Ellington at Christmas to Include Excerpts from Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite and Sacred Music Concerts featuring Savion Glover, Lizz Wright, and Keith David
Creative Mind Entertainment, OBC Dream Theatre, and the Apollo Theater in Association with Seattle Theatre Group Present a New Work in Development:
UNSPEAKABLE: A dramatic fantasia. Inspired by the Life of Comedian Richard Pryor
Special Concerts Featuring Janelle Monáe, Michael McDonald, and the Preservation Hall Band
Amateur Night at the Apollo Presents SUPER TOP DOG 2013 Finals in November & a Special Evening hosted by Wayne Brady in October
Signature Series Apollo Music Café Returns With Stephanie McKay and Jermaine Paul
The Apollo Theater announced details today for a slate of dynamic Fall/Winter 2013 programming consisting of music and dance performances, showcases of established and emerging artists, and education programs led by featured artists. The season will feature groundbreaking and diverse presentations including the World Premiere of James Brown: Get on the Good Foot – A Celebration in Dance, spotlighting the influences of the late “Godfather of Soul,” and the special holiday presentation of Ellington at Christmas, which focuses on The Duke’s Nutcracker Suite as well as a recreation of his Sacred Music Concerts, under the musical direction of David Berger and featuring Savion Glover and Lizz Wright.
These new productions will be complemented by the Apollo’s signature series Amateur Night at the Apollo, which will culminate its 79th season with the Super Top Dog finals, and Apollo Music Café, the popular series showcasing independent musicians in an intimate club-like atmosphere on the Theater’s Soundstage. The Apollo also continues its legacy as a cornerstone for the Harlem community with engagement programs for school children, young professionals, and community members, led by notable performers, scholars, and community leaders.
“We’re excited to present a season filled with so much original programming that ties back to the Apollo’s history and community,” said Mikki Shepard, Executive Producer of the Apollo Theater. “Programs in our new season celebrate legends like Duke Ellington, Richard Pryor, and James Brown—who helped make the Apollo the institution we know it as today—by capitalizing on contemporary styles, forms, and talent. Our new season embodies our commitment to bring programming that’s as diverse as its audiences and builds upon the Apollo’s rich legacy in contemporary and innovative ways.”