Moulin Rouge: Boy George of the iconic band Culture Club has returned to Broadway in a concert he calls ‘a slap of joy’.

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“I’m not really rock ‘n’ roll,” he says, laughing. “I’m more frock ‘n’ roll.”

The singer-songwriter and heartthrob of the iconic band Culture Club is currently playing impresario in the Tony-award-winning red mill In New York City through May 12.

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Boy George is starring in Moulin Rouge on Broadway through May. (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

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“One of the great things about red millWhich proves my point, is that pop music works in a dramatic space and dramatic music works in a pop space,” says Boy George.

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In a recent conversation, he spoke with The Associated Press about returning to the Great White Way, his musical inspirations and how mellow he is.

AP: Welcome back to Broadway. How does it feel in comparison Prohibition,

Boy George: It’s very different from my previous experience, because, obviously, breaking into a show on Broadway is a completely different story. Stepping into this big, noisy, colorful show is a completely different experience.

AP: Is singing live with a band very different from being part of a stage show?

Boy George: It’s very different because you’re the boss. You get to decide what happens. If you want things to stop or change or take a different direction, you can do that. you are in charge. And in this type of environment, you are part of a very well-run dramatic machine.

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Boy George, pictured here with the Culture Club, has been on Broadway before. (Getty)

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AP: You get to sing some Culture Club songs at the end of each show, do you really want to Hurt Me And Karma Chameleon, Is he funny?

Boy George: If you want an honest answer, I would have picked 100 other songs besides those two, because I don’t think they’re necessarily the most important things I’ve done.

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Boy George: One of the great things about it red mill Is this such a slap of happiness? It doesn’t need me, so I just add something. do you understand? It works without me. But if you can bring something more to it, that’s very exciting.

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AP: There are old and new songs in the show. Do you find many fans who are going back to find the roots of today’s music?

Boy George: There’s a lot of kids that dig a little deeper the way I did. When I was a kid, I could concentrate on whatever was on the radio, but I looked at my parents’ record collection. I went to junk shops and found albums like, “Oh, that looks interesting. Who’s this?” I had that kind of pioneering spirit of figuring things out. Even now, I get excited to discover a singer I didn’t know about.

AP: You’ve got tattoos of musicians like Marc Bolan of T. Rex and David Bowie. Are these two in your music too?

Boy George: I think all great music is a mixture of everything you love. You know, people say to me all the time, “Oh, it sounds like Bowie.” And I say, “Not by chance!”

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AP: What’s it like making new music for you?

Boy George: You’re always diving into a wealth of ideas. There’s a huge variety of creative pantries that you go into and depending on your mood, you can pick something from Nina Simone. You might find some Drake and think, “Oh, that’s interesting. What would Bowie do with Drake?” I think like this: What would Bowie do with a disco track?

AP: You seem to always be releasing new music. Instagram, Or with the band We’re Brando, or on for argie Song music.

Boy George: I’m probably the most talented songwriter I know. I just write every day. I’m not saying every single one of them is a gem, but I think as you keep working, you get better at it, you know? When people talk about writer’s block, what do they mean? Because every word you could possibly use already exists. Where is the barrier?

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AP: What comes first for you – the melody or the words?

Boy George: I listen to a tune and then think of a really interesting lyric. I always think that if you find what you want to say, you’ll find a way to say it.

AP: In your latest memoir, karma, you write that you have become more compassionate toward yourself and others. It’s good, isn’t it?

Boy George: If you had told me 10 years ago, 20 years ago that I could really change the way I thought about things, I would have laughed at you. I’d say, “Yeah, no, I’m definitely stubborn and opinionated.” And, you know, it’s quite nice to know that you’re wrong.

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