Music: Apollo's Girl

At Harlem's 1,700-seat Apollo Theater, Wednesday nights are gala affairs, and seats go on sale a week in advance. By the time the last stage show is over the house is packed and noisy, waiting for Harlem's No. 1 amateur show. 'The fun really begins when bouncy, bright-eyed Stagehand Norman ("Puerto Rico") Miller appears, dressed up in one of a roomful of outlandish costumes, and brandishing the prop pistol he uses to chase unsuccessful amateurs offstage.

Last week, tricked out in a yellow and pink garden dress, picture hat and orange and magenta feather boa, Puerto Rico pursued a hapless, grinning amateur...

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