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HOST STEVE HARVEY RETURNS TO THE LEGENDARY APOLLO THEATER FOR AN ALL-NEW ONE-HOUR "SHOWTIME AT THE APOLLO" WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1, ON FOX
Featured Artists Include Chaka Khan, T.I. Featuring Meek Mill, Quavo And Rara, Mike Epps and Gabriel Iglesias
Emmy Award-winning personality Steve Harvey returns to host SHOWTIME AT THE APOLLO, a brand-new one-hour special and reimagining of the classic talent showcase series. Artists participating in the event include the legendary Chaka Khan, T.I. featuring Meek Mill, Quavo and RaRa, Mike Epps and Gabriel Iglesias. The special airs Wednesday, Feb. 1 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
Also to be featured in the special are elements from the Apollo's legendary Amateur Night - the long-running, live talent competition, now in its 82nd year - which provides a platform for up-and-coming artists to perform in front of the toughest audience in the world. The Apollo audience is famed as one of entertainment's most boisterous and brutally honest and those amateurs who don't win over the crowd risk being booed off the stage. Amateur Night at the Apollo launched the careers of many iconic artists, including James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Lauryn Hill, Michael Jackson and The Jackson Five, D'Angelo and countless others, and the show continues to present new talent on the legendary Apollo stage every Wednesday night. The Apollo Theater's Amateur Night has long been revered by artists as a transformative experience during which up-and-coming talent feel the power of the legendary performers who have come before them, while audience response can help make or break a career.
A two-hour SHOWTIME AT THE APOLLO event aired on Dec. 5, 2016, and featured unforgettable performances by Ashanti and Ja Rule, pop superstar John Legend, rappers Flo Rida, Busta Rhymes, Doug E. Fresh and Rakim; and musical acts Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, Bell Biv Devoe, En Vogue and Jodeci. The special also showcased comedians Anthony Anderson, Tracy Morgan, George Lopez and Jay Pharoah.
About Steve Harvey
Steve Harvey is a TV personality, talk show host, actor and comedian who currently hosts three popular TV shows: "The Steve Harvey Show," which premiered in 2011; breakout hit "Little Big Shots" and game show "Family Feud," which he began hosting in 2010; as well as a nationally syndicated radio show, "The Steve Harvey Morning Show," since its inception in 2000. He also hosted the 2015 MISS UNIVERSE contest, which aired on FOX. Additionally, Harvey will host the upcoming "Steve Harvey's Funderdome," a new game show featuring young innovators and entrepreneurs. Harvey began his career doing stand-up comedy in the mid-1980s. His success as a comedian eventually led to a long stint as host of "It's Showtime at the Apollo," as well as various acting, hosting, writing and producing roles. Harvey's television and film career includes roles in "Me and The Boys," "The Steve Harvey Show," "Steve Harvey's Big Time Challenge," "Love Don't Cost a Thing," "You Got Served," "Johnson Family Vacation" and "Madea Goes to Jail." In addition, Harvey is a best-selling author.
About the Apollo Theater
The legendary Apollo Theater - the soul of American culture - plays a vital role in cultivating emerging talents and launching legends. Since its founding, the Apollo has served as a center of innovation and a creative catalyst for Harlem, the city of New York and the world. With music at its core, the Apollo's programming extends to dance, theater, performance art, spoken word initiatives and more. This includes the October 2014 premiere and 2015 international tour of the dance celebration project "James Brown: Get on the Good Foot"; the annual Africa Now! Festival; Apollo Club Harlem; and the 2016 New York premiere of the opera "Charlie Parker's YARDBIRD." The Apollo is a presenting organization that also produces festivals, large-scale dance and music works organized around a set of core initiatives: Apollo Music Signature Programs - Amateur Night, Salon Series and Apollo Music Café; Legacy Series - work that celebrates and extends the Apollo's legacy through a contemporary lens; Global Festivals, including the Women of the World (WOW) Festival and Breakin' Convention; international and U.S.-based artist presentations focused on a specific theme; and Special Projects - multidisciplinary work with partner organizations. Since introducing the first Amateur Night contests in 1934, the Apollo Theater has served as a testing ground for new artists working across a variety of art forms, and has ushered in the emergence of many new musical genres, - including jazz, swing, bebop, R&B, gospel, blues, soul, and hip hop. Among the countless legendary performers who launched their careers at the Apollo are D'Angelo, Lauryn Hill, Machine Gun Kelly, Miri Ben Ari, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, James Brown, Michael Jackson, Gladys Knight, Luther Vandross and Stevie Wonder; and the Apollo's forward-looking artistic vision continues to build on this legacy. The Apollo Theater is a not-for-profit organization with the mission to extend the institution's role in fostering artistic innovation and in building appreciation of American culture around the world. For more information, visit www.apollotheater.org.
SHOWTIME AT THE APOLLO will be executive-produced by Jim Roush and Chris Wagner for the Roush-Wagner Company. Reginald Hudlin will executive-produce and serve as showrunner. Don Weiner will executive-produce and direct the special. Jonelle Procope will serve as an executive producer for the Apollo Theater and Michael Antinoro will serve as an executive producer for IMG. "Like" the series on Facebook at facebook.com/FOXTV and facebook.com/ApolloTheater. Follow the special @FOXTV and @ApolloTheater.