Apollo Theater Exhibit In D.C. Shows Jackson's Hat | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

Apollo Theater Exhibit In D.C. Shows Jackson's Hat

Play associated audio

By BRETT ZONGKER Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) Michael Jackson's fedora, Ella Fitzgerald's dress and Louis Armstrong's trumpet are together in Washington to celebrate New York's Apollo Theater that helped make these stars shine.

The Smithsonian's not-yet-built black history museum is bringing Harlem to the nation's capital with the first exhibit focused on the Apollo and its impact. It opens Friday at the National Museum of American History.

The late King of Pop won the theater's Amateur Night as a youngster in 1967 with the Jackson Five. Fitzgerald debuted on Amateur Night at age 17. Many other top names also were frequent performers.

Singer and actress Leslie Uggams toured the exhibit Tuesday, recalling the start of her career at the Apollo. She debuted at age 9 and soon was appearing in 29 shows a week.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

WAMU 88.5

Art Beat With Lauren Landau, May 27, 2015

Life is hard, confusing, funny and devastating. You can see two plays that focus on characters who are just trying to figure things out.

NPR

How Dorothea Lange Taught Us To See Hunger And Humanity

Perhaps no one did more to show us the human toll of the Great Depression than Lange, who was born on this day in 1895. Her photos of farm workers and others have become iconic of the era.
NPR

Santorum Hopes To Catch Lightning In A Bottle A Second Time

The former Pennsylvania senator, who won Iowa in 2012, hopes he can do it again. But with a more crowded field, he might find it difficult to stand out.
NPR

How Will The Next President Protect Our Digital Lives?

For the first time in a White House race, the candidates will need a game plan for cyber policy for Day 1 in the Oval Office and will have some tough choices to make.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.