Broadway Revue Supports Barefoot In The Park

Kicking off their 2013 season with a star-studded Broadway revue and a dessert extravaganza, the Bethlehem Players are holding the 7th annual Broadway at Bethlehem on March 2 to help underwrite their March production of the Neil Simon classic “Barefoot In The Park” with tickets now on sale for both being held at the Performing Arts Center of Bethlehem United Methodist Church off Hillsboro Road in Franklin.

The March 2 Broadway at Bethlehem includes a dessert extravaganza, silent auction and Broadway hits from Wicked and Les Miserables to some of the classics according to one of the evening’s co-hosts Dietz Osborne, also the Bethlehem Players Artistic Director.  Being joined by theater favorite Holly Shepherd, Osborne said the $20 ticket helps underwrite the March 8-16 production of Neil Simon’s classic “Barefoot In The Park.”

“It’s the hottest ticket in town and we are thrilled to have such an incredible line-up of talented regional singers joining us. The silent auction includes a beautiful array of paintings including noted gallery owner/artist Ron York’s “Opening Night” as well as play tickets and a VIP Predators package,” Osborne said. “A $30 bundle ticket is also available which includes the Broadway benefit and a ticket to “Barefoot In The Park” with a discount.”


Popular artist and gallery owner Ron York is lending his talents to the silent auction with this whimsical 24×36 framed painting.

The Bethlehem Players are unveiling their new state-of-the-art lighting system paid for through previous productions and new riser theater seating. Osborne said another delicious part of the Broadway at Bethlehem evening is the event signature dessert “Poofla-Poo Pie” created by award-winning, local Pied Piper Creamery.

“Bethlehem has some of the best bakers in the area. The delicious event signature ice cream pie was inspired by the funny line from ‘Barefoot In The Park” uttered by the stressed groom, if our marriage hinges on breathing fish balls and poofla-poo pie its not worth saving. Pied Piper Creamery uses a scrumptious loaded toffee ice cream as the main ingredient,” Osborne said.

Water Step is the benefiting charity this year and patrons are encouraged to donate shoes, tied together if possible, to help this organization use shoe recycling to help fund safe water projects across the world.

“Barefoot In The Park” is a charming romantic comedy about a conservative young lawyer and his irrepressible bride with marital struggles after their honeymoon gives way to the reality of setting up housekeeping in a five-flight walk-up in New York City.


Nashville actors Jami Winfrey and Will Butler star in the Bethlehem Players production of Barefoot In The Park, March 8-16, 2013, Photo by Chris Bosen.

Tickets are now on sale for Broadway at Bethlehem at 615-669-BPAC (2722) or at the church office during weekday business hours. “Barefoot In The Park” tickets are available online at, 615-669-BPAC (2722), Tickets for show-only are $15 for adults and $12 for high school students and younger and are available for all shows.  Dinner show tickets are $22 for adults and $18 for high students and younger. Directions at  Group discounts of 10% are available for parties of 10 or more paying with one check.

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The Bethlehem Players are celebrating their 16th year of exceptional family entertainment staging productions in the Bethlehem Performing Arts Center, Bethlehem United Methodist Church, 2419 Bethlehem Loop Road, Franklin, TN (37069).  In 2013, the Bethlehem Players will also be staging in October the musical “Hello, Dolly!” and in December the radio show version of “It’s A Wonderful Life.” Stay tune for dates and open audition times.

The community theatre outreach program was founded in 1997 by Bethlehem UMC Music and Arts Director Harry Robinson, and, since its inception, the Bethlehem Players have successfully staged for packed audiences a spectrum of shows from “Annie” to “Steel Magnolias” as well as two world premiere productions, “Southern Fried Funeral” and “Southern Fried Nuptials.”

“Barefoot In The Park” Poofla-Poo Pie, recipe created by Pied Piper Creamery

One of the famous lines of the stressed groom has inspired this year’s signature Broadway at Bethlehem dessert. “If our marriage hinges on breathing fish balls and poofla-poo pie its not worth saving.”  Renown artisan ice cream maker, Jenny Piper, owner of the Pied Piper Creameries, created Barefoot In The Park “Poofla-Poo Pie” in honor of the Bethlehem Players production. Here’s the recipe:

Ingredients: chocolate pie crust, Pied Piper Toffee Loaded Coffee ice cream, 1/2 cup heavy cream whipped, 3 ½ oz dark chocolate, ¼ tsp of anise, 1 T unsalted butter, softened, 2 T of honey, 3 T toasted sesame seeds

Prepare dark chocolate anise ganache: Finely chop dark chocolate & put aside 1 T. Place reminder in heatproof bowl. Bring cream to a boil in a saucepan over medium-high heat, then pour over chocolate and add anise. Let stand 2 min. Whisk in softened butter. Cool slightly, stirring often, then use immediately.


Take a chocolate pie crust, spread layer of Pied Piper Toffee Loaded Coffee ice cream, cover with thin layer of dark chocolate anise ganache, layer of whipped dream, drizzle with honey, additional chocolate and lightly sprinkle with toasted sesame seed. Return to freezer.



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