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THE APOLLO THEATER ANNOUNCES TRIBUTE PLANS FOR MICHAEL JACKSON

4/12/2011, 4:37 p.m.

The Apollo's Amateur Night show on July 1 will feature C.P. Lacey, known to Apollo audiences as "The Executioner" and for his celebrity impersonations, will perform a special tribute to the King of Pop, and Amateur Night Music Director Ray Chew will perform a medley of Jackson's hits and, with Apollo personality Joe Gray, will encourage audience members to moonwalk and dance in the style of Michael Jackson during the Apollo soul train dance line segment at the top of the show.

About the Apollo Theater

Celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2009, the Apollo Theater is one of Harlem's, New York City's, and America's most iconic and enduring cultural institutions. The Apollo was one of the first theaters in New York, and the country, to fully integrate, welcoming traditionally African-American, Hispanic, and local immigrant populations in the audience, as well as headlining uniquely talented entertainers who found it difficult to gain entrance to other venues of similar size and resources. Since introducing the first Amateur Night contests in 1934, the Apollo Theater has played a major role in cultivating artists and in the emergence of innovative musical genres including jazz, swing, bebop, R&B, gospel, blues, soul, and hip-hop. Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, Sammy Davis, Jr., James Brown, Michael Jackson, Bill Cosby, Gladys Knight, Luther Vandross, D'Angelo, Lauryn Hill, and countless others began their road to stardom on the Apollo's stage. Based on its cultural significance and architecture, the Apollo Theater received state and city landmark designation in 1983 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.