PSA for all Philadelphia performers. This Saturday September 17, New York City’s Apollo Theater will be holding auditions for their nationally recognized Amateur Night.
This legendary night, which is now in its 82nd year, launched the careers of renowned performers Billie Holiday, Stevie Wonder, and Michael Jackson just to name a few. In 1934, actor and Producer Ralph Cooper started the Apollo’s Wednesday Amateur Night. One of the first performers to step on that stage was American Jazz royalty, Ella Fitzgerald. The show was broadcast all over the nation, and became a household name for talent competitions. Amateur Night was a model for some of today’s most watched shows like American Idol and Star Search. Additionally, the Apollo Theater has become a mecca of success for emerging Latino and African-American performers. Continue reading →