“Explosive, spectacular, heartbreaking … this show is everything”
Taylor Mac - A 24-Decade History of Popular Music: The First Act
28 June - 30 June, 7.30pm
Fabulous and fearless, Taylor Mac reframes the social history of America through three decades of song in this no-holds-barred extravaganza of music, art, activism and hugely entertaining mass ritual.
Joined onstage by a 24-piece orchestra and a host of local special guests, New York’s Mac has created a Pulitzer Prize-nominated, once-in-a-lifetime, immersive performance experience in a quest to chronicle how communities grow stronger as they are being torn apart.
Charting the years 1776–1806, he asks the audience to conspire with him to reimagine rebellions, revolutions, triumphs and tragedies. Bawdy pub songs, sea shanties and subversive anthems are rearranged as musical mash-ups to take on a chapter of the defining early years of America’s history.
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“Awake and sing! The church of Taylor Mac has opened its doors. Let the rejoicing begin … Go. Now”
Mercury News, San Francisco
“We were delirious and smitten, sundered and remade … An unutterably brilliant masterwork”
Sydney Morning Herald
“One of the great experiences of my life”
New York Times
Presented by the Barbican and LIFT 2018
Conceived and Co-Directed by Taylor Mac
Musical Direction by Matt Ray
Co-Direction by Niegel Smith
Costumes by Machine Dazzle
Lighting by John Torres
Dramaturgy by Jocelyn Clarke
Produced by Pomegranate Arts and Nature’s Darlings: Linda Brumbach, Executive Producer and Alisa Regas, Associate Producer