Amateur Night at the Apollo
The Apollo Amateur Night debuted in 1934 and is the Theater’s longest-running performance series, the quintessential talent competition, serving as the model for Star Search and American Idol. Competitions are held nearly every Wednesday evening throughout the year, culminating in the Super Top Dog competition for a grand prize winning of $10,000. The show marries world-class talent with a distinctive, vaudeville-like atmosphere, and has depended on audience participation since the very beginning. It provides a platform where amateur artists from all walks of life can showcase and develop their skills. The popularity contest has proven an effective measure of star potential, launching the careers of many of the world’s most influential performers. In 2009, the Apollo celebrated the 75th Anniversary of this historic program.
The season features special guest artists and a number of special themed nights. Amateur Night is hosted by the comedian Capone, and each show begins with a pre-party featuring video and music by DJ Jess. The show also features master impressionist and tap dancer C.P. Lacey as the “Executioner.”
NEXT SEASON! APOLLO AMATEUR NIGHT TURNS 80!
Celebrate with us all season long. Special themed shows include:
Amateur Night: Nothin’ But Soul w/ Guest Artist - July 3, 2013
Amateur Night: Harlem Week Celebration - August 14 and 21, 2013
Amateur Night: Gospel Night w/Guest Artist - September 11, 2013
Amateur Night: Holiday Special - December 14, 2013
Amateur Night: 2014 Season Opening - January 29, 2014
Amateur Night: Broadway - March 19, 2014
Amateur Night: Harlem Jazz Shrines w/Guest Artist - May 7, 2014