Country music’s Billy Dean has been recruited by Kenny Rogers to play the lead role in this year’s edition of the critically-acclaimed Broadway-style Christmas production, The Toy Shoppe.
The Starlite Theatre in Branson, MO recently announded the addition of the new Christmas show to its roster. The Toy Shoppe starring Billy Dean kicks off on November 1 and will continue through December 21. The original music and story were written and arranged by music legend Kenny Rogers and producer/director Kelly Junkermann. Dean will take on the role of Toy Shoppe owner Hank Longley, normally played by Rogers.
“I’m over the top about getting to play Hank Longley in The Toy Shoppe,” notes Dean. “This is normally Kenny’s role so I’ve got some big shoes to fill. But I promise to give it my all and make Kenny proud!”
Longley’s Toy Shoppe has been filled with magic, wonders and miracles for nearly 100 years. It is a place where toys come to life and children gather to hear owner Hank Longley tell stories. The audience joins Hero the Dog, Cheeseball the Mouse, Bruno the Bear and Hank Longley in this story of love, faith and appreciation for the value of every individual. The story is full of old-fashioned values and is great entertainment for the entire family. The original music from the production features eleven songs co-written by Kenny Rogers as well as several holiday classics.
Dean adds, “This is such a great Christmas story for the kids and the whole family. I’ve already teared up a time or two while reading over my lines. November can’t come soon enough!”
Tickets are available now through the Starlite Theatre website www.starlitetheatre.com or by phoning the box office at 866-991-8445.