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Apollo Amateur Night to Tackle Broadway Playbook

Cavelle Nell Romeo will sing the classic "And I am Telling You" from Dreamgirls at the Apollo Amateur Night: Broadway (Photo courtesy of Apollo Theater and DNAinfo.com)

By Jeff Mays
DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

HARLEM — It’s gonna be a “Hard Knock Life” on 125th Street next week — and not the Jay-Z version.

Broadway is coming uptown to the Apollo Theater as the legendary venue hosts its first-ever Broadway-themed Amateur Night on March 16.

Amateurs looking to win the $10,000 grand prize are going to have to impress the notoriously finicky audience by performing songs taken from Broadway shows.

“A lot of our legends have gone on to do Broadway and this is a way to reaffirm those roots,” said Amateur Night producer, Marion
J. Caffey.

Stephanie Mills, Leslie Uggams and Diahann Carroll are just a few of the Apollo legends to have made it downtown to the Broadway stage.

The Apollo is looking for the next person to add to that list.

Co-hosting the show will be Broadway stars, Tsidii Le Loka of The Lion King and Chaz Shepherd of Dreamgirls.

Some of the songs to be sung in the March 16 show have had an airing out on the Apollo stage, such as “And I Am Telling You” from Dreamgirls. Others, such as “The Winner Takes It All” from Mama Mia may not be as familiar.

Amateur Night, first created in 1934, has been changing it up recently with different themed Amateur Nights, including “Brooklyn Night”, “Teacher’s Night” and a “Gospel Night.”

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NY Exhibit Pays Homage to Apollo, Black Music Greats

(Reuters) – From Michael Jackson to James Brown, Harlem’s The Apollo Theater is famed for helping launch some of the most successful figures in U.S. black entertainment and marking their influence in popular culture.

A new exhibit, “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing,” displays images, videos and artifacts including instruments, shoes and costumes from music greats such as Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis and Sammy Davis Jr. who performed at the theater over the past 75 years.

From swing to Motown to hip hop, it details the 1500-seat music hall’s history of propelling styles of music and artists that have graced its stage from Nat King Cole in the 1940s to its famed Apollo Amateur Night, which helped the careers of Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Jimi Hendrix and The Jackson 5.

The exhibit, held from Feb 8 to May 1 at the Museum of the City of New York, also explores Harlem’s history as a hub of U.S. black culture and the theater’s role in hosting memorial services for James Brown and a public tribute to Michael Jackson.

Jackson first performed at Amateur Night at age 9 with his brothers. Their group, the Jackson 5, won the competition in 1969, when the pop singer was 11 years old, performing Smokey Robinson’s “Who’s Lovin’ You.”

“When I think of a soundtrack for the second half of the twentieth century, it’s the music that was launched by the Apollo,” Susan Henshaw Jones, director of the Museum of the City of New York, said in a statement.

Letters from Martin Luther King and Frank Schiffman, the owner of the Apollo from 1935 until his death in 1974, are also included in the exhibit.

(Reporting by Christine Kearney, editing by Jill Serjeant)

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NYC Museum Features Exhibition on Apollo Theater

NEW YORK (AP) – New York City’s Apollo Theater launched the careers of such legends as Ella Fitzgerald. It was also the site of memorial services for Michael Jackson and James Brown, and Barack Obama’s 2007 campaign rally.

A new exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York will highlight these and other seminal events of the 75-year-old Harlem landmark.

The exhibit, “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing,” will run from Feb. 8 to May 1.

Highlights include record album covers, costumes and accessories belonging to Count Basie, Louis Armstrong and other iconic artists.

It also will include letters from Adam Clayton Powell and Martin Luther King Jr.

The show has been organized by the Apollo and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.

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Harlem Fine Arts Show Returns for Second Year

A national showcase of African-American artists is returning to Harlem in February, a weeklong affair that will coincide with Black History Month.

The second annual Harlem Fine Arts Show will be held at Riverside Church from Feb. 25 to 27 with a mission to develop “the long-neglected area of African-American culture, history and economic development,” organizers say. This year’s show will emphasize both known and emerging artists from around the country.

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Bloomberg’s New Year’s Vows

Mayor Bloomberg visited an Abyssinian Baptist church in Harlem last weekend where he presented his plans for the 2011 year. Bloomberg commented on how the year did not end on a high note with the blizzard and snow issues but that those would be addressed and resolved. Following Bloomberg’s address the church’s Rev. Calvin Butts offered a prayer for Bloomberg’s year ahead. You can read the full story here.

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Weekend Plans In Harlem

Thanks to Harlemdiscover.com and Harlem Week 2010 we have come up with some great plans for the weekend. Saturday, as part of Harlem Week 2010 there will be a “Relieve The Stress” Morning Exercise from 9:00 AM- 11:30 AM at West 135th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue. Then lets head to the “Healthy Eating & Healthy Living”
Outdoor Farmers’ Markets open from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
on W. 145th Street (Between Bradhurst & Edgecombe Avenues) or on W. 110th Street (Between Manhattan & Columbus Avenues).

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