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Taboo (2003 Original Broadway Cast) Soundtrack

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If you were in New York when Taboo was in previews, you would have thought that all the show's drama took place backstage instead of on it--reports of clashes between producer Rosie O'Donnell, director Mark Renshaw and various members of the cast (including author-actor Boy George) appeared almost daily. But guess what: The show turned out to be a lot better than its reputation, and based on its two cast albums, the Broadway version even improved on the London one. The book was spruced up by playwright Charles Busch and Boy George tweaked his score, adding for instance the opening number "Freaks/Ode to Attention Seekers." This welcome recording confirms that Taboo is an underestimated show. Pop and theatrical at the same time, it even delivers show-stopping power ballads (Liz McCartney's "Talk Amongst Yourselves," Cary Shields's "I See Through You") that could have a second life on cabaret stage or even American Idol. --Elisabeth Vincentelli

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Freak / Ode to Attention Seekers
  2. Stranger in This World
  3. Safe in the City
  4. Dress to Kill
  5. Genocide Peroxide
  6. I'll Have You All
  7. Sexual Confusion
  8. Pretty Lies
  9. Guttersnipe
  10. Love Is A Question Mark
  11. Do You Really Want To Hurt Me
  12. Church of the Poison Mind / Karma Chameleon
  13. Everything Taboo
  14. Talk Amongst Yourselves
  15. The Fame Game
  16. I See Through You
  17. Ich Bin Kunst
  18. Petrified
  19. Out Of Fashion
  20. Il Adore
  21. Come on in From the Outside


Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 25, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Drg
  • ASIN: B00028HBSY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,889 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I loved the cast - Raul Esparza and Euan Morton did truly remarkable jobs, I always claimed that George O'Dowd's "Ich Bin Kunst" was worth the price of admission itself, and the rest of the ensemble was putting out utterly praiseworthy performances. And I loved every note of the score; it's one of the best pop scores of the last ten years, both in the quality of the songs and in the sense of theatricality they have. The problem was the book of the musical: structurally, it was a mess, and a lot of the book scenes left a lot to be desired. It never came together or was driven by any great dramatic logic - and in live theatre, sadly, great performers and score don't make up for that. I loved Taboo dearly, but at the same time I understood exactly why it failed.

But this is the cast recording of the show, not the show itself - so the book is noticeably not a problem. What's left is solid gold: a score shining bright, the performances noticeably just as crisp as they were on the Plymouth Theatre stage. In fact, to my ears, the album sounds pretty much exactly the same. Esparza, Morton, and O'Dowd are once again the heroes - Morton's haunting voice captivates, Esparza is electric and thrilling as ever, and O'Dowd's performances are remarkable and lack the vocal trouble he seemed to be having onstage. Sarah Uriarte Berry's lovely "Il Adore," stripped of the film projection that upstaged her in the stage show, is allowed to be just a personal moment. Liz McCartney's "Talk Amongst Yourselves" is still effecting, and we have fun with Jeffrey Carlson and Cary Shields as well.

This cast album is, in some ways, a vindication of the Broadway show; it is the gold that shone through the dross of the book and kept a small core of fans coming back for more, and more.
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Taboo has a great score and a great cast to perform it. I saw the show once, not knowing what to expect, but by the first number "Freak/Ode To Attention Seekers" I fell in love with it, and the rest was just as good. The songs are great and the cast is very talented. Someone who would be put off by the visuals of the show should still give the music a try (I got some friends in school to listen who I know would never have seen the show, and they liked the music).

I was disappointed that Boy George's score did not win a Tony, nor did the two actors nominated for their roles, Euan Morton and Raul Esparza, who were fantastic. Sadly, it is too late to see the show anymore, but the music still lives on. This album is a great addition to a CD collection and I reccommend buying it if you have not already done so!
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A really great cast album. I saw the play twice and loved it. I laugh every time I play the CD remembering the wit in a very fond look back at the 80's. Boy George was almost as over the top as Leigh Bowery and his musical numbers are quite a treat. Euan Morton's voice on "Stranger in this World" is moving and seemingly heartfelt. And I just cannot say enough of Jeffrey Carlson's rendition of "Genocide Peroxide" Fabulous!

For the life of me I could not understand why the play was not so well received but after the recent Presidential election I realize that there are not as many open minded people out there as I thought.

The way that "Out of Fashion" uses a line from each previous song I thought was unique and shapes a very interesting song. But the whole CD is really, really worth a listen.
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I was fortunate enough to see this show twice on Broadway and, even though the new book by Charles Busch was a little problematic, the show made me leave the theatre on a natural high. It was very uplifting and the Broadway cast were superlative in their passion onstage and on this recording. I've had this new CD for a couple weeks now and, honestly, it hasn't left my car CD player since.
Once you listen to this CD, spread the word on its joys.
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Despite this being a theatrical score, "Taboo" doubles as a terrific pop cd, filled with many great melodies & messages. Best tracks include:

Stranger In This World

Everything Taboo [great dance song!]

Talk Amongst Yourselves

Out Of Fashion [the voices blend beautifully together]

Il Adore [gut-wrenching song]

It's really too bad the show didn't hang around a bit longer ... maybe it was just ill-timed. I also wish the U.S. version had contained "Touched By The Hand Of Cool", but it was dropped for some reason.

Thanks Rosie for introducing this music to us!
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I absolutely LOVE this soundtrack!!!!! I got it on Saturday, August 21st at Circuit City and is my all time favorite CD right now. I know most of the songs, but I'll learn other songs like ''The Fame Game (aka Fame is What She Wanted),'' ''Talk Amongst Yourselves,'' ''Come On In From the Outside'' and ''Petrified.'' The songs I know are: ''Freak/Ode to Attention Seekers,'' ''Stranger in This World,'' ''Safe in the City,'' ''Dressed to Kill,'' ''Genocide Peroxide (aka Evil),'' ''I'll Have You All,'' ''Sexual Confusion,'' ''Guttersnipe (aka Stars From the Gutter),'' ''Do You Really Want to Hurt Me,'' ''Church of the Poison Mind/Karma Chameleon,'' ''Everything Taboo,'' ''Out of Fashion,'' ''Il Adore,'' and...........

OF COURSE, THE NUMBER 1 TABOO SONG THAT YOU CAN'T HAVE A TABOO CD WITHOUT..........

''ICH BIN KUNST''!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I love that song so much! In fact, it's my favorite Boy George song!

I will also learn ''Love is a Question Mark.'' I love to sing these songs in the car or to my friends in recess at school.
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