Boy George will join the cast of his own musical Taboo at the Venue from 6th May 02. Also joining the cast is Lyn Paul and from 17th June Mark Little .

Boy George will star as outrageous costumier 'Leigh Bowery', currently played by Matt Lucas, from 6th May to 15th Jun 02. "Boy George thought about playing himself, but realised he couldn't pass for himself 20 years younger. He also thought about playing the part of Marilyn, but he doesn't have the legs for it." Euan Morton will continue to play the role of 'Boy George'.

Also from 6th May 02 Lyn Paul will take over the role of 'Josie', currently played by Gemma Craven. Lyn was as one of the New Seekers pop group in the 70s, and most recently starred " Blood Brothers" at the Phoenix Theatre.

From 17th June 02 Mark Little will take over the part of Leigh Bowery'. He is best known for his part as 'Jo Mangel' in the Australian soap "Neighbours". His West End show "Defending The Cavemen" had a West End at the Apollo Theatre in 1999.

"TABOO" opened at the Venue in January this year to good notices from the popular press: THE TIMES says, �The casting is impeccable, the bitching is bewitching, and positively no one is underdressed.� DAILY TELEGRAPH says, �Taboo is a genuine breakthrough, and, despite its flaws, deserves to succeed��..the show has heart as well as attitude�.Boy George's music and lyrics are terrific, blessed with melody, wit and a yearning vulnerability.� THE DAILY MAIL says, �Enjoyable new musical � that is also surprisingly conventional."

The show has music & lyrics by Boy George and book by Mark Davies-Markham and directed by Christopher Renshaw.( It is currently taking bookings to 14th Sep 02).

"TABOO" tells the story of the times, with actors playing out the parts of the bill-topping performers who defined a generation, including STEVE STRANGE from VISAGE, the indefinable phenomenon that was LEIGH BOWERY, the one-man extravaganza MARILYN and club entrepreneur extraordinaire PHILIP SALLON. And then of course, there's BOY GEORGE, travelling from squat to superstardom, from rock to rock bottom. The show interweaves some fantastical facts of the 80s with a classic love story of ambition, passion and betrayal.

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