Apollo Theater

Theater, Musicals Harlem
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Photograph: Shahar Azran
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Apollo Theater



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Visitors may think they know this venerable theater from TV’s Showtime at the Apollo. But as the saying goes, the small screen adds ten pounds: The city’s home of R&B and soul is actually quite cozy. Known for launching the careers of Ella Fitzgerald, Lauryn Hill and D’Angelo, among others at its legendary Amateur Night competition, the Apollo continues to mix veteran talents like Dianne Reeves with younger artists such as the Roots and Lykke Li. 


Venue name: Apollo Theater
Address: 253 W 125th St
New York

Cross street: between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. (Seventh Ave) and Frederick Douglass (Eighth Ave) Blvds
Transport: Subway: A, C, B, D, 2, 3 to 125th St
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  • Performances Wednesday August 16 2017

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Avatar for Moriah S

Saw Hannibal Buress here last night!! The theatre is beautiful, I'm so glad I had the opportunity to go to this historic site. They have tours and I grabbed a brochure and will definitely be coming back to learn more.

Avatar for Samantha M

The energy of this iconic theater is magnetic. It's practically impossible to not have a good time. Like any venue the drinks and food are really expensive (and they won't let you bring anything inside) but it's 100% worth the Amateur Night show. The energetic MC's keep the enthusiasm up and attendees get the chance to see a range of artistic styles and performances. Watching the show is only half the fun - as the crowd is always encouraged to interact.

Avatar for Adam V

Iconic theater, central location close to subways/public transit, commercial spaces/shopping, and restaurants/night life. The theater is always able to attract top talent, and there are always seasonal and ongoing/recurring shows and events - maybe most notably amateur night, which if the opportunity arises - is not to be missed. The theater is distinctive, with its own lived-in feel (though ongoing maintenance work has kept the space lively, and current), and audience participation is part of the appeal. Highly recommended.

Avatar for Jim N

Love the Apollo! I saw Rafiya there earlier this year and the show was amazing.