The producers of Taboo - The Boy George Musical have announced new casting for the acclaimed production at Brixton's Club House. As the show extends its site-specific run at the Brixton Club House a host of fresh talent are set to join the cast after Christmas. Paul Treacy takes the iconic role of Boy George and appears alongside Jordan-Luke Gage who will appear as Marilyn, Boy George's rival who becomes one of his closest allies. Ones to watch, these bright young things - both making their professional debut in Taboo - are real life best friends and are third year students at the prestigious Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, due to graduate in summer 2013.
Taking on the role of feisty, yet vulnerable punk runaway, Kim, is Devon-Elise Johnson who forms an enduring on-stage relationship with young photographer, Billy's mother, Josie (to be played by Alex Jordan-Mills and Julia Worsley respectively). Together the two women find themselves and their place in the world as Kim becomes a recognized designer and Josie, her business partner. Josie's drunk and homophobic husband, Derek, is to be played by Paul Kevin-Taylor, who brings a double dose of the dark side to the show as he also performs the role of Petal, the scene's violent and terrifying crossing- dressing drug pusher. Sarah Goggin is Janey who joins the cast as one of the journalists who would come to have such a huge impact in the young Boy George's life and Matthew Gent completes the ensemble.
The production has been recast by Anne Vosser Casting, the show's original and revival Casting Director.
Taboo is a story between a young girl and boy swept up in this exciting artistic climate and also focuses on two other young men - Leigh Bowery, a brilliant, anarchic performance artist and designer, and George O'Dowd, a young, rough-edged boy who arrives in London and, once part of the Eighties club world, becomes the surprising crossover star of the scene, Boy George. From squat to superstardom, from rock to rock bottom, both mens' stories are played out against the fantastic background of Taboo, the nightclub that came to symbolise the excess and decadence of 1980s London and subsequently defined a generation.
A musical portrait of a brief but remarkable era, 1980s London. These gloriously self-indulgent years, played out against a backdrop of mass unemployment and social upheaval, sparked a rebellion among young people which ultimately found its expression in outrageous fashions and a decadent nightlife. These were the "New Romantics" - leaders of a phenomenon which left a lasting influence on both the face and fate of pop, fashion and social culture.
Philip Sallon - Paul Baker
Leigh Bowery - Sam Buttery
Boy George - Paul Treacy
Marilyn - Jordan-Luke Gage
Billy - Alex Jordan-Mills
Kim - Devon-Elise Johnson
Josie - Julia Worsley
Derek/Petal - Paul Kevin-Taylor
Steve Strange - Owain Williams
Big Sue - Katie Kerr
Janey - Sarah Goggin
Ensemble - Matthew Gent, Jennifer Hepburn, Zeph Gould
Directed by Christopher Renshaw
Book by Mark Davies Markham
Lyrics by Boy George
Music and Orchestrations by Boy George, Kevan Frost and John Themis Co-Created and Originally Directed by Chris Renshaw
Choreographer - Frank Thompson
Production Musical Consultant - Mike Dixon
Costume Design - Mike Nicholls
Hair and Make-Up Design - Christine Bateman
Lighting Design - Howard Hudson
Musical Direction - Matt Smith
Casting Director - Anne Vosser
Associate Director (UK) - Christian Durham
Resident Director - Jason Capewell
Produced by Danielle Tarento and Bronia Buchanan