Taylor Mac
An Abridged Concert of The History of Political Popular Music


“It’s not just that his delivery is flawless. It’s not just that he’s beautiful and charming. It’s that his smart, funny, tragic songs are life-affirming in their universality . . . Quite the most distinctive and brilliant performer I’ve witnessed in ages." —The Scotsman

Taylor Mac (who prefers the pronoun ‘judy’), the “ragingly original and bracingly radical [and] best cabaret performer” of New York (TimeOut), and judy’s band make their MCA Stage debut in this incredible visual feast and concert. The Obie Award–winning playwright, actor, and singer-songwriter transforms into a bedazzled creature who leads us into a decidedly personal history of music, ideas, and ways of being—in a hilarious and healing performance ritual.

Mac delves deep into the history of political popular music for this performance, the latest in judy’s series of concerts exploring the last 240 years of popular songs in America. Funny and moving with a sweet, powerful voice, judy has the bantering skills of a veteran drag artist, “yet [judy] can shift effortlessly to a more somber tone when [judy] wants to drive home a message” (New York Times).

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Taylor Mac, History of Popular Music Photo: Niall Walker


One of this country’s most heroic and disarmingly funny playwrights.

—American Theater Magazine