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Say It Loud:
I'm Black and I'm Proud at 50

Sat, Oct 20, 2018

With music direction by GRAMMY Award winner Christian McBride, this concert celebrates not only James Brown, but also the Black Pride music he inspired among African-American artists.

Featuring: Lee Fields, Lisa Fischer, Nona Hendryx, Avery Sunshine, & Stokley Williams (of Mint Condition)

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Twisted Melodies:
The Donny Hathaway Story

Thu, May 30 - Sun, Jun 2, 2019

This powerful one-man show is based on the life of '70s soul singer and composer Donny Hathaway. Set to moving music, this is an immersive and crushing play about this brilliant musician's compelling inner struggle.

Written and performed by Kelvin Roston, Jr.

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Co-production with Baltimore Center Stage and Mosaic Theater

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Join the Movement with songs inspired by Apollo's 2018-2019 Season. Tickets on sale now!


The Apollo Theater has been an advocate for Black excellence and its contribution to American and global culture for 85 years. Our history has always has been at the intersection of art and activism, and our programming continues to center Black conversation. The Apollo has always been a space to offer a new vision for the world to view our society from the perspectives that are largely unseen and unheard across mainstream society.

Our 2018-2019 season – Say It Loud! is a dynamic collection of works that serve as a rallying cry. In today’s fractured political climate and in this crucial election year, our voices are as important as ever. We hope these works engage and inspire you in new and powerful ways.

We foster dialogue around important issues, not only through our mainstage productions, but also with our education and community programs. Say it Loud! is as much a call to action today as it was 50 years ago. Since its founding, the Apollo Theater has been a platform, partner and advocate for the ways in which music, theater and culture can be a catalyst for social change.

Join the movement as we continue this legacy of igniting action through arts, culture and ideas. I look forward to seeing you at the theater!

Kamilah Forbes
Apollo Executive Producer


Remembering a Legacy

We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Apollo Legend Ms. Aretha Franklin. The Queen of Soul was last on the Apollo Theater stage when we inducted her into the Apollo Walk of Fame and honored her at our annual Spring Gala in June, 2010. Aretha appeared on the Apollo Theater stage more than a dozen times throughout her career beginning in the 60s and was the embodiment of a true legend touching the lives of people around the world with her unique soul-infused voice. Each of us has a favorite Aretha song and her music was the soundtrack to many of our lives. She has left us with the gift of an amazing body of work which will comfort us in this extremely sad time in history.

May Aretha Franklin’s voice continue to lift our spirits. Her music will live on through generations.

       - The Apollo Theater

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