By Walter Rutledge
Before there was American Idol, America’s Got Talent or So You It You Can Dance there was the original talent showcase- Apollo Amateur Night. Since introducing the first Amateur Night contest in 1934 the Apollo Theater has played a major role in launching the careers of some of the world’s most recognized and renowned artists. On Wednesday May 23 the Apollo Theater continued this legacy when it presented Amateur Night: Apollo Goes to London Semifinals. The event is part of a new partnership with London’s Hackney Empire Theater for the first transatlantic Amateur Night competition.
The competition is set to coincide with the 2012 Summer Olympics, which will also be held in London. Continue reading