2005-12-09 / Community

Kenny Rogers,

December 22, 23

Ron Delsener is pleased to announce that Kenny Rogers and Friends –Celebrate the Season

will perform at the North Fork Theatre at Westbury on Thursday and Friday, December 22 and 23 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $50.00 and are available at the North Fork Theatre box office, select ticketmasters, charge by phone at (212) 307-7171 or (631) 888-9000 or online at www.northforktheatre.com.

The magic of Kenny Rogers’ Christmas Show has brought joy to over one million people for nearly two decades. This year, Rogers will delight audiences with an all new family show featuring country stars Rebecca Lynn Howard and Billy Dean. This year’s show promises to deliver more of the same. It’s a night of entertainment that the whole family will enjoy. The special involvement of local kids and choirs makes every concert more personal and intimate.  As the audience enters, they are transformed to a special place. The next two hours is a magical journey using current and classic Christmas hits to capture the fun and spirit of the season. 

The beautiful winter set comes alive as Grammy award-winning Rebecca Lynn Howard and ACM award-winning artist Billy Dean join Kenny in the opening number. Billy takes over and is joined by a group of children for his jazzy version of Frosty. He follows with a few more classic Christmas songs before ending with his 2005 hit song “Let Them Be Little.”

Rebecca Lynn Howard steps into the winter wonderland and takes the audience back to her roots with the bluegrass Christmas Is a Comin’ and is joined by a group of teenage cloggers. Billy Dean joins Rebecca for the closing number of the first half of the show. The stage fills with local townspeople and children singing the Alan Jackson hit “Let It Be Christmas.”

The stage is then transformed into a scene form a Norman Rockwell Christmas painting.  Stockings have been hung by the fireplace with care.  The tree is brightly decorated and a light snow falls over the audience as Kenny enters. 

He sings two classics in the audience and encourages them to sing along.  He then invites a few up on stage to help him sing the Twelve Days of Christmas.  In classic Kenny Rogers storytelling fashion, he takes the audience through the true meaning of Christmas.  A gospel choir surrounds Kenny, Billy, and Rebecca as they sing O Come All Ye Faithful and other.  As the second half comes to a close, a local choir joins the rest of the cast in singing Joy To The World.

The New York Times called the Kenny Rogers Christmas Show “a glorious, homespun, family delight. Delicious, warm, loving, and fun…and isn’t that what Christmas is all about?”

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