It's an talent competition that's been around for some 80 years -- long before reality TV. Not all the amateurs who participate go on to stardom, but many of them do, and proudly say they got their start at the Apollo Theater. Anthony Mason is our ticket inside:. As a dentist in New York City, Dr. Matthew Hashimoto is an artist in other people's mouths. But he's also an artist with his own.
Sign up for our PoliticsNY newsletter for the latest coverage and to stay informed about the elections in your district and across NYC. The Apollo enters its 85th anniversary year hoping to appeal to new fans with a celebratory events lineup, new Amateur Night set design and plans for its first physical expansion since Sitting in the mezzanine of the year-old theater, Caffey looks out at the stage where aspiring performers have stood most Wednesday nights for decades. More recently discovered at the theater is Machine Gun Kelly, who became the first rapper to win Amateur Night in The Apollo first introduced its open-mic talent show in The hourslong show was open to anyone — performers simply entered their names in a drawing to take the stage.
It was inaugurated in and became the symbol of Afro-American music in the United States in the s. The theater became famous thanks to the Amateur Night which aims at introducing unknown artists. Over the years, the theater needed a major renovation. Legend has it that touching the tree gave them good luck.
And sometimes that requires being told to wait. You know? The wait is worth it.