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Critics pan Boy George musical.

THE Boy George musical Taboo, a surprise hit in London, seems set for a short run in New York if the Big Apple's critics are right.

The show opened on Broadway last night and was described as "lost and bereft as a wet cod on a fishmonger's slab." by a New York Post critic.

The newspaper's advance publicity for the show had so upset Boy George, who co-wrote and also stars in the musical based on his life, that the pop star banned its critic Michael Riedel from the opening night.

"Fine," said Riedel, "I'll cover the closing next week."

The New York Daily News critic wrote: "The show turns out to be more tedious than awful."

And Ben Brantley in the influential New York Times said the musical is "a disastrously overcrowded tableau of a show about hedonists who hide their hearts ... it is foolishly trying to tell the story of seven different people whose relationships become as entangled as those quaint things called phone cords used to."

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