The Apollo Celebrates its 90th Anniversary on January 26, 2024

 

 

 

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January 26, 2024, marks the 90th Anniversary of The Apollo. Since its inception, The Apollo has been a beacon of innovation and a driving force for creativity, not only within Harlem and New York but also around the world. To commemorate the occasion, The Apollo is thrilled to announce a social media campaign designed to engage the community in celebrating the rich tapestry of memories woven into its legacy. #Apollo90 encourages individuals to participate by sharing their special moments under the iconic marquee, contributing to a digital mosaic that captures the diversity and vibrancy of The Apollo’s impact over the decades.

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The Apollo Theater to Hold Auditions for Amateur Night in September ~ Let’s See Whatcha Got!

 

 

 

Amateur Night at the Apollo. Photo by Shahar Azran. Image courtesy Apollo Theater.

On Saturday, September 9, The Apollo (253 W. 125th Street) will hold in-person auditions for its signature program, Amateur Night at The Apollo, the quintessential talent competition and one of the longest-running events in the world. Taking place at The Apollo’s Historic Theater on a first-come, first-served basis from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST, Amateur Night producers will audition the first 200 vocalists, rappers, dancers, instrumentalists, comedians, spoken-word artists, and other performers vying for a coveted spot on The Apollo’s stage, where they will compete for a chance to win the $20,000 Grand Prize during the 2023-24 season. Contestants between the ages of 5 and 17 will audition for a spot in the “Child Star of Tomorrow” category and a $5,000 prize. The chosen artists will compete next year in front of the famous live— and very vocal— audience at The Apollo. In addition to in-person auditions, The Apollo will continue to accept online audition submissions year-round.

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The Apollo Theater & Ta-Nehisi Coates Announce [at] The Intersection ~ an Inaugural Festival of Arts & Ideas

 

 

 

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The Apollo and Ta-Nehisi Coates, Apollo’s Master Artist in Residence announced today that they will be launching [at] The Intersection, The Apollo’s Festival of Arts & Ideas. The three-day event will be held from Friday, October 6- Sunday, October 8, 2023 at The Apollo’s Historic Theater. Early access festival passes are available for purchase Here.

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The Apollo Theater to Premiere Multidisciplinary Projects Across The Apollo Stages at The Apollo and Victoria Theaters with Curtain to Rise in Winter, 2023

 

 

 

(Rendering of the future Historic Theater lobby photo. Credit: Charcoalblue, Beyer Blinder Belle, and Flyleaf Creative)

The Apollo announced today its 2023 cohort of artists for its Apollo New Works initiative, an initiative which champions artistic development and allows artists across disciplines to incubate and present new works across The Apollo’s stages—its Historic Theater, Soundstage, and The Apollo’s Victoria Theater, which will open this winter. The series of commissions will feature world premiere performances, festivals, and programs rooted in music, dance, theater, poetry, and more, by an award-winning group of artists including: vertical dance company Bandaloop with composer/violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain, composer Billy Childs, playwright Francisca Da Silveira, actor Kevin R. Free, multimedia artist Ebony Noelle Golden, vibraphonist Stefon Harris, photographer Alex Harsley and the E. 4th Street Photo Gallery, choreographer Aku Kadogo and poet jessica Care moore, sculptor Jonathan Payne, American blues and soul singer Martha Redbone,musical duo Soul Science Lab (Chen Lo and Asante Amin), playwright Talvin Wilkes, and playwright Nathan Yungerberg, and The Apollo’s current Master Artist in Residence Kamasi Washington.

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It’s Time to Show ‘Em Whatcha Got ~ Amateur Night Auditions at Historic Apollo Theater March 25th

 

 

 

Amateur Night courtesy The Apollo Theater

Since 1934, aspiring performers have come to The Apollo to “Be Good or Be Gone!” On Saturday, March 25 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., The Apollo (253 W. 125th Street) will hold live auditions for its signature program, Amateur Night at The Apollo, the quintessential talent competition and one of the longest-running events in the world.

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KWANZAA: A Regeneration Celebration at The Apollo Theater December 30, 2022

 

 

 

Image courtesy of The Apollo Theater. Image Credit: Shahar Azran Photography

The Annual Kwanzaa celebration returns to The Apollo Theater as an in-person event for the first time in two years, offering attendees the opportunity to experience the cultural importance and collective Black joy that characterize the holiday. Kwanzaa: A Regeneration Celebration will take place on Friday, December 30 at 7:30pm EST, anchored by performances from renowned New York-based dance company Abdel Salaam’s Forces of Nature Dance Theatre—the creative force behind the 40-year tradition which blends contemporary modern, West African, house, and hip-hop dance styles—as well as special guest artist, Haitian American singer Pauline Jean. Also featured will be the young people of the Forces of Nature/Harlem Children’s Zone Youth Arts Academy of Dance and Wellness, performing under the direction of Jae Ponder.

