A 24-Decade History of Popular Music

The award-winning playwright, actor, and singer/songwriter Taylor Mac brings his critically acclaimed “sequined hit parade” (The New York Times) to the Curran. IN TAYLOR MAC’S A 24-DECADE HISTORY OF POPULAR MUSIC, Taylor takes the audience on a decade by decade journey through the American songbook, exploring how the hits of the day mirrored the sign of the times. The Curran is proud to co-commission this ambitious work and present the first six decades beginning with the birth of the nation in 1776, here in the city that inspired him to create it. The multi-year development of this piece will culminate in a one-time-only full 24-hour performance in 2016. Don’t miss this incredible musical event, performed by “one of the most exciting theater artists of our time.” (Time Out New York)

Curran: Under Construction is proud to present 3 performances of the first 3 decades: 1776 - 1806; 2 performances of the second 3 decades: 1806 - 1836, and 1 marathon, 6-hour performance of the first 6 decades together.

“Fabulousness can come in many forms and Taylor Mac seems intent on assuming every one of them.” -The New York Times

  • Created, Written, Co-Directed and Performed by Taylor Mac
  • Co-Directed by Niegel Smith
  • Music Direction by Matt Ray
  • Costumes by Machine Dazzle
  • Co- Produced by Pomegranate Arts and Nature’s Darlings


A 24-DECADE HISTORY OF POPULAR MUSIC is commissioned by Carole Shorestein Hays, Curran; Carolina Performing Arts, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA; Hancher Auditorium at the University of Iowa; New Haven Festival of Arts & Ideas; New York Live Arts; OZ Arts Nashville; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; and commissioned in part by Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and developed with the support of the Park Avenue Armory residency program and the 2015 Sundance Institute Theatre Lab at the Sundance Resort. A 24-DECADE HISTORY OF POPULAR MUSIC was made possible with funding by the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Theater Project, with lead funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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