The Basie Awards

The Count Basie Center for the Arts’ annual Basie Awards is a program modeled after Broadway’s Tony™ Awards, honoring excellence in high school theater in Monmouth County. Each year, evaluators are sent to review dramatic and musical productions, nominations are made, and the culminating awards ceremony is a not-to-be-missed evening of celebration honoring those who share a passion for and an understanding of the power of theater and the arts.

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.

How to get involved:

Fill out this form to submit your production for review at least two weeks prior to opening night of your production.

Eligible productions may run October 2021 through April 17th, 2022


  • Submit your production for review. This includes contact information, the roles to be evaluated, production team information, performance dates/times/location, and more.
  • Based on your application, four adjudicators are sent to performances (based on schedule and availability)
  • At the end of each fall drama/spring musical season you will be sent the evaluators reviews
  • Nominees for the 2021-2022 season are announced early May 2022
  • Join us for the Basie Awards – May 25th 2022