While the war continues between Rosie O’Donnell and her ex-magazine publisher, Gruner + Jahr, in a downtown courtroom, the entertainer appears to be facing an uptown battle, too — with her $10 million Broadway show “Taboo,” based on the ’80s music and story of Boy George.
The New York Post reports that the show is destined for disaster and suggests that the cast is assuming a crash position before facing the critics for its Nov. 13 opening.
Blame is being placed on O’Donnell’s novice-producer status, as well as her time being consumed by her legal fight with G + J. Both sides are suing each other (G + J for $100 million, O’Donnell for $125 million) over the 2002 demise of Rosie magazine.
As for “Taboo,” for which O’Donnell, 41, is the sole means of financial support, original director Christopher Renshaw was said to be on his way out (per O’Donnell’s wishes), to be replaced by “The Rocky Horror Show” revival director Chris Ashley, the Post reports.
But Boy George, who plays a role in the show, balked at that decision, remaining faithful to Renshaw and therefore halting a reportedly much-needed overhaul, says the Post.
A spokesman for “Taboo” tells the newspaper that the musical will open as planned next Thursday.
Furthermore, “There will be no further additions … to the creative team,” says the rep. “The producers have considered a variety of options during the preview period and are very pleased with the progress that’s been made by the entire ‘Taboo’ creative team.”