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Boy George To Star In Broadway’s Moulin Rouge

Effective 2024 Boy George will be joining the Broadway cast of ‘Moulin Rogue! The Musical.’

On the great white way, the Culture Club frontman will assume the role of Harold Zidler, the owner of the Paris nightclub who acts as a de facto emcee in the musical.

Now 62, the superstar singer/songwriter (born George Alan O’Dowd) told NBC’s ‘Today’ show: “Just being part of an ensemble is really fun. You can’t have an ego, because there’s too many people. It’s about fitting in, especially because everyone’s been doing this show for a while. So, hopefully, they’re going to teach me.”

Following in the footsteps of Eric Anderson who returns to the role from December 19 through February 4 following Tituss Burgess’ stint as Zidler, Boy George will step in from February 6 through May 12 at Broadway’s Al Hirschfeld Theatre.

The Broadway show is a jukebox adaptation of Baz Luhrmann’s 2001 movie in which Jim Broadbent, 74, played Zidler with Nicole Kidman, 56, and Ewan McGregor, 52, starring as tragic lovers Satine and Christian.

The 2021 production received 14 nominations at the Tony Award and won 10 accolades, including Best Musical.

Based on the book by John Logan, the show is directed by Alex Timbers and choreography by Sonya Tayeh, with Justin Levine providing music supervision, orchestrations and arrangements with a score that includes such pop hits such as ‘Firework’ by Katy Perry, ‘Chandelier’ by Sia, ‘Roxanne’ by The Police and Florence and the Machine’s ‘Shake It Out.’

Boy George – who conquered the international pop music charts in the 1980s with Culture Club – last appeared on Broadway back in 2003 in ‘Taboo’, a musical about the fashionable 1980s London nightclub of the same name for which Boy George wrote the music and lyrics and also portrayed Leigh Bowery. Parts of the short-lived production were semi-biographical.

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Author: Saul Goode

Photo: Eva Rinaldi