Calling all amateur vocalists, rappers, dancers, comedians, spoken word artists, and other performers!
The Apollo will hold auditions in three east coast cities in September for its legendary Amateur Night show (which is in its 82nd year).
Auditions will be held in Philadelphia at the Kimmel Center on Saturday, September 17th, in New York City at the Apollo Theater on Saturday, September 24th, and will conclude in Washington, D.C. at Howard University on Saturday, October 1st.
Those chosen from the auditions will have the chance to perform on the Apollo stage for the chance to win the new grand prize amount of $20,000.
President and CEO of the Apollo Theater, Jonelle Procope, said in a press release, “The Apollo is driven by a commitment to explore all possibilities of contemporary artistic expression. One way to achieve this is by opening our Amateur Night 2017 auditions to a geographically-diverse pool of talent. Amateur Night is not only a beloved live, weekly show, but rather a greater catalyst renown for sparking the careers of so many legendary performers.”
Billing itself as a place “where stars are born and legends are made,” the Apollo became famous for launching the careers of artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Jimi Hendrix, The Jackson 5, Billie Holliday, Jazmine Sullivan, Patti LaBelle, Lauryn Hill, James Brown, Parliament-Funkadelic, and many more.
For a complete list of audition guidelines and rules, visit apollotheater.org