During the s, several white rock and roll performers whose musical backgrounds were more country music oriented, such as Buddy Holly and Duane Eddy played the Apollo but scored with their audiences by playing blues -styled material. The theater's audience was often mixed: Billing itself as a place "where stars are born and legends are made," the Apollo became famous for launching the careers of artists such as Ella Fitzgerald , who made her singing debut at 17 at the Apollo, on November 21, Fitzgerald's performances pulled in a weekly audience at the Apollo and she won the opportunity to compete in one of the earliest of its "Amateur Nights". She had originally intended to go on stage and dance, but intimidated by the Edwards Sisters, a local dance duo, she opted to sing instead, in the style of Connee Boswell.
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Amateur Night at the Apollo
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See Article History Alternative Titles: It has been a significant venue for African American popular music. After a few years it was purchased by a competitor and renamed the th Street Apollo Theater. The district surrounding the building was opened up during the s to African Americans making the Great Migration out of the South, and in the s Harlem was transformed into a black residential and commercial area.
West End[ edit ] Lyn Gardner of The Guardian wrote a rave review, commenting that "There are times when the show comes perilously close to sentimentality, but the clarity of Christopher's gaze is so unflinching that it often makes you uncomfortable, and the show is equally clear-eyed on the difficulties of parenting, messiness of life, and torment of a child who cannot bear to be touched. Leading a fine cast, Luke Treadaway is superb as Christopher, appealing and painful to watch, like the show itself. It's hard to recall the surprise of this Yet it at first seemed unlikely that Mark Haddon's novel about a boy with a mathematical gift and 'behavioural problems' could possibly work in the theatre.