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A History of Popular Music in Taylor Mac style

The Californian playwright and performance artist Taylor Mac last night coaxed, cajoled, called out and soothed a captive audience who revelled in the interactive carnivalesque chaos of cabaret. His epic 24-Decade History of Popular Music – first mounted in the States – was truncated into a three-hour slab of sparkling drag and musical theatre that incorporates Lindsay Kemp, Sally Bowles, Ziggy Stardust, Bjork and Bea Arthur in its delivery, glamorous costumes (by Machine Dazzle) and vocal prowess. Assisted by a wonderful orchestra, po-faced temperance choir and guest appearance by Le Gateau Chocolat, he interprets through the prism of queer outsider experience popular songs of the decades 1776-1806. So there aren’t any Taylor Swift songs or many others that are familiar. This is the third time I’ve seen one his shows in London and he is on for two more nights. The link explains more about this show.

“One of the greatest experiences of my life” – New York Times

Taylor Mac – A 24-Decade History of Popular Music: The First Act, runs 28-30 June 2018 at the Barbican Theatre, London