Monmouth Street is in for a major upgrade when this stunning new building goes up!

This smaller building adjacent to the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, (part of the Basie) is now closed. The electricity was turned off over the weekend after the building was emptied.

The small building was home to many of the awesome programs that The Basie offers for kids that take lessons and learn to perform in music, acting, singing, and other programs. These programs will be relocated temporarily, because The Basie has BIG plans for this space.

So get ready for construction because here is a rendering to give you some idea of what the new building may look like:

(Photo courtesy of Jon Vena)
(Photo courtesy of Jon Vena)

The new center for the performing arts will become a full block that will include a spacious outdoor plaza framed by an expanded, glass-walled lobby. The parking lot that was out front will no longer exist.

The new space will contain state-of-the-art classrooms, rehearsal studios, and a home for partner non-profits that will allow everyone to interact and thrive as part of the Basie's creative arts campus.The new building will also include an elevator and concession area.

The Count BasieTheatre itself will also get some enhancements, including new rigging and staging technology and updated backstage areas like a modern artists lounge and dressing rooms with world-class amenities for performers and students.

And there will be a SECOND performance space that will provide a new generation of artists -- from up-and-coming musicians to actors and comedians -- to develop into future main-stage attractions.

The Basie is a regional center for the performing arts and describes this future building (which could take a year or two to open) as a full block of talent, passion, and learning to inspire the next generation.

As the mom of a son who participates in performing arts at that location, we can't wait! If you would like to sign up your talented kids for some of the great performing arts programs (my son is in the Jazz Arts Academy) CLICK HERE to see what's being offered for the spring and summer!

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