Tuner ad-libs lobbing barbs vs. Post critic
With just weeks to go before their final curtain Feb. 8, the cast of “Taboo” have gone on the offensive against their major critic, New York Post theater columnist Michael Riedel.
On any given night, Boy George & Co. ad-lib their way through parts of the show, including a now-familiar exchange that goes something like this:
“A guy named Michael Riedel is at the door. Should I let him in?”
“No, he’s a big, fat cunt .”
Riedel wrote a number of negative articles about the Rosie O’Donnell-backed tuner before it even opened.
Boy George later appeared on Riedel’s public-television show, “Theater Talk,” to defend the tuner, which is loosely based on the singer’s life and 1980s club culture.
“Taboo” book writer Charles Busch isn’t too surprised to hear about the adjustments to his script.
“I’ve been told that George has been ad-libbing lines about Michael Riedel,” Busch says. “I’d prefer if he didn’t. I wonder how many in the audience even know who Michael Riedel is. The days of Walter Winchell are long gone.
“However, George is something of a free spirit, and while it can drive a writer crazy, it is also that spirit that has inspired ‘Taboo.’ “