It is estimated that 1. The building which later became the Apollo Theater was built in —14  and was designed by architect George Keister,  who also designed the First Baptist Church in the City of New York. During the early s, the theatre fell into disrepair and closed once more. In , it was purchased by Sidney Cohen, who owned other theaters in the area,  and after lavish renovations it re-opened as the "Apollo Theater" on January 16, ,  catering to the black community of Harlem. The show ran for a limited engagement and was highly praised by the press, which helped establish the Apollo's reputation. Leo Brecher's Harlem Opera House was another competing venue.
Showtime at the Apollo - Wikipedia
Close Menu. Travelling or based outside United States? Video availability outside of United States varies. Sign in to see videos available to you. A music and comedy television show first broadcast in and ending in , with over 1, episodes. The show features live performances from both professional musicians and comedians.
It's Showtime at the Apollo was a formerly popular long-running variety television show that featured live performances for both professional and up-and-coming artists and also featured the infamous Amateur Night competition made popular at the famous Apollo Theater in Harlem, NY. The highlight of the show was the Amateur Night competition, a singing contest. Upon entering the stage, contestants would rub a log made from the " Tree of Hope " which formerly stood outside the Lafayette Theatre, placed on a pedestal for good luck. Contestants' singing or occasionally comic ability was immediately judged by the audience. Talented singers or comedians were rewarded by vigorous applause, but those perceived as lacking were harshly booed.
There he stood, born blind at birth until most of his eyesight had been restored just a few years earlier in an experimental procedure. Understandable, possibly inevitable: The Apollo is famously unforgiving and has been for most of its 85 years. Luther Vandross appeared here four or five times before finally getting a pass from the audience. As a year-old, Lauryn Hill sang the song Guardino was about to attempt. Boos aren't just expected but considered a rite of passage, a grim badge of honor, occasionally a career-ender.