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Off Broadway Live is Bringing Cabaret Musical Theater to Santee

The venue will be East County's only Cabaret style live theater.

If there's one thing Santee has been missing, it's a good place to bring a date for a drink and a show! A new venue, Off Broadway Live, is opening soon that will bring the musical theater arts to town.

Signs went up for the new venue just before Christmas at the old Blockbuster Video on Cuyamaca Street in the Town Center shopping area. The interior of the storefront has been gutted and is being renovated into a Cabaret style theater (the only in East County), an "intimate setting of tables and chairs" facing a stage. Drinks will be available, but it's not clear if alcohol or food will be on the menu.

The first production, "Boys of Summer," opens February 15 and will be followed by the Broadway Live Summer Review (a Vegas style show) in May and "The Dance" in September.

The theater is the creation of the artistic duo Bob Schulze and Steve Rolf, local playwrights in their fourth season together.

A press release from the Coronado Playhouse sheds some light on the history of the pair:

"A Southern California music convention brought them together in 1999 and gave birth to what these local performers call a 'perfect storm.' Over the years their original four-man collaboration dwindled, to which a friend declared, 'the stage was just barely big enough for you two knuckle heads!'"

Other descriptions of the duo's artistic style include:

  • "Bob Schulze & Steve Rolf bring a unique blend of singing and acting styles rarely seen on a stage together."
  • "You will laugh.. you may cry... but you will be entertained by these two guys with their original stories of love, freindship and the often times hilarious, but sometimes tragic lessons of life and love."

"Boys of Summer," described as an "original, romantic, musical comedy," will run from February 15 to April 6 with shows Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. Tickets are priced at $27 ($24 for senior, military, groups) with a few dollar price break for the grand opening.

Off Broadway Live

9490 Cuyamaca Street

Phone (tix): 619-988-LIVE (5483)

Website: www.OffBroadwayLive.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Off-Broadway-Live

COMMENT: What do you think about musical theater arts coming to Santee? Will you check out the venue when it opens?

Virginia Hall December 28, 2012 at 04:20 PM
How exciting that the theater is coming to Santee.
Rosemary Sloan December 28, 2012 at 04:40 PM
I think the theater is a fantastic idea. I will be there definitely.
Lynne Mollay December 28, 2012 at 06:09 PM
I would love to see one of the shows. We need something like this in Santee. Now I will only need to leave town to go to the movies or to Trader Joe's!
BridgetBurns December 28, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Great idea. Hope to see this venture a success.
Bob LaCross December 28, 2012 at 06:23 PM
We've seen these guys in action. They always put on an awesome show! We plan on seeing them all!
pjerome December 30, 2012 at 03:44 PM
trader joes needs to get to Santee--Bad location in La mesa--I never will go there. Plenty of empty stores here to move into. And A MOVIE Theater -Never should have removed the old one until a new one was built.How many years ago--
pjerome December 30, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Live theater will open a lot of eyes--to those who has never seen live theater. This will be great for every one to experience.
Playhouse Thailand December 31, 2012 at 08:17 AM
Best wishes to you guys with your new theater, cabaret and broadway show. we have just opened a similar show in Bangkok, Thailand. Come visit sometime. www.playhousethailand.com
Janet Luke January 05, 2013 at 12:37 AM
I have seen this duo many times in other loacations and they are outstanding and fabulous. Laughter, enthusiastic singing and acting will have you spelled bound for the eveninig. Very entertaining and exciting. Don't miss out on the fun.....Ruth from Garden Grove
rachel b January 06, 2013 at 10:01 PM
Sounds fun! Is there going to be an age restriction?
Stephan Rolf April 17, 2013 at 06:10 PM
Want to thank the Santee Patch for writing about us! We appreciate our Santee support over the past 8 weeks and are extending our show "Boys of Summer" through May 19th! Give us a look at OffBroadwayLive.com

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