By Hadas Kuznits
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Producers from the Apollo Theater came to Philadelphia to hold open auditions for performers who dream of setting foot on New York’s legendary stage.
Folks from all over came to the Kimmel Center for a chance to perform at the legendary Apollo Theater.
“We go outside of the Apollo about twice per year and this year, Philadelphia is one of our stops. We haven’t been here,” says Marion Caffey, producer of Apollo Amateur Night. “The Apollo used to be the only place black performers could go to sell their wares. Now, black performers can go anywhere to become a star, including my own living room and my computer via YouTube!”
Nowadays, people still want a chance to perform at the Apollo Theater live, if only to be a part of entertainment history.
“And every week, we have 10-15 contestants walk on that stage, the same stage that held James Brown’s sweat and Aretha Franklin’s riffs!” says Caffey.