Staff Pick: A Night at the Apollo at the Southern Theater

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

A morality campaign against New York's burlesque theaters in the early 1930s (hip shaking! sin!) left the Apollo Theater in need of a new specialty. The Harlem venue reopened in 1934 and began hosting Wednesday Amateur Night.

The switch from dirty dancing to young musical talent proved to be a smart one. For singers, earning a performance at Amateur Night at the Apollo became almost as big of a deal as having a record go platinum. That stage launched the careers of Ella Fitzgerald, James Brown and Lauryn Hill, among many others.

Broadway star Marva Hicks (shown) will join the Columbus Jazz Orchestra this weekend to present the best songs from the theater's rich history. Get an earful of nostalgia with songs like "My Guy" and "Stop! In the Name of Love" and tunes from artists such as Otis Redding and Gladys Knight.

Southern Theatre

Thursday-Sunday, April 14-17

21 E. Main St., Downtown