Great news, Broadway fans! You don’t have to travel all the way to the Big Apple for dinner and a show anymore. At the Count Basie Theatre, located in the heart of the hip town of Red Bank, you can catch award-winning live performances and dig into applause-worthy meals right here in the Garden State.

Check out this roundup of plays and restaurant pairings for a memorable night of singing, dancing, acting and dining.

For a Good Laugh

dinner, show, red bankTickets to: Kevin James
Table at: Char
Details: Laughing and lounging! What a perfect way to end the work week. On September 9, head to the Count Basie Theatre to catch comedian and sitcom star Kevin James perform. As for the encore, head to Char for an out-of-this-world dining experience. From the seafood to the steak to the bar scene you can’t go wrong with this class act.
More info: www.countbasietheatre.org


For the Little Ones

Tickets to: Shopkins Live!
dinner, show, red bankTable at: Pazzo
Details: The latest toy trend is coming to life. Bring your favorite Shopkin fans and watch them rock out with Shady Diva, Kooky Cookie and Slick Breadstick along with other Shopkin celebrities in their debut performance on September 27. Then travel to the kid-friendly family hangout, Pazzo. The restaurant is big enough to fit large parties and its extensive menu has enough dishes to please the pickiest of eaters. Plus, don’t miss out on the show stopping desserts.
More info: www.countbasietheatre.org


For the Game Show Fan

Tickets to: The Price Is Right Live
Table at: Catch
Details: “Come on Down!” On October 17, enjoy being an audience member at this iconic interactive game show and even get chosen to compete for a prize. After the show, treat yourself to a well-deserved fresh “catch” of the day. This seafood restaurant allows you to personalize your plate by viewing and choosing the cut of your fish.
More info: www.countbasietheatre.org


For Thing 1 and Thing 2

Tickets to: Suessical
dinner, show, red bankTable at: Buona Sera
Details: Go back in time with beloved characters from your collection of Dr. Suess story books. Take the family and watch The Cat In The Hat and all of his pals in one of six November performances of this critically-acclaimed musical presented by Phoenix Productions. After the curtain closes, mom and dad grab Thing 1, 2, 3…and head across the street for a delicious bite at Buona Sera. From Neapolitan-style brick oven pizza to family style Italian dishes, end your night with these scene stealers.
More info: www.countbasietheatre.org


For the Holiday Fanatic

Tickets to: Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical
dinner, show, red bankTable at: The Robinson Ale House
Details: A gift to see Santa and his reindeer’s glowing nose is a great way to kick off the holiday spirit with the kids. Once your family sees the surrounding Red Bank shops and streets lit up and decorated for the season they’ll think they traveled to the North Pole. After the show, grab some delicious grub at the kid-friendly The Robinson Ale House, known for its great beers on tap and bistro dishes.
More info: www.countbasietheatre.org


For the Movie Lover

Tickets to: Dirty Dancing: The Musical
dinner, show, red bankTable at: Temple Gourmet Chinese
Details: “Nobody puts baby in a corner.” We will never forget this infamous quote from the 80’s blockbuster hit and now we don’t have to. Dirty Dancing is coming to Broadway at the Basie from March 27 through March 29. After the show, make sure you have the time of your life by dancing your way down a few blocks to the upscale Chinese cuisine, Temple Gourmet. The filet mignon egg roll, Grand Marnier prawns and lobster fried rice deserve a standing ovation.
More info: www.countbasietheatre.org


For the “Dancing Queen”

dinner, show, red bankTickets to: Abba Mania
Table at: The Bistro
Details:  Show off your “Dancing Queen” steps and rock out to a live concert paying tribute to the pop music from Abba on February 1. Continue the party at The Bistro, one of the chicest dining spots on Broad Street. With a creative assortment of sushi, salads and crafty entrees the menu options will make you shout out, “Mama Mia.”
More info: www.countbasietheatre.org


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