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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

McCarter Theatre Center has full slate of holiday events

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Sure, McCarter Theatre Center celebrates the holiday season in high fashion with its annual production of A Christmas Carol and an appearance by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra with The Messiah (not to mention the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Bach Brandenburgs and ARB’s annual production of The Nutcracker)…but what if the usual holiday fare is not your cup of nog? If that’s the case, McCarter has two shows in mind for you. Get ready for two very different cabaret acts, appearances by Christine Ebersole with Big News from Winnetka, and Taylor Mac with two nights of Walt Whitman vs. Stephen Foster: Songs Popular Near the Breaking Point, 1846-56.


CHRISTINE EBERSOLE - Big Noise from Winnetka

Saturday, DECMEBER 12 – 8:00 p.m.

Berlind Stage - Tickets: $70.00

 ebersole A longtime fixture of the New York cabaret scene, two-time Tony Award-winner Christine Ebersole has her first new show in two years: Big Noise from Winnetka. Extended twice during its initial run at NYC’s 54 Below, the show was created by Ms. Eberbsole together with her longtime music director Bette Sussman, incorporating such song selections as Alfie, Woodstock, Landslide, and Ain’t No Mountain High Enough. Ben Brantley of the New York Times said it best: “Listening to the range of her technique packed into her unmissable cabaret set pushed my admiration into something like awe.”

TAYLOR MAC
A 24-Decade History of Popular Music - WALT WHITMAN vs. STEPHEN FOSTER: SONGS POPULAR NEAR THE BREAKING POINT, 1846-1856

TUESDAY and WEDNESDAY, DEC. 15-16

Berlind Stage – Tickets: $45.00

t m “Fabulousness can come in many forms, and Taylor Mac seems intent on assuming every one of them.” – The New York Times
“A 24-Decade History of Popular Music is, like many things that spring from the mind of Taylor Mac, an absolute marvel.” – CultureBot


From the author of off-Broadway’s smash hit HIR, comes a show for the books…the history books. For the past 17 years, playwright, actor, and singer/songwriter Taylor Mac has created events that provoke and embrace his diverse audience. His current project gives new meaning to the word ambitious: a concert series celebrating the last 240 years of popular music in America. Broken in to ten-year segments, this massive project moves through the history of America, told through a heady concoction of Mac’s unique lensing and the popular songs of the period.

For these two McCarter performances, Mac will be joined by a muscular six-piece band as they perform Walt Whitman vs. Stephen Foster: Songs Popular Near the Breaking Point, a showdown between Walt Whitman, the Bard of Democracy, and Stephen Foster, the father of American music. First performed in 2013 at Lincoln Center, this concert highlights Mac’s love of Walt Whitman, who Mac considers an icon of the 19th century LGBTQ community.

Seeing Taylor Mac live defies description, so don’t take our word for it. Here’s a look at Taylor Mac in a recent version of the 24-Decade project: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfcmIPYSy0M

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