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Paul Baker reprises Taboo role for new London run

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Paul Baker is to reprise his Olivier Award-winning role as Philip Salon in the revival of the Boy George musical Taboo.

Baker won Best Supporting Actor in a Musical at the 2003 Olivier Awards for playing the role when the production originally ran in London in 2002.

He said he was “really excited about being asked to play Philip Salon” this September, when the musical will play at the Brixton Club House.

Boy George, speaking at the launch of the production yesterday, said Baker “will hold the whole thing together”.

“He’s hilarious and he’s got an amazing voice,” he added.

Alongside Baker, many of the show’s original creative team have been lined up to work on the new production, including co-costume designer Mike Nicholls and hair and make-up designer, Christine Bateman.

The set for the revival will be designed by Tim Goodchild.

In a statement about the show, the producers, Danielle Tarento and Bronia Buchanan, said Goodchild is working with director Christopher Renshaw to “realise the site specific environment of the world of Taboo”.

George told The Stage he “always thought Taboo was ahead of its time” and had “harboured the idea it would come back”. “It’s happened by accident really, like most beautiful things. We did a deal with Stage Licensed Entertainment Productions, who only promised that within three years there would be a production. They put the book into their programme at the beginning of the year and this happened,” he said.

George added he was planning on writing a new song for the show, and added that, when he was first approached to do Taboo, he insisted that it featured new songs.

“Do You Really Want To Hurt Me? is a really cool pop song but I would be happy not to have any of my hits in there. The songs are strong enough without them. And that is great. For me, this is the thing I am most proud of musically, no question,” he said.

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