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T Bone Burnett to write songs for Roy Rogers musical

Producer, songwriter and musician T Bone Burnett has donned a white hat and jumped in to rescue the score to a musical about American icons Roy Rogers and his wife, Dale Evans.

Burnett, known for keeping alive forms of American roots music, replaces the previously announced songwriting team of Alan Menken and Glenn Slater, who were unable to continue on "Happy Trails" due to a scheduling conflict.

The composer, who grew up in Fort Worth, Texas, seeing the musicals "Showboat," ''Oklahoma!" ''The Pajama Game" and "Guys and Dolls," said this week that he's never had a chance to flex his musical theater chops.

"I have to say...