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Showtime at the Apollo: The Epic Tale of Harlem’s Legendary Theater

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Writer Ted Fox and artist James Otis Smith bring to life Harlem’s legendary theater in this graphic novel adaptation of Fox’s definitive, critically acclaimed history of the Apollo.
 
Since its inception as an African-American theater in 1934, the Apollo, and the thousands of entertainers who performed there, have led the way in the presentation of swing, bebop, rhythm and
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Hardcover, 240 pages
Expected publication: January 8th 2019 by Abrams ComicArts
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Zoe Rocks And Reads
Aug 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
The book itself was good. The story was easy to enjoy and learning about all the well known performers taking the stage of the Apollo was more interesting than I originally thought it’d be. The story really took the good with the bad. The only downside for me was the unfinished sketches and I wasn’t a huge fan of the art style. Other than that an enjoyable read
Laura
This is a review of the galley that is provided. Normally, I don't bring that up in a review, but this graphic novel about the history of the Apollo has been sent out for reviews as a work in progress. Some of the images are well detailed, and drawn, such as the one below.

The apollo

Others are just sketches, showing where people will be, and what will be drawn.

This throws me off. But, the story itself, is very thorough. The whole history, with all the good, the bad and the ugly, so to speak. As the author
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Liesl
Jul 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
At the beginning of the book, Ted Fox says how he set out to tell the story of the Apollo, "the good and the bad", and this biography definitely delivers. There were places where it got a bit confusing for me, as someone who is less well-versed in the history of R&B, but overall the book does a pretty good job of conveying a lot of history in a very small number of pages. The art helps a lot with that too: I really liked the small portraits, showing whose recollections Fox was quoting from. ...more
Kimberly
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Take an amazing journey through the history, talent and sounds that is the Apollo Theatre! This graphic novel is spilling over with so many stories of artist and performers who started their careers at the Apollo! Reading each page you feel like you are right there, backstage, on stage, in the audience singing along to your favorite songs! This is a fantastic introduction to the history of African-American performers and music for children! Even for adults, as you will be take back down memory l ...more
B R Y A N N A  Gladney
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was fun to read i am extremely happy to learn more about what started the showtime at the apollo after watching it for many years. Its definitely legendary and a classic .i really did love the art work and the magical words attached to this graphic novel.
Diane Hernandez
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
For decades, performers have known they have made it big when they hear, It’s Showtime at the Apollo!

More than just about the Apollo Theater in Harlem, this fact-filled graphic novel tells the story of African-American music in NYC from the Harlem Renaissance after WWI through the present. All the greats from all the eras have played the Apollo—Lena Horne, Count Basie, Billie Holiday, Gladys Knight, Nicholas Brothers, James Brown, the Jackson 5, Sammy David Jr., Funkadelic and L.L. Cool J.

There
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Adriana
I'm making this a temporary rating, because it's based on a very unfinished advanced readers copy that I'm hoping will be ironed out in the end. There are a lot of problems with the way it's arranged and it's really hard to read and figure out in which order to read things in.
Really hoping this gets fixed, because the art is solid and there is a lot of really good information and gossip to be found inside. The history of the Apollo theater is the history of American music and it plays out wonde
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ElphaReads
Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of this book!

This is a very informative book that gives a comprehensive history of Harlem's Apollo Theater. Ted Fox adapted it from his previous non fiction book of the same name. This graphic novel has first person accounts from many performers from Dionne Warwick to Redd Foxxx to Leslie Uggams and many, many more, and the lived experiences make it feel very rich and authentic. This is, however, an unfinished ARC, so a lot of the artwork was a wo
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Emilia P
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
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I read a review copy that was maybe a third complete, illustration wise, but I was still totally into it, which surprised me! Pacing! All the different elements of showbiz crashing together over the decades! Cab! Ella! James Brown! Dionne! Michael! STEVE HARVEY. Always Steve Harvey.
It made me really curious about the book it's adapted from. I also look forward to the finished version!
Stephanie
Sep 22, 2018 rated it liked it
This is such a fascinating piece of history, and I appreciated all that I got to learn about the Apollo Theater and the artists who performed there.

It's expertly drawn - a beautiful piece of artistry,
Be ready for a lot of reading in this graphic novel.
Engel Dreizehn
Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
ARC Copy with WIP illustrations...a very dense but informative narrative on the rich and long history of the Apollo Theater, it's place in Harlem/African American culture, and the shows that occur including the infamous Amateur nights.
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