Taylor Mac’s A 24-Decade History of Popular Music

Taylor Mac’s A 24-Decade Hi
story of Popular Music

guest performance Pomegranate Arts / Nature’s Darlings, USA / written and performed by Taylor Mac
Foto: Courtesy of Montclair Film Festival / Zeichnung: Stefan MarxFoto: Sarah WalkerFoto: Sarah WalkerFoto: Little FangFoto: Little Fang

Conceived, written, performed and co-directed by                
Taylor Mac

Music Director / Arranger 
Matt Ray

Costume Designer 
Machine Dazzle

Executive Producer
Linda Brumbach 

Associate Producer 
Alice E. Regas 

Taylor Mac is a multi-award-winning playwright, described by TimeOut NY as ‘one of the most exciting theater artists of our time’. His 24-Decade History of Popular Music uses rearrangements of popular songs from 1776 right through to modern-day America to tell the history of the United States from the perspective of marginalised groups, whose stories are often forgotten or ignored. Praised as one of the most spectacular theatre events of the decade, the originally 24-hour concert is now coming to Hamburg’s Thalia Theater in a special edition condensed to a single evening: an exuberant crash course in American culture and queer extravaganza. Incredibly entertaining, opulent and astonishing, this interactive spectacle fuses elements of musical theatre, cabaret, burlesque and drag, and draws on a diverse array of musical styles and artistic voices, from murder ballads to disco, from Walt Whitman to David Bowie. Mac will tailor the selection of songs to Hamburg’s unique history and DNA. As local ‘special guests’ he invited the traditional Hamburg Shanty choir „Windrose“ to perform with him. 

Guest performance Pomegranate Arts / Nature’s Darlings, USA


German premiere of the Hamburg edition


Admission € 16 - 79 

Duration approx. 2h, no intermission

In English


On 10th of February, 6.30 pm, Introduction 

On 11th of February after the show:

Nora Hertlein (curator for international programme) in a conversation with Taylor Mac


 „Taylor Mac’s A 24-Decade History of Popular Music is an ‘unutterably brilliant masterwork” - The Age


„Explosive, spectacular, heartbreaking” - The Guardian


 „The fabulous Taylor Mac gives D.C. a samples of his reinvented Americana" - The Washington Post