Much to the chagrin of theater fans, the Off-Broadstreet Theatre, in Hopewell Borough, will close its doors tonight, following its last performance at the location it called home for more than 30 years. In a letter posted on their website, Bob and Julie Thick said the following:
To paraphrase Groucho, “Hello, we must be going.” Bob and I are truly fortunate to have enjoyed 32+ years providing musicals, dramas, comedies and desserts for our audience. We thank you, our loyal patrons and friends, for making all of this possible. The final performance by Off-Broadstreet in the Hopewell facility will be December 31, 2016.
We applaud the wonderful changes the new owners have made to the building! However, with the renovations come escalations in the rent that would force steep increases in the ticket price. When we opened in 1984, we wanted to offer entertainment that was affordable, encouraging our audience to enjoy an entire series of theatre with all its diversity, not just one or two shows a year. Given the new reality, this is longer feasible. We are unable to imagine life without theatre so, we are taking it on the road! Bob and I will continue to run the Off-Broadstreet Production Company, in a limited capacity, offering a traveling troupe presenting shows like the popular Marvelous Wonderettes. If your housing community, church, synagogue or social group is interested in some entertainment let us know!
Don’t forget we still have one more main stage show; Altar Boyz will run through December 31st! Come help us celebrate the future! Even after Dec 31st we can still be reached at (609) 466-2766 or P.O. Box 359, Hopewell, NJ, 08525, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit us at Off-Broadstreet.com. You really are our family and we will miss you.
Thanks again for making our lives so special.
Julie and Bob Thick