Amateur Night at the Apollo

Premiering in 1934, Amateur Night at the Apollo is the Theater’s signature talent competition and its longest running performance series.  Amateur Night paved the way for such series as Star Search and American Idol.  Competitions are held on Wednesday evenings throughout the year, culminating in the Super Top Dog competition for the grand prize of $10,000.  The show merges world-class talent, a distinctive, vaudeville-like atmosphere, and the Apollo’s famously vocal audience.  Amateur Night provides a platform where aspiring performers from all walks of life can showcase and develop their skills.  It has proven an effective measure of star potential, launching the careers of many of the world’s most influential performers.   In 2014, the Apollo will celebrate the 80th Anniversary of this historic program.

This season features guest artists and a number of themed nights.  Amateur Night is hosted by the comedian Capone and each show begins with a pre-party featuring video and music by Director and Keyboard player Onree Gill, Set If Off Man Joe Gray, and DJ Jess.  The show also features master impressionist and tap dancer C.P. Lacey as the “Executioner.”

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2013/14 SPECIAL THEME SHOWS INCLUDE: 

Amateur Night: Nothin’ But Soul with Tony Terry -  July 3, 2013

Amateur Night: Harlem Week Celebration  - August 14 and 21, 2013

Amateur Night: Gospel Night with Queen Esther - September 11, 2013    

Amateur Night: Holiday Special with guest host, Bow Wow- December 14, 2013

Amateur Night: 2014 Season Opening - January 29, 2014        

Amateur Night: Broadway  - March 19, 2014

Amateur Night: Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival with Imani-Cooper Grace and Geoffrey Gallante  - May 7, 2014