Wilma’s Rating [rating=3]
Taboo is the story of Boy George’s life from before he became famous and the time just after. It is about fame, drugs and sexual confusion. Cleverly, this show is set in a nightclub (The Brixton Clubhouse) which is a beautiful place and apt as Taboo was a night club where Boy George frequented.
The partly fabricated story has a soundtrack of Boy George songs. Some old classics and some which were written especially for the show.
Fame, drugs and sexual confusion run through this shows story which sees photographer Billy leave home and step out on a voyage of self discovery.
Taboo opened in 2002 at The Venue Theatre in London’s West End (which in 2008 changed its name to The Leicester Square Theatre) and ran for 18 months.
In 2003 American comedian Rosie O’Donnell financed a broadway production of the show which closed after only 100 performances causing her to lose the $10 million she invested in the show.
Taboo is daring, vibrant and well worth watching but not an amazing piece of theatre. It didn’t have the WOW factor for me.