News: Apollo Theater Celebrates 75 Years Of "Amateur Night," Ron Browz Tapped To Perform

Tuesday, Jan 27, 2009 2:00PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

New York City's Apollo Theater will celebrate 75 years of its "Amateur Night" with a special showcase this week.

So far Harlem-based rapper Ron Brows is billed to appear.

The first 75 tickets to Wednesday night's show are going for $7.50, with rapper Ron Browz as the featured performer. (Associated Press)

People will also be given an opportunity to explore the historic venue.

In celebration of their 75 silver years, Apollo is offering historic tours of their landmark spot on 125th Street in Harlem. Tours take guests through the theater with a guide who can answer all trivia questions regarding the history of the place. Guests can purchase tickets to Amateur Night and the historic tour for only $25. (Digital City)

The Apollo Building is known for jump-starting the careers of Stevie Wonder, James Brown and many others.

"In 1934, they allowed blacks to come in here, but not to sit down and see a show. We came in to perform for an all-white audience," explains Billy Mitchell, an Apollo Theater historian. "I remember Gladys Knight coming here and telling the manager that she saw these kids at a talent show in Chicago and she wanted to give them a chance to perform at Amateur Night. They were the Jackson brothers and Michael was nine years old and they won." (NY1 News)

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