Officials at the Harlem theater confirmed to DNAinfo that the president will make an appearance at a concert fundraiser in his honor on Jan. 19.
This is not the first time the president has turned a spotlight onto the historic venue and other neighborhood landmarks. Obama held a fundraiser at the Apollo back in 2007, and in 2011, he visited the up-and-coming Red Rooster restaurant and Studio Museum.
Unlike other upcoming events where the admission prices soar close to the $40,000-per-plate range, tickets will begin at $100 to attend the concert, with premium orchestra seating costing $500 and including a pre-show reception with Lin-Manuel Miranda. The photo reception, premium seating and pre-show reception package costs $5,000 to $25,000.
Director Spike Lee and his wife, Tonya Lee Lewis, are set to host the president for dinner in their Upper East Side brownstone at 6 p.m. on Jan. 19, Page Six reported last week.
That intimate reception for 60 is expected to raise nearly a quarter of a million dollars for the president’s reelection bid, which Lee evidently thinks the incumbent will need.
“It’s going to be tough. It’s going to be a fight,” Lee was quoted in the Hollywood Reporter as saying.
Obama will also reportedly make a stop at a reception with Jewish leaders hosted by Dr. Daniel E. Fass and Alexandra Stanton, at the restaurant Daniel on the Upper East Side.
Tickets for that event will reportedly cost $5,000 or $25,000 for a meet-and-greet, complete with a photo opportunity.
The restaurant declined to comment on the report. Fass and Stanton did not return calls for comment.