The Basie Awards

The Count Basie Center’s annual Basie Awards is a program modeled after Broadway’s Tony™ Awards, honoring excellence in high school theatre in Monmouth County. Each year, adjudicators are sent to review straight plays and musicals. Nominations are made, and the culminating awards ceremony is a not-to-be-missed celebration honoring those who share a passion and understanding of the power of theatre and the arts.

Every year, the Basie’s Education department forms an adjudication committee of theatre lovers, performers and educators, who then attend and score upwards of 50 school productions. Buzz for the Basie Awards kicks off in late April with the announcement of nominees, which recognizes 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 4th, 2022 through April 16th, 2023


  • Register your school to participate in the 2022-23 Basie Awards using this form.
  • You will receive a confirmation email, and further details will be shared for you to submit candidates for performance and technical award categories.
  • Based on your submission, four adjudicators are sent to performances (based on schedule and availability).
  • Within one month of the closing of your production, you will be sent the adjudicator’s feedback.
  • Nominees for the 2022-2023 season are announced in late April 2023.
  • Join us for the 18th Annual Basie Awards presented by BANK OF AMERICA on May 24th 2023
  • Tickets will go on sale in April.

For questions or more information, please email [email protected]