Once again ladies and gentleman, it’s showtime!
This week the world renowned Harlem theater and the FOX network announced the television return of “Showtime At The Apollo.” The announcement of the one-hour weekly talent showcase, which will premiere during 2017-2018 season, will also mark the return of longtime Apollo host, Steve Harvey who also hosted last year’s revival special.
While last year’s two hour event showcased the Apollo’s legendary Amateur Night and featured appearances by comedians Tracy Morgan, and Mike Epps and performances by T.I., John Legend, and En Vogue, Harvey said the latest iteration of the weekly series will be focused on finding comedy’s next biggest star.
“We all had such a blast on the two specials that aired earlier this season, that we thought it really deserved being a weekly event,” said Harvey in a press release for the upcoming series. “But our mission is a little different this time around. Instead of just putting on a great show, we’re going to do that and find the next great comic and the next big music star.”
Harvey, who served as the show’s host for seven years beginning in 1993, went on to express his enthusiasm for returning to the Apollo stage.
“That’s what the Apollo is all about. My roots are on that stage and I can’t wait to be there every week, looking for great talent. Who said you can’t go back home again,” he added.
Since opening in 1934, the theater’s legendary Amateur Night talent competition has been lauded for launching the careers of countless entertainers including Ella Fitzgerald, Stevie Wonder, Dave Chappelle, James Brown, Lauryn Hill, and The Jackson 5 to name a few.
Open auditions for “Showtime At The Apollo” will be held at the Apollo Theater on April 23.