The legendary theatre built in 1984 and named for the jazz musician, and Red Bank native William James "Count" Basie is changing its name.

Don't worry. Count Basie will still be honored proudly, just in a bigger way.

Introducing Count Basie Center for the Arts!

Count Basie Center for the Arts

Adam Philipson, President, and CEO, of Count Basie Center for the Arts, said in a press release:

Today, we raise the Basie name to represent all that this regional, center for the arts stands for: our nonprofit mission of arts and education, our work in schools and the community, and all of the excellence and excitement that comes from that. Today, we are the Count Basie Center for the Arts.

A $26 million expansion is underway at Count Basie Center for the Arts. The world-class entertainment and arts that you've come to expect will continue, but get ready for some really exciting additions.

Construction is underway on the west end of the building, which will house the Jay and Linda Grunin Arts and Education Building, as well as the Basie’s as-yet-unnamed second performance space. While I can't comment on the few details I've been given on this performance space, when completed, it will be a game changer in Red Bank and New Jersey as a whole.

Improvements to the east end will create an expanded lobby, new concessions and restroom facilities, a new Basie members lounge, the Stillwell-Larkin Pavilion and a spacious outdoor plaza, will follow. Here's a small look at what's to come!

Count Basie Center for the Arts

94.3 The Point is beyond thrilled to continue our relationship with Count Basie Center for the Arts, including our annual "Giving Tuesday" radiothon which has raised thousands for POAC Autism Services and Vet Tix.

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