The Apollo Theater announced today that a Billie Holiday hologram show created with Hologram USA will be its first presentation in the expansion of its daytime programming which celebrates the iconic theater’s legacy and enduring impact. This new initiative will launch in late 2015 and utilize state-of-the-art hologram technology developed by Hologram USA. The program will draw upon legendary and contemporary artists to illustrate the Apollo’s impact on American music and culture. The magic of the same technology which created the Tupac Shakur hologram at Coachella 2012, will present the experience of seeing and hearing the iconic Billie Holiday in the setting of the Apollo stage where Ms. Holiday honed her skills, beginning with her debut at age 19 followed nearly 30 performances occurring at every major phase of her career.
Holiday’s influence on generations of jazz singers and musicians is without peer. Her Apollo engagements included solo concerts, as well as performances with the Count Basie Orchestra, Roy Eldridge, Duke Ellington, and Louis Armstrong. Holiday was inducted in the Apollo’s Walk of Fame earlier this year in a ceremony that included a performance by jazz singer Cassandra Wilson, one of the many contemporary musicians who credit Holiday’s influence on their careers.
In the continuing celebration of Billie Holiday’s centennial, The Bicycle Music Company and the Holiday estate are thrilled to partner on this initiative which will help connect contemporary audiences with Lady Day’s music and legacy in a fresh, exciting way.