A 24-Decade History of Popular Music
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A 24-Decade History of Popular Music
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A 24-Decade History of Popular Music NYC Reviews and Tickets

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(27 Reviews)
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96%
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Ambitious, Must see, Great singing, Absorbing, Clever

About the Show

St. Ann's Warehouse presents the world premiere of Taylor Mac's complete, eight-part performance series on the history of American music.

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Member Reviews (27)

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Epic, Great singing, Great staging, Ambitious, Must see

See it if you want to experience true art and beauty! One of the most original, honest entertaining enjoyable evenings in recent memory!

Don't see it if you don't/won't think outside the box. This is pretty straight forward but not at all business as usual. It's quirky and kinky fun!

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Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Dizzying

See it if You want to see a completely unique piece of entertainment - a cabaret on steroids that pushes your buttons while making you laugh.

Don't see it if You dislike audience interaction or aren't willing to give yourself over to a fun experience that you'll likely never have in a theater.

Critic Reviews (9)

The New York Times
September 21st, 2016

"Mr. Mac’s production is a hyperextended song cycle blended liberally with inspired patter, history viewed through a queer prism, elaborate audience-involving theatrical gambits and the occasional guest star. I have seen half of the production and can attest to its glittering uniqueness: the most spectacular drag act imaginable, combined with superb musicianship and generous doses of progressive gender politics."
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The New York Times
October 10th, 2016

"Mac gave me one of the great experiences of my life. I’ve slept on it, and I’m sure. It wasn’t simply the physical feat...An entire day of all that prowess, energy and virtuosity would have been astounding. But Mr. Mac is also a devastatingly intelligent artist of conflation...Not everything in '24-Decade' worked...His moral grasp of the larger picture costs him the richness of the smaller, human one...But the show got its power from Mr. Mac’s larger, subjective moral force."
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Time Out New York
September 16th, 2016

"There is so much art genius rampaging through St. Ann’s Warehouse...'Perfection is for assholes,' Mac states quite perfectly, forging beauty from pain and failure...It was three hours without intermission, pure anarchic and, yes, exhausting bliss. Folks were encouraged to stand and tell their most humiliating puke stories. Oh, look: I’ve run out of words; thank the angels and devils Taylor Mac never will."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
September 16th, 2016

"This is not regular theater. It’s not even a regular concert...Mac is basically performing a nightclub act in a very special club, one built around and for the gifts of people not usually welcome, except as freaks, in mainstream settings...Mac sings very well indeed, and the arrangements by Matt Ray are often spellbinding...Mac’s vision of our country treats history itself as a kind of music, always alive when you sing it for someone."
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AM New York
September 18th, 2016

"Mac focuses each decade on a different historical theme or event using fanciful storytelling, personal anecdotes and songs from the time...Once each hourlong segment ends, he quickly changes into a new equally elaborate and outrageous wardrobe and headdress and emerges anew, still full of energy...Anyone who appreciates wild and crazy theater, cabaret and/or performance art is strongly encouraged to check out at least one installment of this unforgettable set of history lessons."
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Exeunt Magazine
October 19th, 2016

"The most profound experience I’ve had, and will surely remain the experience to which I aspire as an artist and human for the rest of my life...A standing ovation so immediate and so deserved the lights aren’t even completely out in the final blackout before the audience is on its feet screaming and banging the chairs on the floor because simply clapping is an inadequate showcase of our appreciation to Taylor for having made it through this beast of a show...I am irreparably changed."
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New York Theater
October 3rd, 2016

"Mac’s outrageous, outlandish, offensive, raunchy, insightful, inspired, sometimes hilarious, sometimes moving, sometimes thrilling, once-in-a-lifetime theatrical event...The term 'concert' feels inadequate–just as calling Mac a drag act doesn’t get anywhere close to describing the artist’s extraordinary talent and breadth of ambition...'A 24-Decade History' is as much an American cultural and political history–and the weirdest fashion show this season—as it is a history of the nation’s music."
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Broadway & Me
October 1st, 2016

"I caught Part VI, which I selected because I wanted to see how he did with the heart of the Great American Songbook. He does great. He camps it up with total abandon one minute and in the next minute, he delivers moving renditions of classic songs all beautifully arranged...I'm not a big audience participation fan but Mac creates such a joyous environment that I found myself joining in...I'm glad for the three hours I got. And the merriment continued right through to the end."
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Village Voice
October 12th, 2016

"'Concert' doesn't begin to cover it. The piece is an endurance feat for Mac, his band, and the audience...It's a fashion spectacular, showcasing costume designer Machine Dazzle's wildly inventive creations. It's a series of pointed meditations on race, class, and gender in America...It's also an exercise in community building, among performers and spectators, together in a room for 24 hours. We sing along together, sprawl on the floor together, and eat together."
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