Taboo The Musical – is based partly on the New Romantic scene of the late 1970s and early 1980s. At its core is the life and career of colourful pop star Boy George (who rose to global prominence in the early 1980s with his band Culture Club) and his contemporaries,

Set in an abandoned London warehouse, the partly imagined story of a group of club ‘names’ set in the location of what was the city’s most fashionable nightclub, the now-legendary Taboo (1985–87) of the title, which was the creation of Leigh Bowery. Boy George is featured as one of the club’s regulars, but in reality, George rarely attended. The show also focuses on George’s life prior to and after achieving fame.

Act I
  • “Ode To Attention Seekers” – Philip Sallon and Freaks
  • “Safe In The City” – Billy
  • “Freak” – Philip Sallon and Freaks
  • “Stranger In This World” – Boy George
  • “Genocide Peroxide” – Marilyn
  • “I’ll Have You All” – Leigh Bowery, Billy and Philip Sallon
  • “Love Is A Question Mark” – Billy and Kim
  • “Shelter” – Petal and Tarts
  • “Pretty Lies” – Kim
  • “Guttersnipe” – George and Marilyn
  • “Talk Amongst Yourselves” – Josie
  • “Do You Really Want To Hurt Me” – Boy George
  • “Touched By The Hand Of Cool” – Leigh Bowery, Billy and Slaves
  • “Stranger In This World” (Reprise) – Billy
Act II
  • “Everything Taboo” – Leigh Bowery and Full Company
  • “Petrified” – Philip Sallon
  • “I See Through You” – Billy
  • “Independent Woman” – Josie, Kim and Philip Sallon
  • “Ich Bin Kunst” – Leigh Bowery
  • “Out Of Fashion” – Steve Strange
  • “Il Adore” – Big Sue
  • “Pie in the Sky” – Boy George
  • “Bow Down Mister” – Full Company


  • “Karma Chameleon” – Ensemble
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