From Dreamgirls to Apollo Club Harlem, Apollo Theater Celebrates 80 Years of Entertainment

By Karu F. Daniels
01 Feb 2014

"When I returned to the Apollo, years later with Dreamgirls, 'Chester! Welcome home!' is how they greeted me," Gregory added. "The Apollo Theater is 'family' to me. It is my favorite venue and has a history that is incomparable to anywhere else."

Dee Dee Bridgewater
photo by Mark Higashino

In 2013, another nod to The Great White Way came in the form of Apollo Club Harlem, a 90-minute, fast-paced musical revue showcasing the Apollo's glorious musical legacy created by Tony Award nominee Hines and starring Tony and Grammy Award winner Dee Dee Bridgewater. The theatre was transformed into an elegant supper club reminiscent of the popular Harlem haunts of the 1930s and '40's.

"In addition to our legacy as one of America's most beloved music institutions, the Apollo is... as dedicated to providing a platform for emerging and established artists in any and every genre and discipline of entertainment from jazz to hip-hop to dance to theatre," noted Apollo's executive producer, Mikki Shepard.