Yass!! Join Amateur Night At The Apollo Crowns Winner

The winner of America’s longest-running talent show, Amateur Night at The Apollo in Harlem will be crowned. 

From a global pool of vocalists, rappers, dancers, instrumentalists, comedians, spoken-word artists, and other performers, one talented entertainer will be taking home the highly coveted Amateur Night Grand Prize—which has jump-started the careers of artists like Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, H.E.R., Machine Gun Kelly and the Jackson 5—as well as $20,000.

Contestants between the ages of 5 and 17 will likewise compete for the title of “Child Star of Tomorrow” and a $5,000 prize. As always, audience members will decide the winner of this year’s championship title, participating in the competition’s a nearly 90-year tradition of “cheering” and “booing” each contestant to determine who advances. Tickets start at $30 and are still available for purchase by visiting www.apollotheater.org/amateur-night/.

The Apollo’s original, large-scale talent competition is hosted by comedian Capone (NY Kings of Comedy, Def Comedy Jam) and features perennial favorites including C.P. Lacey in the role of the “Executioner” (in charge of ushering off eliminated contestants); Greginald Spencer, the “Set It Off Man”; and Harlem’s Amateur Night’s longstanding famous house band led by music director, Michael Mitchell (MJ The Musical), featuring DaiQuan Davis on drums, Reggie Young on bass, and Matt Oestreicher on guitar and keyboard.

Since its inception in 1934, the Apollo’s signature Amateur Night has attracted audiences from all corners of the globe and given a platform to what are now some of the biggest names in entertainment, including D’Angelo, Luther Vandross, Lauryn Hill, and H.E.R. Amateur Night has long been revered by artists as a transformative experience where up-and-coming talent feel the power of the legendary performers who have come before them, and where audience responses can help make or break a career.

A special holiday presentation of Amateur Night co-hosted by young actor Christian Vance, who plays young Michael in MJ the Musical, takes place on Saturday, December 10 at 7:30PM EST. The Amateur Night Holiday Special will gather exciting new child stars Brianna Cameron, Emelise Munoz, and Pranysqa Mishra, and Amateur Night alums Michelle Galvis, Christian Guardino, Kofi, Alexis Morrast, Austin Paul, Jr., and Matthew Whitaker for a special, non-competitive evening of holiday classics and other musical hits.

GRAND FINALE INFORMATION

Finalists will compete for the season title and Grand Prize of $20,000. From a global pool of vocalists, rappers, dancers, instrumentalists, comedians, spoken-word artists, and other performers, one talented entertainer will be taking home the highly coveted Amateur Night Grand Prize —which has jump-started the careers of artists like Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, H.E.R., Machine Gun Kelly and the Jackson 5—as well as $20,000.

Contestants between the ages of 5 and 17 will likewise compete for the title of “Child Star of Tomorrow” and a $5,000 prize.

AMATEUR NIGHT HOLIDAY SPECIAL

WHEN: Saturday, December 10 at 7:30PM EST

At The Apollo’s Historic Theater – 253 W. 125th Street


Young actor Christian Vance, who currently plays young Michael in MJ the Musical, co-hosts this family-friendly non-competitive evening showcasing talented young Apollo Stars of Tomorrow Brianna Cameron, Emelise Munoz, and Pranysqa Mishrat, and Amateur Night alums Michelle Galvis, Christian Guardino, Kofi, Alexis Morrast, Austin Paul, Jr. and Matthew Whitaker.

Wednesday, November 23 at 7:30PM EST

The Apollo’s Historic Theater – 253 W. 125th Street, Harlem, NY, www.ApolloTheater.org.

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