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In my first season as Executive Producer of the Apollo Theater, I am honored to say that we are building on its legacy as the epicenter of American culture and black creativity, while collaborating with the most innovative and dynamic artists of the 21st century. This year, the Apollo Presents programing will premiere performances about some of the most powerful moments in our nation’s history, such as Bill T. Jones’ direction of a genre-crossing opera inspired by the 1985 MOVE Bombing in Philadelphia while also showcasing works that directly capture the spirit of struggle and resistance in our country today. I am proud to direct the theatrical adaptation of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ award-winning “Between the World and Me” and meaningfully engage with the key issues of our time in a way that only the Apollo can do.

In the same way that a 17 year-old Ella, a dynamic young showman named James, and a burgeoning powerhouse singer named Aretha always saw the Apollo as both a world-class institution and an artistic home, we continue to invite artists in our space to dream, collaborate, and create works of art that defy expectations and authentically express themselves. We have a special name for those events: “only at the Apollo” moments. This year promises many of these once-in-a-generation experiences. I can’t wait to share them with you.

Enjoy the shows,
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