It’s time to start thinking about Ozark Mountain Christmas. This year Kenny Rogers is bringing a huge gift to Branson, his musical “The Toy Shoppe”, to the The Starlite Theatre for the 2013 Ozark Mountain Christmas Season. The musical was co-written by Rogers and Kelly Junkerman. The Broadway Style Musical is a story of old-fashioned values that provides entertainment for the entire family. The lead character Hank Longley owner of Longley’s Toy Shoppe usually played by Rogers has been cast to Country Music Superstar Billy Dean for the 2013 run in Branson.
Billy Dean first gained national attention after appearing on the television talent competition Star Search. Active as a recording artist since 1990, he has recorded a total of eight studio albums (of which the first three have been certified gold) and a greatest hits package which is also certified gold. Some of his hit songs are “Billy the Kid”, “If there hadn’t been you”, and “Let then be little.” Dean said "I'm over the top about getting to play Hank Longley in “The Toy Shoppe” adding "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.”
The Starlite Theatre stage is magically transformed into Longley’s Toy Shoppe that 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 Billy Dean as Hank Longley in this story of love, faith and appreciation for the value of every individual. The original music from the production features 11 songs co-written by Kenny Rogers as well as several holiday classics. While in Branson for the Christmas Season you might want to check out North Pole Productions Toy Shoppe Train presented by the Starlit Theatre.
“The Toy Shoppe” is scheduled to begin on Nov. 1, 2013 and run through Dec. 21, 2013 at the “Starlite Theatre” in Branson, Missouri, tickets are available at Branson's Best Reservations. If you wouldlike to learn more about our Branson Vacation Pacakges give us a call