Apollo Amateur Night Auditions Coming to Atlanta

The world famous Apollo Theater is traveling to Atlanta, Georgia to seek talent for its 2011 season of Amateur Night at the Apollo. The audition will take place on Saturday, October 16 at 10AM and is open to

singers, dancers, comedians, spoken word artists and musicians of all ages, styles and professional levels.

Those who are chosen from the audition will have the chance to appear at Amateur Night live on stage at the Apollo Theater in New York.

At the end of the 2011 season, the first place winner in the adult division gets $10,000 in cash. In the “Child Star of Tomorrow” segment, the season’s first place winner will receive a cash prize of $2,000.

Rialto Center for the Arts
Georgia State University
80 Forsyth Street
NW Atlanta, GA

Please Note:

  • Only the first 300 acts will be seen.
  • Each contestant will have up to 90 seconds to audition.
  • Singers may bring a track or sing a cappella.
  • There will NOT be a band in house.
  • Musicians should bring their own instruments.
  • Dancers should bring a CD for their performance (no cassettes).
  • All auditions should be in good taste and with no profanity.
  • Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Only children ages 5 to 15 will be considered for the “Child Star of Tomorrow” segment.

History of the Apollo Theater:

It all started in 1914 when the theater was constructed on 125th Street, the heart of Harlem. Originally, it was named Hurtig and Seamon’s New Burlesque Theatre and African-Americans were not allowed in the audience. In 1934: Ralph Cooper, Sr. decided to do a live version of his already popular radio show, Amateur Nite Hour at the Apollo, at the Apollo Theater, then owned by the Schiffman family. Ella Fitzgerald, who invented the vocal technique known as “SCAT”, was one of the first Amateur Night winners. That same year, Cooper, Benny Carter and “16 Gorgeous Hot Steppers” dazzled the crowds with the theater’s first “Colored Revue.”

Then in 1935, Bessie Smith made her Apollo debut followed by an unknown vocalist by the name of Billie Holiday who graced the Apollo stage and mesmerized the audience with her undeniable style and talent. Soon thereafter, the Apollo Theater quickly became known the place “Where Stars are Born and Legends are Made” and “home” to thousands of major performance artists, fans, and patrons of the arts from around the world. The legendary venue has launched the careers of icons such as Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, James Brown and Lauryn Hill and continues to maintain its position as the nation’s most popular arena for emerging and established African-American and Latino performers.

For more information, please visit: http://www.apollotheater.org/calendar.htm#atl

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