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Ny magazine 8 sep 2003

Karma Chameleons

Euan Morton is Boy George, who is Leigh Bowery. Got it?

Euan and George in Taboo
Boys will be boys: Euan Morton as Boy George and Boy George as Leigh Bowery.
(Photo credit: Nobby Clark )

‘Most of my stage work in Britain has been in deep, meaningful plays where people get raped by their fathers and things,” says Euan Morton, Taboo’s 25-year-old star. “So musical theater is new for me.” The hit West End musical about the London club scene of the eighties, which stars Morton as Boy George and, yes, Boy George as Leigh Bowery (the transgendered icon and muse of painter Lucien Freud), opens on Broadway November 13. Some changes will be made (by producer Rosie O’Donnell) for the American audience, but Morton is sure nothing of substance will be lost. “There’s just something so attractive about that period and those costumes,” he says. “It’s a fantasy world.”As for Boy George, “well,” says Morton, “when Culture Club made it big, I was only 5—put that in so George feels ancient—and later, I was far too busy listening to the Carpenters and being suicidally depressed . . . But my mother is a huge Boy George fan.”The physical resemblance is remarkable. “I’ve had people ask me to sign something,” says Morton. “And I’m thinking they’re asking me, Euan—and then they say, ‘I loved your first album.’” —A.C.

Details: Taboo, Plymouth Theatre (opens November 13).

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