The Basie Awards
Every year, the Basie’s Education department forms an evaluation committee of theater lovers, performers and educators, who then attend and score upwards to 50 local productions. Buzz for the Basies kicks off in early May, with the announcement of nominees in 25 categories recognizing excellence in everything from acting and directing to set and costume design, choreography, lighting and orchestra. Several weeks later, a capacity crowd packs our historic theater to watch selections from area performances and cheer the nominees and winners.
The Count Basie Theatre’s Basie Awards are sponsored by RWJ Barnabas Health – Monmouth Medical Center, a partnership that promotes awareness of the importance of the arts in physical and mental well-being.