It is known as a place "where stars are born and legends are made." The Apollo Theater became a household name during the Harlem Renaissance, in the decades between World Wars I and II. The Apollo, brought national attention to scores of talented artists from Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holliday to James Brown and the Jackson 5. Jimi Hendrix won the Apollo's contest for amateur musicians in 1964. Comedians like Richard Pryor and Redd Foxx also made their mark on the Apollo's main stage.
Since May, Tony winner Kamilah Forbes, an Oxford University graduate and a long-time producer and director has served as the Apollo's Executive Producer. The young hip-hop impressario talks with Fox's Jane Metzler about her impressive career, her plans for the iconic theater and its new production of the original musical "The First Noel." Commissioned by the Classical Theater of Harlem and featuring some of Broadway's top talent, "The First Noel" runs from December 10th through the 18th and could well become New York City's uptown holiday tradition.
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