Rosie O’Donnell has brought in Jeff Calhoun to be a “choreographic consultant” on her new Boy George musical, “Taboo,” set to begin previews Oct. 24 and preem Nov. 13 on Broadway.
A statement from the producer read that Calhoun joins the project “by mutual consent of the entire creative team.” Those creatives most affected are the show’s current director, Chris Renshaw, and choreographer, Mark Dendy, both of whom remain with the tuner. The show is now in tech rehearsals at the Plymouth Theater.
Calhoun won raves earlier this season for his Deaf West staging of “Big River” at the Roundabout’s American Airlines Theater. He also has plans to bring a new tuner, “Brooklyn,” to Broadway next year.
Calhoun’s contributions won’t be the only retooling O’Donnell has ordered for “Taboo.” Before transferring the show to Gotham from London, she brought in Charles Busch (“The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife”) to rewrite the original book by Mark Davies.
Thursday’s statement regarding Calhoun listed O’Donnell and Adam Kenwright as the “Taboo” producers. Recent ads, however, have read “Rosie O’Donnell presents.”
Kenwright produced the show in London. In a recent interview with Variety, the producer said his name would appear in select ads, as well as the theater and Playbill. Now he can add press statements to that list.