Taylor Mac
Hop Film Event

Taylor Mac's 24-Decade History of Popular Music

with Taylor Mac in person!
May 28, 2024

This event occurred as part of the 23/24 Hop Film Event season. This is an archived view.

A glittering behind-the-scenes look at drag artist Taylor Mac's 24-hour magnum opus, which offers an alternate take on US history through popular music from 1776 to the present.

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Taylor Mac's 24-Decade History of Popular Music | Official Trailer | HBO


Hop audiences may remember seeing the first three "decades" of Taylor Mac's show in 2015, with gleeful reexaminations of "Yankee Doodle Dandy" and other staples of the American songbook. This is your chance to see where the rest of this glamorous journey through US history goes, what songs  Taylor identifies as most significant and the hourly costume transformations that made the show unforgettable. 

Created with a bevy of collaborators, including music director / arranger Matt Ray, co-director Niegel Smith, 2015 MacArthur Fellow Mimi Lien, lighting designer John Torres, and longtime fellow traveler and costume provocateur Machine Dazzle, this unique mash-up of music, history, performance, and art is the stuff of legend. This documentary condenses the 24-hour masterpiece into a 106 minute feast for the eyes, ears, heart and mind.

D: Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, US, 2023, 1h46m

Taylor Mac is the first American to receive the International Ibsen Award. Mac (who uses the pronoun judy) is also a MacArthur Fellow, a Pulitzer Prize Finalist, a Tony nominee for Best Play and the recipient of the Kennedy Prize (with Matt Ray), the Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, a Guggenheim, the Herb Alpert Award, a Drama League Award, the Helen Merrill Playwriting Award, the Booth, two Helpmann Awards, a NY Drama Critics Circle Award, two Obies, two Bessies and an Ethyl Eichelberger. An alumnus of New Dramatists, judy is the author of Bark of Millions and The Hang (with composer Matt Ray); Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus; A 24-Decade History of Popular Music; Prosperous Fools; The Fre; Hir; The Walk Across America for Mother Earth; The Lily's Revenge; The Young Ladies Of; Red Tide Blooming; The Be(A)st of Taylor Mac; and the revues Comparison is Violence; Holiday Sauce; and The Last Two People on Earth: an Apocalyptic Vaudeville (created with Mandy Patinkin and Susan Stroman).

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