Saturday, February 21, 2009

The Apollo is 75 Years And Still Going Strong

After every trip I try to do some NYC sight seeing before I go back to work. I live in the best place on earth and as Dorothy said "There's no place like home."

The Apollo theater is celebrating its 75th anniversary with an open house this weekend and next. The cost--NOTHING!!!! It was a once in a lifetime experience to be able to wander the theater, go backstage and on stage and be where so many of the music and comedy greats got their starts.

It is one of the most fabulous NY experiences I have ever had. If you live in the area, or plan on being in the area don't miss it.

The bathroom was fantastic--there was even a matron handing out paper towels, just like in the glory days of the Apollo. (My weakness is photographing nice bathrooms.)

The balcony. People used to jump off the balcony to get near the stars.

The chandeliers in the lobby.

The box seats.

The original dressing room. Although new dressing rooms, completely modernized have been added, many celebrities prefer the old ones. They like the ambiance of knowing they are dressing in the same place their heroes dressed. The stage and the wonderful man that lead the entire production. A few audience members went up on stage to sing and dance. They had the experience of being on the actual stage where Amateur Night at the Apollo took place. More careers were launched here than on American Idol and Star Search.

The sound system, behind the stage. The seats. They were all replaced a few years ago. The original ones were yellow vinyl that people stuck to in the summer and ripped their polyester on the torn seat cushions.

The celebrity wall of signatures. You can find almost every great here if you look hard enough.

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