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Amateur Night returns to the Apollo Theater after two-year pandemic pause

Amateur Night At The Apollo: Super Top Dog at The Apollo Theater on Nov. 22, 2017 in New York City. (Courtesy)
Amateur Night At The Apollo: Super Top Dog at The Apollo Theater on Nov. 22, 2017 in New York City. (Courtesy)

The Apollo Theater will open its doors again on Feb. 16 for the first Amateur Night before a live audience since the pandemic forced it to shut down in March 2020.

The Apollo’s talent competition began in 1934 in Harlem and helped launch the careers of Billie Holiday, Michael Jackson and The Jackson 5, Lauryn Hill, D’Angelo, and Machine Gun Kelly, just to name a few.

The Apollo Theater’s Executive Producer Kamilah Forbes talks about what makes Amateur Night a lasting tradition.

Watch on YouTube.

This article was originally published on WBUR.org.

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