All-star lineup for 'Apollo at 70'

May 24, 2004 at 2:30 PM

NEW YORK, May 24 (UPI) -- NBC said Monday actor Denzel Washington will join singers Willie Nelson and Natalie Cole onstage for next month's "Apollo at 70: A Hot Night in Harlem."

Washington is a two-time Oscar winning actor. Nelson and Cole are multiple Grammy-winning recording artists.

They join a previously announced lineup that includes Patti Austin, Shirley Caesar, Harry Connick Jr., Bob Dylan, Herbie Hancock, Patti LaBelle, Brian McKnight, Branford Marsalis and Arturo Sandoval.

The June 19 telecast, from the stage of legendary Apollo Theater in Harlem, will benefit the Apollo Theater Foundation.

The Apollo opened in 1934. Its Amateur Night served as a launching pad for such performers as James Brown, Ella Fitzgerald and Michael Jackson.

The theater was named a federal, state and city landmark in 1983. The State of New York acquired the theater in 1991.

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