01/12/2012 01:03 pm ET

Jennifer Holliday To Kick Off 78th Season Of Apollo's Amateur Night

Tony Award-winning actress Jennifer Holliday is set to make her Apollo debut on February 1 during the opening night of the theater's 78th season of Amateur Night.

Known for launching the careers of countless performers, the celebration will feature a special performance from the original Broadway "Dreamgirl" in addition to the launch of the theater's new interactive site, Amateur Night Online.

"This year's Opening Night show is particularly special because we are introducing something really different and new to the Apollo audience with Amateur Night Online," Amateur Night producer Marion J. Caffey said in a press release. "The new site will be interactive, allowing users to vote from home, extending the Apollo's reach well beyond our own four walls."

"And we couldn't be more excited to be showcasing the original Dreamgirl, Jennifer Holliday, who will surely be an inspiration to all our contestants and who will help us kick off our 78th season in style. This is going to be a great year for Amateur Night."

The 78th season of Amateur Night will take place every Wednesday through October 2012.