Kenny Rogers Taps Billy Dean For ‘The Toy Shoppe’

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Billy Dean

Kenny Rogers has recruited Billy Dean to play the lead role in this year’s edition of the Broadway-style Christmas production, The Toy Shoppe. The show will launch Nov. 1 and run through Dec. 21 at The Starlite Theatre in Branson, Mo.

The original music and story were written and arranged by Rogers and producer/director Kelly Junkermann. Dean will take on the role of Toy Shoppe owner Hank Longley, normally portrayed by Rogers. The original music from the production features 11 songs co-written by Rogers, along with several holiday classics.

“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!”

Tickets are available now at or the Starlite Theatre box office at 866-991-8445.


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