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A 24-Decade History of Popular Music

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Members say: 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. More…

Taylor Mac’s glittering performance art concerts chart a (highly) subjective history of popular music and activism in America from the nation’s founding in 1776 to the present day. Created with a bevy of collaborators and guest stars, this run is the first time Mac will perform the complete 24-decade history in its entirety. Audiences can choose from eight separate acts, or catch the one-time-only 24-hour marathon without intermission! 

3h 0m | Already closed | St Ann's Warehouse (Brooklyn)

Member Reviews (27)

MEMBERS SAY:

Ambitious, Must see, Great singing, Absorbing, Clever
94
Avg Score

95
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!

96
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.

60
Sequins, enthusiasm, (sorry) yawn!

See it if You love Taylor Mac (and you should) and you are ready for a slow moving history of American song (queer version).

Don't see it if You haven't had your required sleep. I love Taylor (12 shows) but acoustics are poor, the songs just crawl. The interstitial stuff is fun.

96
Riveting entertainment

See it if It;'s humorous, it's relevant, it's outrageous, irreverent,enjoyable and seemingly endless.

Don't see it if You are homophobic, tone-deaf,not interested in history or talent and don't have 24 hours to spend immersed in a unique world not your own.

Also This definitely was one of the most memorable theatrical experiences o... Read more Read less

97
Clever, Ambitious, Great singing, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if you like outrageous things. If you want to see a brilliantly conceived show.

Don't see it if don't like some participation. It's brilliant. Go!!

97
Delightful, Funny, Ambitious, Refreshing, Great staging

See it if you love Taylor Mac and admire his creative talent, wild costumes, and unique singing. Be part of this once-in-a-lifetime theatrical event.

Don't see it if you dislike participatory theater, sexual innuendo, lots of glitter/glitz/glamour, and a thought-provoking look at our history through song.

96
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great singing, Great staging, Epic

See it if you like creative and informative performance art by an intelligent, flamboyant actor and you have the ability to stay up for 24 hours!

Don't see it if you don't have the stamina to watch for 24 continuous hours (or 3 for the shorter shows) or if you don't like "out there" performance art.

Also The 24-hour performance was truly one of the most amazing experiences ... Read more Read less

99
Masterful, Must see, Original, Profound, Refreshing

See it if you want to experience community and theatre; be challenged and engaged; and are looking for pure fun with a dose of hard truth.

Don't see it if you enjoy more traditional theatrical forms of storytelling and prefer to simply watch and not participate in the act of creation.

100
Beautiful, Must see, Challenging, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if you want to see something that will make you feel alive and make you think. It's political, beautiful, masterful, and gleefully imperfect.

Don't see it if I can't think of a reason not to see this, if you are a traditionalist Mac seeks to open your mind

95
Masterful, Ambitious, Raunchy

See it if You want to see a true original and are intrigued by pop music in an historical context.

Don't see it if You prefer gender to be uncomplicated.

95
Ambitious, Intelligent, Refreshing, Gorgeous, Unique

See it if you're a fan, love cabaret, drag, costumes, burlesque, are interested in history and/or the history of music, celebrate representation.

Don't see it if you're uncomfortable with (gentle & intelligent) audience participation, gender discussion makes you uncomfortable, you don't like singing.

95
Clever, Ambitious, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing

See it if You want to learn some history and challenge it. You want to hear period songs in a contemporary way with big, glam costumes.

Don't see it if You don't want to leave your comfort zone. You just want to sit and listen--The show is interactive at times.

Also Taylor Mac is a genius and a star. The musicians are great as well. It... Read more Read less

98
Masterful, Must see, Profound, Quirky, Exquisite

See it if I saw the Abridged Version (only 2hours) and even in that form, Taylor Mac and the show are thrilling. See it!

Don't see it if I can't think of a reason not to see it

Also One of the most extraordinary nights I've ever spent in the theater. W... Read more Read less

100
Dizzying, Ambitious, Great acting, Great singing, Epic

See it if You like shows which explore American history from an outsider's point of view, which involve the audience and you become part of the show.

Don't see it if You aren't up for an examination of the dark side of the American experience.

95
Absorbing, Clever, Enchanting, Refreshing, Original

See it if you love a critical look at US History, songs from decades past and enjoy being surprised by a show. An absolute joy that will stay with you

Don't see it if You're not interested in an rough, sometimes raunchy show that will likely involve your participation, and make you rethink US culture.

100
Enchanting, Exquisite, Funny, Ambitious, Must see

See it if you want to see one of today's greatest performers in an event that will soon be considered legendary.

Don't see it if you really, really don't like audience participation (as opposed to the general dislike most people have).

Also This isn't quite a fair review, as the remaining shows will have diffe... Read more Read less

100
Ambitious, Great singing, Great staging, Epic, Must see

See it if you love unique music-filled productions compellingly dealing with American history. Enjoy shows that involve the audience.

Don't see it if you hate shows requiring audience involvement, are averse to drag performance & a bit of nudity, You need traditional plot driven narrative.

Also Only caught two 3 hour sections of the show. They were two of the most... Read more Read less

100
Ambitious, Great singing, Intelligent, Enchanting, Resonant

See it if you want an incredibly well-conceived and performed piece that pushes our history through a queer lens- an event that will become legendary.

Don't see it if You're staunchly, closed-mindedly conservative. Even then, Taylor Mac will probably win you over- by force, if necessary.

Also Sorry, Tony Kushner- this gay fantasia on national themes makes Angels... Read more Read less

98
Clever, Enchanting, Ambitious, Relevant, Quirky

See it if See it if you're up for something completely different from mainstream, into Americana, queer art, activism, drag, eccentric performance art

Don't see it if Don't see it if you're a boring person. This is not the show for you if you're only into family-friendly mainstream Disneyfied Broadway crap

90
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if you want an experience you cannot get anywhere else - a water cooler moment

Don't see it if you have a bad back (so many of the hours have you sit on the floor!) or are at all prudish

90
Absorbing, Clever, Ambitious, Delightful

See it if Your enjoy performance art, are interested in seeing history presented from a unique perspective, are willing to play along.

Don't see it if you're homophobic, are looking for an arced narrative, a story, don't like over-the-top costumes

95
Entertaining, Must see, Thought-provoking, Masterful, Hilarious

See it if You are excited about audience participation, you are looking for a crazy treat that leaves you excited about life. TAYLOR MAC IS BRILLIANT!

Don't see it if You dislike nudity or audience participation or fun or thinking or entertainment. It's a must see.. if you can get tickets!

100
Absorbing, Ambitious, Edgy, Epic, Thought-provoking

See it if you are willing to be awake for 24 hours in a theatre, you enjoy popular music, you like a lot of spectacle, you like audience participation

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with nudity, don't have the stamina for a 24 hour show

100
Ambitious, Must see, Masterful, Thought-provoking, Hilarious

See it if you believe in the power of theater, want to be entertained and moved, changed by a piece of art, have ever felt left out.

Don't see it if you are scared to interact with others.

100
Ambitious, Exquisite, Entertaining, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if One of the most beautiful pieces of theater I have ever seen.

Don't see it if Dont see this if you dont like LGBT themes.


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...
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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 ...
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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 mo...
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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...
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