August 13, 2001 05:05 PM

More than 200 hopefuls, outfitted to resemble flamboyant ’80s icon Boy George, showed up in London on Friday for a chance for one of them to play the one and only Boy in his autobiographical new musical play “Taboo,” reports Reuters. “The reason we decided on an open audition was because we felt we might easily stumble upon a gem of a person that we might not get from an agency,” said the former singer for Culture Club, 40. He added that the musical, which has 15 new songs and is named for the nightclub where he spent much of his youth, concerns not fitting into society. “There are a lot of people out there who still feel they do not fit in. And I still have people coming up to me and saying, ‘Your childhood was exactly like mine,’ ” he said. “The message really is that no matter what someone looks like, they are still a person and that is what the show is about.” No opening date for the show has yet been reported, nor who will star.

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