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FROM PRODUCER MARION J. CAFFEY: TIMING IS EVERYTHING

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  • 08/21/2014
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July 12, 2014 - It is 5 after 5pm and Amateur Night at the Apollo Boston Auditions have just finished. Myself and contestant liaison Kathy Sharpton are packing up to leave when in runs a young girl, about fifteen years old, out of breath and asking if she could still audition.  I say "I'm sorry, but we are done for the day."  She does an about face and walks out the door and we continue gathering our things. Maybe 30 seconds later, the same girl comes back in and says, "Please sir, please.  May I have just one minute of your time?"  Surprised by her supplication, I turn to her and say "You know, stories like this often have a great ending. Ok, lets do it!"  She smiles, places her things on a nearby chair as I ask her what she does. "I play piano and sing," she says.  We clear space and she goes to the piano (which I might add is not usually part of our set up and just happens to be in the room).  

She sits down to play and out of her mouth comes "For All We Know" by Donny Hathaway, singing in a most beautiful voice while accompanying herself on piano.   Big deal, you say? Maybe it is.  You see, this young lady only has a left arm.  The right arm is cut off just below the elbow and she is playing melody and chords and singing!   

After about two minutes of melody, song and, well, awe ... she finishes. Ms. Kathy and I give each other "the look” and smile inside.  I turn to the young girl, and say "Well, your story does have a great ending because you will perform at the world famous Apollo Theater very soon!"

The young lady's name is Victoria Canal and she is from Barcelona, Spain. She performed on August 6 and won First Place in the Child Stars of Tomorrow segment.  She will return on September 3, 2014 for her Show-Off Performance! ...and the story shall continue!

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AMATEUR NIGHT: SHOW OFF SEPTEMBER 3rd

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  • 08/28/2014
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The winners of recent Amateur Night shows come together to SHOW OFF their talent and compete for the chance to move on to the Top Dog semi-finals on November 19, and maybe even win the title of Super Top Dog on November 26 and a cash prize of $10,000!
 
Aspiring musicians, singers, dancers, comedians, rappers and spoken word artists try their best to please the audiences that can make them an Apollo legend. Then get ready to cheer or jeer as you decide who stays and who gets booted off stage. At Amateur Night, you tell the performers to be good or be gone!
 
Amateur Night at the Apollo is hosted by the comedian Capone. Each show begins with a festive pre-party featuring video and music by DJ Jess. And keep a lookout for master impressionist C.P. Lacey, the resident Executioner who sweeps bad talent off the stage.
 
The contestants are Avery Dixon, Brandon Avery, Victoria Canal, Deshonda Smith, David Michael Wyatt, Kavon Ward, Matt Van Sol, Akua Doku and Static Rush.
 
Tickets: $32, $26, $20
In person at the Apollo Theater Box Office
By phone call (800) 745-3000
For Groups Call (212) 531-5355

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AMATEUR NIGHT: AUGUST 27, 2014

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  • 08/21/2014
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A brand new line-up of contestants compete for the chance to perform during the September 3 Show Off and move on to the Top Dog on November 19. It all leads to the chance of winning the title of Super Top Dog on November 26 and a cash prize of $10,000!
 
Aspiring musicians, singers, dancers, comedians, rappers and spoken word artists try their best to please the audiences that can make them an Apollo legend. Then get ready to cheer or jeer as you decide who stays and who gets booted off stage. At Amateur Night, you tell the performers to be good or be gone!
 
Amateur Night at the Apollo is hosted by the comedian Capone. Each show begins with a festive pre-party featuring video and music by DJ Jess. And keep a lookout for master impressionist C.P. Lacey, the resident Executioner who sweeps bad talent off the stage.
 
The contestants are  Missy Dee, Gillian Melville, Daisha Williams, Sierra Ferguson, Michelle Brooks-Thompson, Brian Williams, Lady Ty,  Ronnie Lewis, Gino Lee  and Kicking Down Walls.
 
Tickets: $32, $26, $20
In person at the Apollo Theater Box Office
By phone call (800) 745-3000
For Groups Call (212) 531-5355

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AMATEUR NIGHT: AUGUST 6, 2014

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  • 08/01/2014
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A brand new line-up of contestants compete for the chance to perform during the September 3 Show Off and move on to the Top Dog on November 19. It all leads to the chance of winning the title of Super Top Dog on November 26 and a cash prize of $10,000!
 
Aspiring musicians, singers, dancers, comedians, rappers and spoken word artists try their best to please the audiences that can make them an Apollo legend. Then get ready to cheer or jeer as you decide who stays and who gets booted off stage. At Amateur Night, you tell the performers to be good or be gone!
 
Amateur Night at the Apollo is hosted by the comedian Capone. Each show begins with a festive pre-party featuring video and music by DJ Jess. And keep a lookout for master impressionist C.P. Lacey, the resident Executioner who sweeps bad talent off the stage.
 
The contestants are Olutayo, Delynia Jannell, K. Jackman, Quintavious Johnson, David Michael Wyatt, Sakura, Static Rush X5, Jaliyl YaSeen, Dakota, Akua Doku, Victoria Canal, and Nyah the Artist. 
 
Tickets: $32, $26, $20
In person at the Apollo Theater Box Office
By phone call (800) 745-3000
For Groups Call (212) 531-5355

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A Note from Producer Marion Caffey: TOP DOG JULY 30, 2014

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  • 07/30/2014
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From a talent point of view, tonight's TOP DOG show is headed for “Be Good or Be Great” status!  It will be pure Amateur Night entertainment at its best!

Tonight's highlights include: Jawan Mathis (for the ladies), Nicole Vanessa Ortiz (always an Amateur Night favorite), Christian Guardino (Our new kid vocal phenom), Sung Lee (the man of many sounds and featured in CBS Sunday Morning) and our own 15 year old Minnie Riperton - Sydney Arterbridge, just to name a few! The level of talent at this Top Dog is what Amateur Night is all about!  Stop by yourself and send some folk.


Marion J.  Caffey
Producer - Amateur Night at the Apollo
Apollo Theater

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