So you have been to the Times Square. And marveled at the soaring Lady Liberty, too? So what do you plan to do next? We suggest you visit the legendary Apollo Theater!
Some of you readers might be knowing this revered theater from TV’s Showtime at the Apollo. Yes, this the launchpad for music legends like Stevie Wonder, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Marvin Gaye, Lauryn Hill and D’Angelo. This is the same place that the Beatles wanted to see when they came to NYC in 1964.
For a little more than 80 years, the Apollo Theater has been revealing an astounding roster of African-American stars—and not to say it has rocketed many of their careers as well. Front runners of jazz, swing, rhythm and blues and soul, all have played at the Apollo at one point or other, helping to transform New York music and culture scene.
When this neoclassical theater opened as a burlesque house in 1914, the theater was only open to white patrons, offering opportunities to white performers only.
With the ‘33’s ban on burlesque by the then mayor, the theater had to shut its operations. When it resumed its journey in 1934 as Apollo Theater, the former vaudeville stage was one of the only venues in NYC to allow African Americans to attend and perform. There cannot be a building in NYC more associated with great African-American entertainers than the Apollo Theater.
You have to trust us on this – the Apollo Theater’s world-famous slogan, “Where Stars are Born and Legends are Made,” is not a hollow claim by any means. Go visit.
With year-round performances and a full schedule, you have to ask ahead for availability. For a list of upcoming events, check the website calendar.
Tickets can be purchased here.
Note: Bus services to NYC are super easy and conveintly timed. So, if you’re a commuter in either of the two cities and travel up-to NYC for your regular business, you now have another economical option at your disposal.