After four months in dry dock, it’s back to the high seas of entertainment for the Count Basie Theatre Thursday night, with a concert by Bobby Bandiera and the Jersey Shore Rock ‘n Soul Revue, a show that kicks off a string of 40 shows in 40 nights.
Wednesday night, though, no tickets are required to get a close look at what $8 million in plaster, paint and other materials can do for a dowdy old rustbucket.
If you live in the 07701 zip code, you should have received a postcard two weeks ago inviting you to a reception Wednesday night. But if you didn’t get it or did but misplaced it, you can still get in, Basie officials tell us.
An ice-blue sky touched with wispy clouds turns the central dome into a faux oculus; there’s now a chandelier hanging from the center. Right, a look at some of the intricate painted detail in what was previously an all-white interior. (Photos by Jim Willis)
But you must call to RSVP so the theater knows how many people to expect. Call Ann Marie at 732.224.8778 x 105.
The event runs from 5 to 7p.
Meantime, here are some photos taken by Jim Willis on October 17, when final touches were being applied to the resplendent interior.