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Since 1934, the well-worn stage at The Apollo Theater has been one of the world's greatest launching pads for phenomenal talent, catapulting the likes of James Brown and Ella Fitzgerald to international stardom.


Thousands of contestants audition each year, with the hopes of facing the famously mean Apollo audience, described "like a bunch of pit bulls eating raw meat." Judged by the length of their cheers — or the depths of their boos — these contestants put more than their pride on the line in the hope of becoming famous.


In An Apollo Legend, we meet two such hopefuls, who share their beliefs about their own talent, as well as their determination to succeed. What does it take to get up on that stage? And could just facing the crowd be success in itself?


An Apollo Legend is a product of the MediaStorm Storytelling Workshop, where participants work alongside MediaStorm staff to create an intimate, character-driven documentary in just one week. Learn more about upcoming MediaStorm workshops and online training at mediastorm.com/train.


Published: October 5, 2008


Credits

Reporting & Editing: Ricky Montalvo, Bernadette Tuazon, Evan Vucci
Producer: Bob Sacha
Executive Producer: Brian Storm
Additional Reporting: Bob Sacha
Additional Production: Eric Maierson
Graphics Package: Tim Klimowicz
Workshop Director: Jessica Stuart
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