Showtime At The Apollo

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NY Times: Book is Like a Sprawling Hollywood Biopic

“The graphic novel “Showtime at the Apollo: The Epic Tale of Harlem’s Legendary Theater” is like a sprawling Hollywood biopic. A sea of boldface names — James Brown, the Jackson Five, Dionne Warwick and countless others — make their way through the theater.

The work, adapted by Ted Fox from his 1983 history of the same name, and illustrated by James Otis Smith, goes beyond the singers, dancers, comedians and other entertainers who have taken the stage of the Apollo, which celebrates its 85th anniversary this month. The book also shines a light on Harlem and black culture in America.

Fox said he reworked his Apollo history into a focused narrative told in three acts, beginning years before the first performance at the theater.”

Read the full article from the New York Times Arts Section here:

January 2, 2019

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