Count Basie Theatre Honors Paper

Theatergoers will notice something new when they next visit the Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank’s landmark entertainment and arts-education venue.
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Theatergoers will notice something new when they next visit the Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank’s landmark entertainment and arts-education venue. 

Honoring its longtime relationship with the Asbury Park Press, the theater has dedicated its main stage to the daily newspaper. The action is seen as the beginning of a new chapter for the venue, which a year-and-a-half ago launched a $20 million capital campaign to renovate and expand, with the goal of becoming the arts and education hub in the area. Theater officials say they are at the halfway point in that campaign, and that the newspaper is among its top contributors. 

At the recent dedication of The Asbury Park Press Stage, Basie president and CEO Adam Philipson said the venue’s campaign is “a large vision” that will mean “more shows, more of an economic impact. It means more children that we can reach, more educational outreach we can have.”

The venue opened in 1926 and has hosted headlining acts from Tony Bennett to Norah Jones, as well as film screenings and theater and dance productions. 

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