The relaunch of Apollo Love is almost here! Apollo Live is brought to you by the brilliant creative trio and executive producers Jamie Foxx, Marcus King, and Don Weiner who put a fresh spin on the classic “Amateur Night” at the Apollo Theater, enlisting the legendary Gladys Knight, veteran emcee Doug E. Fresh, and New Edition’s Michael Bivins to serve as judges; with comedian Tony Rock as host. This historic television re-launch is set to make its broadcast premiere this Thursday, November 29th at 8p/7c on BET. Can’t wait!
It’s been four years since production of Showtime At The Apollo ceased, but BET is staging a revival of the popular show in the form of Apollo Live with its broadcast premiere on November 29th at 8p/7c.
Birthplace of legends and home of future stars, The Apollo Theater shines anew for the next generation. Brought to you by the brilliant creative trio and executive producers Jamie Foxx, Marcus King, and Don Weiner who put a fresh spin on the classic “Amateur Night” variety show, Apollo Live is both a talent showcase and a singing competition. And there’s some serious talent in the judges seats with the legendary Gladys Knight, veteran emcee Doug E. Fresh, and New Edition’s Michael Bivins as judges. Hosted by comedian Tony Rock, Apollo Live promises to entertain with a bevy of special guest appearances and performances.
ABOUT THE CAST:
Tony Rock: Being the brother of an established entertainer can be tough, but Brooklyn native Tony Rock has been able to successfully elude the shadows of his older sibling and step into his own limelight as a skillful comedian, actor, and executive producer. After four successful seasons on the Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith executive produced sitcom, “All of Us” (2003-2007), he has gone on to star in a series of movies, including “Hitch,” “Three Can Play That Game,” HBO’s “Life Support,” and the box-office hit, “Think Like A Man.”
Gladys Knight: Gladys Knight is a legend who’s unparalleled career has spanned over the last fifty years have artistry. This eight-time Grammy winner has enjoyed #1 Adult Contemporary, and has triumphed in film, performance. Knight, known as the “Empress of Soul,” Last fall she was received the “Legend Award” at the 2011 Soul Train Awards to add to her long list of accolades.
Michael Bivins: Hefirst stepped onto the music scene at the young age of 13 as the founding member of the legendary R&B group New Edition. In 1990, Bivins, along with N.E. members Ricky Bell and Ronnie DeVoe branched out to form the hip-hop trio Bell Biv DeVoe/BBD, releasing the platinum selling album, Poison, and garnering the 1991 Billboard Award for Best New Artist.
Doug E. Fresh: Dubbed the “World’s Greatest Entertainer” for his unrivaled ability to rock a crowd, Harlem native Doug E. Fresh began his musical career at age 13. The originator of the human beat box (vocally simulating the sound of drums and other musical instruments), he spawned an international hip-hop trend. Throughout his 20 plus years in music, Fresh has collaborated with the world’s biggest artist including Tupac Shakur, Biggie Smalls, Eminem, P. Diddy, Dr. Dre, Prince, Roberta Flack, Chaka Kahn, and Stevie Wonder.
Will you be tuning in?
I got to see the sneak preview of the show after the Soul Train Music Awards, and I must say, it brought me back to the original Apollo Days that I lived to watch!