BASIE STARTS BRISK MONTH WITH BUSY WEEK

daniel-toshNot bad for an 84-year-old.

Red Bank’s venerable Count Basie Theatre, which had its opening on November 11, 1926 as the Carlton Theatre (featuring The Quarterback, starring silent screen stud Richard Dix) continues to earn its a hard-earned rep as one of the premier performing arts centers in the region with a beehive-busy, seven-day schedule of entertainments being offered this week.

In an era when too many of its contemporaries have been reduced to a scratchy picture in some Images of America paperback, the Basie — now undergoing a major facelift — it maintains a level of activity that would pancake buildings half its age.

It’s a lineup that kicks off tonight with a show that sold out in a Tron-speed jiffy — standup stuntster Daniel Tosh (above), whose sublimely snarky Comedy Central web-clip show Tosh.0 should add a touch of multimedia mayhem to the comic’s mic routine.

Sellout or no, tomorrow is another day — and there’s more where that came from, happening at the Count’s crib.

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