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

By Karu F. Daniels
01 Feb 2014

Leslie Uggams
photo by Joseph Moran

"The Apollo has such a long-standing relationship with the theatre community," she added. "In fact, many of our Apollo legends have gone on to become stars on Broadway such as Leslie Uggams, Maurice Hines, Gregory Hines, Savion Glover and Stephanie Mills, who was an Amateur Night winner several times over." 


Most recently, the New York International Fringe Festival hit production, Unspeakable, a dramatic fantasia inspired by the life of comedy icon Richard Pryor, played the Apollo Theater's Sound Stage. A Broadway-themed Amateur Night is presented annually.

Though they are few and far between, the Apollo's musical theatre endeavors seem to be effective — so much so that Sheppard said she is currently developing theatre initiatives to be announced later this year.

The new installment of Apollo Club Harlem (directed, choreographed and hosted by Hines) runs Feb. 20-23.

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