The Apollo Theater is a place where the past and the future collide! This venerable venue has helped launch the careers of many huge names in music, including Ella Fitzgerald, Stevie Wonder, and Michael Jackson. This legacy of promoting new performers, as well as honoring the contributions of African-American artists, continues today. You can be part of the legend with a night at the Apollo, especially the infamous Amateur Night!


History of a Landmark

This city landmark has a rich and colorful history. It opened in 1914 as the Hurtig and Seamon’s New Burlesque Theater which, like the majority of theaters of the era, exclusively served white patrons. A campaign against burlesque in 1933 forced the theater to close down. New management brought the theater to life again as a stage for variety revues, now open to all people regardless of race, with the name 125th Street Apollo Theater.

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Amateur Night

The Apollo’s famous Amateur Night began in 1933 and has continued its tradition of showcasing new talent until the present day. Hopeful performers take the stage in a competition which served as the model for popular talent search programs like American Idol. Every Wednesday through November 26, you can join in the fun of watching aspiring entertainers take a shot at stardom!

Audience participation is a tremendous part of Amateur Night, because the audience decides who will move forward in the competition. Cheer on your favorite competitors, and let them hear how much you love their performance! If a performer shouldn’t advance, make your opinion known. It’s be good or be gone on Amateur Night!

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Whether you’re hoping for a night at the Apollo Theater or a day on the town, Seastreak ferries will provide you with luxurious seats, a convenient schedule, and great customer service. Let us get you where you need to be in style!

Sea you soon!

The Seastreak Family

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