Have a laugh at the “Best Place to See a Play” – Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre
Laughter and the clinking of dinnerware can be heard when you pull up to the big red barn on Highway 100 in Bellevue on the outskirts of Nashville, Tenn. Outlined in stark white paint, Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre is one of Nashville’s Top 10 attractions and was named “Best Buffet” and “Best Place to see a Play” in The Tennessean’s “Toast of Music City” contest and among the top three in the Nashville Scene’s “Best Place to See A Play” as part of their “Best Of” edition. It may be located on a highway but Chaffin’s keeps the pace with its long list of performances year-round.
Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre gives its audiences great shows to see and a delicious buffet. There are two spaces the comedies, musicals and mysteries occur. There’s the Backstage Theatre which has 65 seats and the main space which seats 296 persons, making this a great venue for a tour group or other special occasion.
Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre or “the old red barn” was started in the 1960s and hit it big with audiences March 29, 1967 when over 300 attendees came to Nashville’s first “Barn Dinner Theatre,” making it the second oldest professional dinner theatre in the nation. It has welcomed more than a million visitors in over 45 years of operation. The local actors are nationally and local award-winning professionals in acting, choreography, music and vocal technique.
Currently on the stage is the original musical comedy “All for a Song” directed by Derek Whittaker and music and lyrics by Sandy Smolen. The comedy runs through Aug. 18 on the main stage. Inspired by the songs and styles of The Rat Pack, the musical tells the story of Billy, a songwriter tasked with producing a hit song. He finds inspiration from three muses – Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Dean Martin. The three share their songs and stories, encouraging Billy never to give up even when things seem bleak. The cast includes Daniel Bissell, Christopher Strand as Sinatra, Luke Hatmaker as Martin, Harold Harrington III as Davis, Jr. and Mia Rose Ernst.
The barn is transformed into a glitzy fabulous supper club as if taken from the golden age of Hollywood. Patrons can dance to a live band every night before the show and are encouraged to dress the part in top hats, white ties and tails.
“Theatre in the Afternoon” performances are every Thursday at 11 a.m. The show starts at noon. Tickets are $19 with beverages provided or $27.50 when you order Chaffin’s Boxed Lunch.
Enjoy a Southern-style buffet 6-7:30 p.m. every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening. The show begins at 8 p.m. Sunday matinee buffets are served noon to 1:30 p.m. with the show beginning at 2 p.m. Tickets are $60 for adults, $58 for seniors 65-years and older, $40 for students and children 12 years and under are $30. If you simply want to see the show, tickets are $40 for adults, $30 for students and $25 for children 12 and younger. These prices also include beverages.
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