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Amateur Night at The Apollo Tickets

Amateur Night at The Apollo Tickets

Amateur Night at The Apollo – 2014 Concert Schedule

Nestled in New York City's bustling Harlem neighborhood is the legendary Apollo Theater. Amateur Night at The Apollo has been known for launching the careers of many famous performers, and now is your chance to become part of history in the making! At Amateur Night at The Apollo, you get to decide who stays and who gets booted. From spoken word artists to rappers and musicians, you will get treated to an assortment of performers at Amateur Night at the Apollo, and there really is something for everyone at this historic venue. If you're visiting New York and you want an entertaining night that differs from the typical tourist destinations, then you'll be absolutely delighted with Amateur Night at The Apollo. This historic show offers an evening full of laughs and amazing entertainment for you and your friends, creating unforgettable memories for the years to come. So get ready to cheer as the performers give it their all at Amateur Night at The Apollo. Be sure to head over to StubHub first to get your tickets to see Amateur Night at The Apollo before they're all gone.


About Amateur Night at The Apollo

Originally known as "Harlem Amateur Hour," the earliest incarnation of Amateur Night at the Apollo began in 1933 at Frank Schiffman's Lafayette Theater, started by actor and producer Ralph Cooper. About a year later, Cooper started the Wednesday Amateur Night at Sidney Cohen and Morris Sussman's 125th Street Apollo Theatre. The Amateur Night shows started to gain popularity when they were broadcast live from the Apollo over the3 radio across a network of 21 stations. When Amateur Night at the Apollo officially debuted in 1943, it became a launching pad for many up-and-coming young performers. Even a young Ella Fitzgerald was featured on the show when she was only 15 years old, becoming one of the first winners of the show.

Other notable performers who got their start at Amateur Night at the Apollo include Thelma Carpenter, Jimi Hendrix, Billie Holiday, Pearl Bailey, Sammy Davis Jr., Diana Ross & The Supremes, The Miracles, Dionne Warwick, Bobby Short, The Jackson 5, Patti LaBelle, Marvin Gaye, Luther Vandross, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Mariah Carey, The Isley Brothers, Lauryn Hill, and countless others who've gone on to become superstars.

For decades now, Amateur Night at the Apollo has held a special place in fans' hearts, and the venue continues to churn out a steady supply of new talent. With a unique vaudeville atmosphere, Amateur Night at the Apollo has held shows nearly every Wednesday evening throughout the year, and thrives off of audience participation.


Amateur Night at The Apollo Breakthrough

Amateur Night at The Apollo flourished during the Harlem Renaissance, and became known for being a place where "stars are born and legends are made." The show offered a unique atmosphere where the audience could cheer or jeer and decide who would be deemed the winner. If jeers seemed to overwhelm the venue, then a regular character known as The Executioner would come out onstage with a broom and "sweep" the performers off stage or comically grab them with a giant hook. To this day, the venue still has an "executioner" who removes the losing performers from the stage. Stagehand Norman Miller originally created this character in the 1930s, and the role is currently played by C.P. Lacey.


Amateur Night at The Apollo Trivia

What song did Ella Fitzgerald sing at Amateur Night at The Apollo?

Ella Fitzgerald made her singing debut at the Apollo in 1934. She intended to go on stage to dance, but she was intimidated by the Edwards Sisters, who were a local dance duo. When Ella got onstage, she instead decided to sing in the style of jazz vocalist Connee Boswell. She performed Hoagy Carmichael's song "Judy" and "The Object of My Affection" by the Boswell Sisters. She ended up winning the first prize of $25.00 that night, and went on to draw weekly audiences at Amateur Night.


Fan Experience

Amateur Night at The Apollo has helped start the careers of aspiring musicians, singers, dancers, poets, comedians, and rappers for decades. Known for its unique atmosphere that encourages the audience to cheer or jeer for their performer of choice, the lively venue is a historic gem in Harlem, and you don't want to miss your chance to catch a performance of the legendary Amateur Night at the Apollo. As the performers take to the stage and give it all they've got, you can enjoy the show while basking in the venue's historic ambiance. Who knows – maybe your cheers will help launch the career of America's next-best performer? To experience what Harlem residents have been raving about for years, visit StubHub today to get your tickets to see Amateur Night at the Apollo.

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