Billie Holiday in hologram show

The late singer Billie Holiday will appear at the Apollo Theater in New York in a hologram performance.
The late singer Billie Holiday will appear at the Apollo Theater in New York in a hologram performance.PHOTO: PBS

NEW YORK • Legendary singer Billie Holiday will return to the New York stage posthumously this year as the Apollo Theater launches hologram performances.

The Apollo, the iconic cradle of jazz located in Harlem, announced on Wednesday that it would be the first theatre in the United States to feature regular programming by hologram.

The first performance will take place later in the year - a show by Holiday, one of the greatest influences on generations of jazz and pop singers, who died destitute in 1959.

"The possibilities inherent in this initiative are very exciting, allowing us the ability to show the enduring impact and relevance of artists across time periods and geographic locations," said Ms Jonelle Procope, president and chief executive of the Apollo Theater.

She said the Holiday show, made in consultation with her estate, and subsequent performances would also accommodate the growing number of daytime tourists looking to visit the theatre.

Holiday, who would have turned 100 last April, sang frequently at the Apollo - one of the few racially integrated theatres at the time - including an early performance of the seminal protest song, Strange Fruit, about lynchings of African-Americans in the South.

"To be able to bring back epic artists on the historic stage that gave them their debuts is mind-boggling," said Mr Alki David, the Greek-British entrepreneur behind Hologram USA, the company that is partnering the Apollo.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 11, 2015, with the headline 'Billie Holiday in hologram show'. Print Edition | Subscribe