally interesting theatre. It has also successfully
weathered a number of cast changes – the mark of a strong show – the latest of which has brought in Julian Clary to take over the role of Leigh Bowery.

I have always had some reservations about the depth of Clary's talent but because he has had to submerge himself completely beneath the costumes and make-up of the late Bowery, his own
personality has had to take a back seat. Though completely different from Bowery in build, he is
very effective in the role.

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Taboo takes Lowry in a new direction
Salford venue will produce version of Boy George's musical to subsidise less commercial shows. By David Ward for The Guardian.


Boy George's Olivier-award musical will run at the Lowry prior to a national tour later this year. Photo: Tristram Kenton

The Lowry gallery and theatre complex on the banks of the Manchester ship canal in Salford has announced its most significant change since it opened three years ago.

Its policy for the Lyric and Quays theatres has been to give shows a stage, not produce them. Now, in partnership with a London company, it is making a foray into commercial production.

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Taboo return for Little
By Lawrence Poole for Manchester online


IT may have taken some time but Aussie all-rounder Mark Little is finally doing what he was originally trained to do, act full time.

After spending the best part of 25 years working as the entertainment equivalent of a jack of all trades, Little is delighted to be turning his attentions for the foreseeable future back to his real passion.

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The Legend of Leigh Bowery


By DAVID ROONEY
Variety

An exotic fixture of 1980s London clubland, Leigh Bowery has been given posthumous exposure in the U.S. via the Rosie O'Donnell-produced Broadway musical "Taboo." A more thorough consideration of the fashion designer and performance artist, who positioned himself as a living artwork and who died of AIDS in 1994 at age 33, can be found in videomaker Charles Atlas' feature doc "The Legend of Leigh Bowery." An engrossingly detailed if perhaps inevitably enigmatic portrait of the elusive, outrageous provocateur --- given his devotion to artifice --- the film's main commercial avenue will be the DVD market.
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