The Apollo Theater will hold auditions for its popular Amateur Night series in multiple cities around the country next month. The Harlem-based theater announced Friday (Aug. 18) that auditions are scheduled for Washington D.C. and Philadelphia, along with New York City.
“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,” Jonelle Procope, President and CEO of the Apollo Theater said in a statement to VIBE.
“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.”
Producers will screen hundreds of rappers, singers, spoken word artists, and other performer all vying for a chance to hit the Apollo stage to compete for the $20,000 grand prize.
Philly auditions will be held at the Kimmel Center on Saturday, Sept. 17, before heading back to the Apollo Theater in New York City Saturday, Sept. 24. The run concludes in Washington D.C. at Howard University on Saturday, Oct. 1.
Now in it’s 82nd year, the Apollo’s Amateur Night has helped launch the careers of legendary performers like Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Lauryn Hill and Michael Jackson.
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