Eighties pop star Boy George's musical taboo has been mauled by critics after opening on New York's Broadway.

The spectacular show, which is backed and produced by former talk show host ROSIE O'DONNELL, tells the singer's life story and features George as performance artist Leigh Bowery.

Taboo moved to New York after a successful spell in London, but Big Apple critics were unimpressed by preview shows.

The NEW YORK TIMES wrote it is "a disastrously overcrowded tableau of a show", the NEW YORK POST described it as "a production with such an acute case of meaning-deprivation that you almost forget what's happening as it's happening" and national newspaper USA TODAY called it "a delightful experience... if you leave after the first act."

O'Donnell invested $10 million (GBP6.25 million) of her own money in the show - after spotting it in London - and she is unmoved by criticism: "Taboo is a legitimate, knock-'em-down, leave-'em-screaming, worth-a-$100-a-seat Broadway show."

14/11/2003 19:03