Taylor Mac's Holiday Sauce to Return to Town Hall in December
This will be Mac's second holiday installment of the performer's 24-Decade History of Popular Music.
Taylor Mac will return to Town Hall on Tuesday, December 11, for a second holiday installment of Taylor Mac's Holiday Sauce, the latest portion of the artist's award-winning 24-Decade History of Popular Music, which made its debut last December. According to a press release, "the show explores Christmas as calamity, upending our yuletide traditions and celebrating the holiday in all of its dysfunction with the families you choose to love."
For this second New York holiday show, Mac will be joined by longtime collaborators, including costume designer Machine Dazzle, music director Matt Ray, and a band of eight. Conceived, written, performed, codirected, and coproduced by Mac, the creative team for Holiday Sauce includes Ray (musical direction and arrangements), Niegel Smith (codirection), and Machine Dazzle (set and costumes). Special guest performers include Machine Dazzle, Tigger!, Glenn Marla (as Sexual Consent Santa), and the local Dandy Minions, as well as surprise guests.
A 24-Decade History of Popular Music was Mac's multiyear effort to chart a subjective history of the United States through 246 songs that were popular throughout the country — and in its disparate communities — from 1776 to the present day. The work was a finalist for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Mac was recently awarded a 2017 MacArthur Foundation fellowship, also known as the "genius" grant.