Harlem’s legendary Apollo Theater is starting a walk of fame on 125th Street.
Plaques for Quincy Jones, Patti LaBelle, Smokey Robinson, James Brown, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Little Richard, and Ella Fitzgerald are being installed in the inaugural ceremony. Continue reading
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Michael Jackson’s death may have been a tragedy for his family and fans, but it proved a boon for all kinds of entertainment entities, not least the Apollo Theater.
Giving thousands of mourners a place to congregate in the days after Mr. Jackson’s death—and turning its famed Amateur Night into a tribute to the King of Pop—the historic onetime vaudeville house on West 125th Street reminded the world of its once-central role in popular culture and its hopes to become more relevant now.
Michael Jackson’s signature sequined glove and black hat lay on a bar stool. The mic stand is placed slightly to its front. Crowds of adoring fans reach out to the stage. Most are dancing, chanting, and singing to hits such as “Dirty Diana,” “Liberian Girl,” and “Smooth Criminal.” Despite the stage being set, its guest of honor won’t physically be taking the stage. Instead, all are gathered to commemorate the man crowned “The King of Pop.”
Public Celebration of His Life and Legacy to Be Held At the World-Famous Theater
Tuesday, June 30, 2009 Starting at 2:00p.m.
Press Statement Given by Apollo Theater President & CEO, Jonelle Procope
Joined by the Reverend Al Sharpton Under the Marquee
Apollo Amateur Night to Feature Special Tribute to the King of Pop
Wednesday, July 1, 2009 at 7:30p.m.
The Apollo Theater Foundation today announced plans to honor the late Michael Jackson with special events to commemorate and celebrate his life. The “King of Pop” performed at the world-famous Apollo several times in his career – first, in 1969 when he was just a young boy, and, most recently, in 2002 at the invitation of former President Bill Clinton at a fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee.
The Apollo Theaters Jonelle Procope on Harlem’s restaurants, arts and architecture…
This is the second of a two piece video series of Harlem related “Ask the Locals” series for the NYCVisit.com tourism campaign.
“It’s not about just the building, it’s about a preservation of a cultural legacy.” JONELLE PROCOPE
ANY list of New York City landmarks — the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, the Brooklyn Bridge, Central Park — would include, near the top, the Apollo Theater. Continue reading