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Amateur Night Goes to London!

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  • 03/26/2012
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The Apollo is partnering with London’s Hackney Empire for a transatlantic Amateur Night competition coinciding with the 2012 Summer Olympics.  Producers will select talented contestants to compete during the special themed Amateur Night at the Apollo show on May 23rd, 2012 at 7:30pm.  


The winners of this special themed show will then travel, all-expenses paid, to London to represent the Apollo Theater at “Live at the Empire & Apollo Amateur Night: Hackney vs. Harlem” in July 2012. Auditions for Amateur Night Goes To London will be held at the Apollo on March 31 and April 1, and winners will be featured as guest artists at Amateur Night on September 19.

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  • 04/07/2014
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On March 27, 2014 Amateur Night Song Competition finalists Clifton Williams and Daryl Brown flew to Harlem to meet with Amateur Night producer Marion J. Caffey to record a final version of their song submissions.

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OPEN AUDITIONS: MARCH 29th!

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  • 03/01/2014
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BRING YOUR A-GAME! Amateur Night at the Apollo is looking for the best singers, dancers, rappers, spoken word artists and musicians! Come audition for us on Saturday, March 29, 2014 / Time: 10am - 6pm at the Apollo Theater, 253 W 125th Street, New York, NY 10027.

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Amateur Night Auditions are open to singers, dancers, comedians, rappers, spoken word artists and musicians ages 5 and older. Amateur performances of all styles are welcome. Those chosen from the audition will have the chance to appear and perform on stage at Amateur Night at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York.

Auditions are open to anyone who does not have a contract with a major recording label, television or film studio.

Judges will only see the the first 300 acts if time permits, so get there early!




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APOLLO 80: OPENING NIGHT

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  • 01/29/2014
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The 80th season of Amateur Night at the Apollo opened in historic form! It was an evening perfectly outfitted to celebrate the Apollo Theater's enduring legacy.

The show began with a touching induction of Chuck Jackson into the Apollo Walk of Fame. Mr. Jackson is a rhythm and blues legend with a history spanning 56 years of performance at the Apollo Theater.  The tribute included a commemorative video, a musical salute sung by previous Amateur Night champ Charles Mack and a presentation of a plaque by Apollo's President and CEO Jonelle Procope.

Following the legend, it was time for the Stars of Tomorrow segment. The contestants' talent was incredible! Taking home first place was 10-year old opera singer Laura Bretan who sang to a standing ovation!

As the adult segment began, the audience readied themselves to participate in the booing that has been the hallmark of the Amateur Night experience since 1934.  The crowd found themselves pleasantly dismayed, however, when the adult contestants brought their A-game! The talent was so great that none of the evening's contestants were booed off! See who won!

If all of that talent didn't complete the night, the icing on the cake was a throw-down, standing ovation performance by the world's greatest entertainer himself, Harlem's own Doug E. Fresh! Standing on the edge of the stage, Doug E did the Dougie, spit rhymes from his mouth, beats from his throat and turned the house completely upside-down with his high-energy, hip hop routine. He showed us how true Apollo Legends get down!

Most exciting is that this season is only just getting started! Amateur Night at the Apollo will run every Wednesday now through November 24th!  The talent and the experience will only get better!  Join the party and GET YOUR TICKETS!

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JANUARY 29th: AMATEUR NIGHT PREMIERES ITS 80th SEASON!

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  • 01/15/2014
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Amateur Night at the Apollo opens its 2014 season with a brand new line-up of contestants who compete for the chance to perform during the March 5 Show Off and move on to Top Dog on May 21. It all leads to the chance of winning the title of Super Top Dog and a cash prize of $10,000 in November!

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 Julissa Lopez, Tim Davis, Laura Bretan and Henry Smith

TICKETS: $20, $26, $32
In Person at the Apollo Theater Box Office
By Phone call Ticketmaster (800) 745-3000
Online at: Ticketmaster.com
For Groups Call:(212) 531-5355

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A SUPER TOP DOG FINALE

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  • 11/29/2013
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The night was electric and the talent was on fire! The 79th Annual Super Top Dog Amateur Night at the Apollo Finale was a night full of champions.

Claire Kwon, a 13-year old singer from Glen Rock, NJ belted out  “Santa Fe” from the acclaimed Broadway musical Newsies to win the grand prize of $2000 for the Child Stars of Tomorrow. Watch Video

The adult grand prize was clinched by Japanese dance duo Numbers.  The pair danced their way into the finale by presenting an incredibly choreographed piece that incorporated modern dance with a unique arrangement of Michael Jackson’s “Beat It.” Watch Video 

Amateur Night Producer Marion Caffey had this to say:  “[This season] represented such diverse talent and that was my goal for this show. I am proud for those who won last place to first place because they are all truly, truly phenomenal.” Watch Video

Next season, Amateur Night at the Apollo celebrates its 80th Anniversary!  Stay tuned! It will be a very special season where stars will be born and legends will be made. 

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