Newcomer Matthew Roland will take on the role of iconic '80s pop star Boy George in the upcoming London revival of Taboo. Roland will appear alongside Any Dream Will Do's Alistair Brammer as Billy, as well as Paul Baker who will reprise his Olivier Award-winning role as club promoter Philip Sallon. Joining them are Adam Bailey as Marilyn and I’d Do Anything standout Niamh Perry as Kim. Helmed by original director and co-creator Christopher Renshaw, the production will begin previews at the Brixton Club House on September 6 and open on September 12.
Taboo follows aspiring photographer Billy (Brammer) as he hits the over-the-top London clubs of the '80s and encounters some of the scene’s greatest stars including Steve Strange, Leigh Bowery, Sallon (Baker) and of course, Boy George (Roland). While Taboo includes some of Boy George’s biggest hits with his band Culture Club, George also penned an original score for the show, which features a book by Mark Davies and Charles Busch, and additional music by Kevan Frost.
Taboo premiered on January 29, 2002 at The Venue in London, where it ran for 15 months. A Broadway production opened on November 13, 2003, starring Raul Esparza, Jeffrey Carlson, and Boy George (as George O’Dowd), reprising his London role.
Alistair appeared on the West End in Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat as well as Les Miserables and Hair. He can be seen as Jean Prouvaire in the upcoming film adaptation of Les Miserables. After appearing on the reality competition I’d Do Anything, Niamh starred in Mamma Mia, Love Never Dies and The Little Prince. Taboo will mark the first major stage roles for Roland and Bailey.
This production will feature choreography by Frank Thompson, set design by Tim Goodchild, lighting design by Howard Hudson, costume design by Mike Nicholls and hair and make-up design by Christine Bateman. Matt Smith will serve as musical director.