Boy George to join Moulin Rouge! on Broadway

The iconic front-man of Culture Club is joining the cast of ‘Moulin Rouge! the Musical’ on Broadway next year.

Expressing his excitement, Boy George, 62, shared with NBC’s ‘Today’ show, he will be taking on the role of Harold Zidler, the owner of the Paris nightclub who serves as a de facto emcee in the musical.

“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,” he said.

His stint will commence on February 6 and conclude on May 12 at Broadway’s Al Hirschfeld Theatre.

The role of Harold Zidler is currently portrayed by Eric Anderson, who will return to the part from December 19 to February 4 after Tituss Burgess completes his run as Zidler.

‘Moulin Rouge! The Musical’ is a jukebox adaptation of Baz Luhrmann’s 2001 film. In the movie, the character Zidler was played by Jim Broadbent, with Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor as the tragic lovers Satine and Christian, respectively.

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

Directed by Alex Timbers, the musical features a book by John Logan, choreography by Sonya Tayeh, and music supervision, orchestrations, and arrangements by Justin Levine.

The score includes popular hits like Katy Perry’s ‘Firework,’ Sia’s ‘Chandelier,’ The Police’s ‘Roxanne,’ and Florence and the Machine’s ‘Shake It Out,’ among others.

This marks Boy George’s return to Broadway since his appearance in ‘Taboo’ in 2003. ‘Taboo’ was a musical about the fashionable 1980s London nightclub of the same name, where Boy George wrote the music and lyrics and also portrayed Leigh Bowery. Parts of the production were semi-biographical.

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