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CEO Jonelle Procope Set to Step Down in 2023 as Historic Apollo Theater Moves Forward with $70M Capital Campaign

 

 

 

Jonelle Procope. Photo Nicole Mondestin Photography

Jonelle Procope, President and CEO of the Apollo, announced today that after two decades of leading the iconic cultural and civic non-profit dedicated to providing a platform for Black creativity, she will step down on June 30, 2023. Ms. Procope’s leadership, first as a member of the board and then as president and CEO, has transformed a venue that was in disrepair into an internationally recognized cultural institution, expanding it into the largest African American performing arts presenting organization with one of the most diverse boards and audiences in the country. Throughout her tenure, the Apollo has also served as an anchor for the revitalization of legendary 125th Street in Harlem and as a center for community and national discourse.

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The Apollo Theater Launches Fall/Winter 2022 Season: ‘The Next Movement’

 

 

 

Image courtesy of The Apollo Theater. Image Credit: Shahar Azran Photography

Today, the legendary Apollo announced its upcoming fall/winter 2022 season, featuring a variety of offerings from conversations with prominent figures and acclaimed dance works to Grammy-winning vocalists, emerging comedians, and more.

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The Apollo Theater Unveils 2022 Winter/Spring Season!

 

 

 

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The Apollo announced details of its Winter/Spring 2022 season, with an array of free and ticketed programming in-person at the Apollo’s historic theater and online on the Apollo’s Digital Stage Highlights include the long-anticipated return of the Amateur Night at the Apollo competition on Wednesday, February 16 at 7:30pm EST; Apollo Master Artist-in-Residence Ta-Nehisi Coates and The Roots’ Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter, in conversation; the Lyricist Lounge 30th Anniversary Concert featuring hip-hop trailblazers to be announced; the premiere of The Gathering: A Collective Ring Shout, co-presented by the American Composers Orchestra and the Apollo and co-curated by National Black Theatre; the return of Africa Now! featuring East African jazz vocalist and Grammy nominee Somi; and more. The non-profit Apollo’s season centers Black artists and voices from the African Diaspora with myriad opportunities for artists and audiences to come back together at the iconic theater.

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A Fabulous Fall/Winter 2021/2022 Season Announced at The Apollo Theater

 

 

 

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The Apollo today announced details of its fall 2021 season, taking place in-person at the Apollo and online on the Apollo’s Digital Stage. The season features a broad range of free and ticketed events and programs, paying tribute to the Apollo’s legendary community of artists and highlighting new works and commissions. Highlights include in-person auditions for Amateur Night at the Apollo in October ahead of the long-anticipated February 16, 2022 return of the original, legendary talent show; a preview of upcoming projects from an array of Apollo New Works artists; an Apollo Film Presents: ImageNation Cocktails & Sol Cinema virtual screening of the rarely seen documentary Devil’s Pie: D’Angelo about the singer’s rise to stardom, sudden disappearance, and return to music; the beloved Kwanzaa Celebration: Regeneration Night featuring Abdel Salaam’s Forces of Nature Dance Theater returns to the Digital Stage, and more.

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The Apollo Theater Announces Spring 2020 Season

 

 

 

Today, the iconic nonprofit Apollo Theater announced details of its spring 2020 season featuring genre-spanning performances—from music, dance, and theater to comedy and film screenings—that continue the theater’s strong mission of articulating African American narratives through cultural programming. Season highlights include the Apollo’s Africa Now! and African Film Festival 30th Anniversary Celebration presenting the legendary Oumou Sangaré; Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber performing Isaac Hayes’ Academy Award-winning score Shaft, alongside a screening of the film; the Apollo Salon Series presentation of A Time to Love, a musical theater collaboration with National Black Theatre; and the signature series that brings patrons to the Apollo year-round, Amateur Night at the Apollo, Apollo Music Café, and Apollo Comedy Club.Through its programming, educational, and community initiatives, the Apollo continues to advance its commitment to creating a 21st century performing arts canon, providing a home to artists and the community, while tackling important social issues for Harlem, New York, and the nation.

Here it is ~ The  exciting Apollo Theater 2020 Spring Season.

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The Apollo Theater Celebrates Harlem Week 2019

 

 

 

On Monday, July 29, 2019 the Apollo Theater announced special programs and offers to celebrate Harlem and HARLEM WEEK throughout the month of August. HARLEM WEEK is an annual celebration of the best of Harlem which began in 1974 as HARLEM DAY, a one-day event of encouragement and fellowship in Harlem for New Yorkers. Given the huge success of the celebration, additional days were added to showcase the community’s rich economic, political and cultural history. HARLEM WEEK now offers over 110 events throughout the summer to over 2 million attendees, including participants and visitors from around the world.  HARLEM WEEK celebrates the many wonders of the historic neighborhood – including the world famous Apollo Theater.

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The Historic Victoria Theater + Harlem Marriott Renaissance Hotel + The Victoria Tower Residences + The Apollo Theater Expansion ~ 125th Street in Harlem

 

 

 

 

Loew’s Victoria Theatre, 233 West 125th Street. Image via nycago.org

Designed by architect Thomas W. Lamb, the structure was said to be one of the largest, and most beautiful theaters in the New York area.  Built in 1917 at a cost of $250,000, it had a seating capacity of over 2,400 and it is located on the same block as the historic Apollo Theater. Opening Winter, 2023.

Tickets now on sale for The Apollo’s Victoria Theater Opening in February, 2024.

Don’t miss the inaugural gallery exhibition with works of photographer Alex Harsley opening February 1, 2024.

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