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The Apollo Theater Chicago was built in the heart of Lincoln Park in 1978 by producers Jason Brett and Stuart Oken, and throughout the years the Apollo Theater Chicago has held historical significance in the theatrical landscape of this city.
An intimate space of only 430 seats, the Apollo's seating configuration of a semicircle around a three-quarter thrust stage, allows audiences an experience unparalleled in intimacy and accessibility.
In the '70's and early 80's many famous plays and people graced the Apollo stage. David Mamet's Sexual Perversity in Chicago became a smash hit at the Apollo, starring Jim Belushi in his dramatic stage debut. John Malkovich and Gary Sinise, as members of Steppenwolf Theatre Company, performed on the Apollo stage in Balm in Giliad. Also produced by Steppenwolf Theatre Company on the Apollo stage was Sam Shepard's True West.
In 1996, producer Rob Kolson took over the Apollo and has been the owner since. Under his ownership, the Apollo has had the pleasure of hosting some of the best and longest running musicals and shows in Chicago. Many more celebrities have graced the stage, including many strong women in the critically-acclaimed hit The Vagina Monologues which enjoyed a three-year stay at the Apollo Theater. The smash hit Million Dollar Quartet rock-n-rolled at the Apollo for almost eight years, securing itself the honor of being the longest running Broadway Musical in Chicago.
For many of the past 20 years, the Apollo has been the home to Emerald City Theatre Company, a company dedicated to family theater, as well as the home of Baby Wants Candy, a well known improvisational sensation.
The Apollo is committed to bringing commercial hits to Chicago and being involved in the landscape of Chicago Theater for many more years.
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