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New Exhibit Showcases Apollo’s Legendary History

Apollo Theater (credit: AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Apollo Theater (credit: AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – The spotlight is turned on the Apollo Theater in a new exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York.

In a collection called ‘Ain’t Nothing Like The Real Thing’, the story of the Apollo Theater is explored and how it evolved from a burlesque hall to a cornerstone in African-American music.

Legends have been made on the Harlem stage, and many dreams have been broken.

WCBS 880 Reporter Monica Miller Previews the Exhibit Showcasing Apollo Theater


Singer Dionne Warwick spoke to WCBS 880 Reporter Monica Miller about getting past her nerves to perform during amateur night at the Apollo Theater.

“When you walk on the stage that was graced by THE legends, I still have a lot to go. I’m working on it…I’m a legendette,” said Warwick.

R&B artist Chuck Jackson told Miller he knew he made it big when he was asked to perform at the Apollo Theater.

“Apollo Theater, my heart. Knowing that some of the greatest entertainers started their careers on that wonderful stage, now I knew the chance I always wanted,” said Jackson.

Louis Armstrong’s trumpet B.B. King’s guitar and the Beastie Boys’ Boom box are on display through May 1.

Everyone has their favorite, even in-house historian Billy Mitchell.

“That James Brown jumpsuit with ‘sex machine’ on it,” said Mitchell.

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