The Count Basie Theatre is looking to the future.
The landmark Red Bank venue broke ground on its $23 million expansion on Wednesday afternoon. The project, first announced in 2015, will nearly double the size of the Monmouth Street destination.
The ground-breaking ceremony also included the announcement of the Jay and Linda Grunin Arts and Education Building.
Made possible through a $2 million gift from the Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation, the site to the west of the current theater will be home to studios, classrooms and administration offices for the Basie's arts education efforts, in addition to a second performance space.