Showtime at the Apollo (Hardcover)

The Epic Tale of Harlem’s Legendary Theater

By Ted Fox, James Otis Smith (Illustrator)

Harry N. Abrams, 9781419731389, 240pp.

Publication Date: January 8, 2019

List Price: 24.99*
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About the Author

Ted Fox is the author of Showtime at the Apollo: The Story of Harlem’s World Famous Theater—the definitive and only full-scale history of Harlem’s legendary showplace. He lives in Manhattan and in Dutchess County, New York.

James Otis Smith is a multi-talented artist whose work spans illustration, comics, motion graphics, and video. Formerly a member of the Act-i-vate Comix collective, he designed and illustrated the children’s book Ancient Lands with writer Jason McCammon, among others. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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

“The graphic novel “Showtime at the Apollo: The Epic Tale of Harlem’s Legendary Theater” is like a sprawling Hollywood biopic… The book also shines a light on Harlem and black culture in America.”

"This graphic treatment adds a new dimension to a music book that was already hailed as a classic. Most graphic adaptations aim to reach new generations of readers with a work that is flashier but less substantial than the original. This collaboration between Fox (In the Groove: The People Behind the Music, 1986, etc.) and illustrator Smith represents a new experience for readers, one with an immediacy and vitality that text alone might never approach." 

“Anyone interested in African American music and history and pop culture history will find this a captivating read.”
            —Library Journal

“This is a vibrant, exultant, and soulful history.”

“Music lovers and history buffs alike will delight in this updated classic, and Smith’s stunning visuals will bring this important and exciting work to a whole new generation of readers.”

"Showtime not only adapts Fox’s book, originally published in 1983, it expands upon it, bringing the story of the venue up to date, including events as recent as 2018 as it tells the complete story of one of the most iconic venues in the country."

"...even those who are deeply familiar with the Apollo will find some delightful surprises in this evocative fusion of text and images." 

“This lively graphic novel traces the theater’s place in rhythm and blues, jazz and hip-hop history and its significance to New York City.”