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Apollo Theater

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Apollo Theater

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Stacy wrote a review Dec 2019
Nashville, Tennessee148 contributions63 helpful votes
I attended Alanis Morissette’s one night only performance at the Apollo on December 2. Most people were shocked she’d perform there since it has historically been a venue for African-Americans to entertain. I am here to tell you that the Apollo is a beautiful venue with an amazing staff. I’ve seen many Broadway shows and visited many tourist attractions, but the staff at the Apollo was by far the most friendly and welcoming! I look forward to seeing another show there in the future!
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Tina M wrote a review Nov 2019
Westbourne, United Kingdom25 contributions8 helpful votes
The iconic Apollo theatre where many of the Mowtown greats started out at the famous amateur night. The whole evening was brilliant. The only minor was the on entering the theatre.This was the most chaotic and aggressive security check I had ever experienced. The security guards were basically shouting at you to do bag checks but there was no organisation which was obvious. It was all highly aggressive and basically no basis to be like this. It felt all a bit unnecessary and having lived in London and more than aware of the good reasons for security but this was just unprofessional. So once in the theatre it was all positive. From the amazing warm up band and host. Who prompted us what to do. I'm not one for shouting out but you couldn't help getting involved. From the amazingly talented children. To the adults again who were all talented. We were encouraged to clap or boo the adults as this was amateur night. The winner was chosen and then unfolded a truly amazing and humbling story of a man who had been incarcerated for 35yrs on a false charge. Supported by the innocence project they fought for his release. This achieved earlier this year his wish was to sing at the Apollo. There was not a dry eye in the house as he stepped forward and the audience stood to applaud him. Especially as he was a runner up and his story was told after the voting had ended. A truly memorable night for so many reasons. The Apollo is in Harlem and not on the main tourist route. Saying that most at the show were tourists who obviously have a love of black culture. Also our 2 tickets were still cheaper than 1 Broadway show. If in NYC this is a must do.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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John wrote a review Nov 2019
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Fantastic theater that you absolutely should not miss during your stay in New York. Make sure you buy the tickets online to avoid disappointment
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Nell W wrote a review Nov 2019
New York City, New York75 contributions46 helpful votes
We went to Amateur Night at the Apollo and had a blast! It was the semi-finals, so all of the performers were winners from prior weeks - competing to get to the next round. It just meant that all of the performers were good, there wasn’t as much booing as usual, and lots of screaming to make sure your favorites would advance! The highlight of the evening was comedian Capone, whose insights and wit just moved everything along in a way that you walk out happy. We will absolutely go back, it was a fun and memorable event participating in a historic New York tradition.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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deecee64 wrote a review Nov 2019
Sydney, Australia256 contributions24 helpful votes
Soooooo entertaining. Audience is involved from the moment you enter the theatre. From cheering and booing the guests, dancing on stage to the banter between the host and audience. Didn’t know what to expect but it was just fabulous. Would highly recommend (book online to avoid missing out prior to your visit), and put on your list as a “must do” when visiting NYC.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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