'Duck Dynasty' Vegas Musical to Premiere Next Year

'Duck Dynasty' Vegas Musical to Premiere Next Year

The Duck Dynasty family is getting its own musical.

According to Variety, the story of the Robertson family will serve as the inspiration for The Duck Commander Family Musical, a new theater show that will open early next year at the Rio hotel and casino in Las Vegas.

The 90-minute show will reportedly be produced by Michael David, who previously produced the Four Seasons-themed smash hit Jersey Boys.

“The show will end up challenging the views and assumptions of people across the political spectrum, more than most theater does,” David told the New York Times. “The Robertsons are so unusual, their story so juicy, and theater shouldn’t be limited to telling stories about people you resemble or revere.”

“We’ve enjoyed the process of making a musical alongside the team who is interested in telling the Robertson family story from an outside perspective,” Duck Commander CEO Willie Robertson told the Times

The Robertson family was embroiled in controversy last year after family patriarch Phil Robertson defended his view of traditional marriage in an interview with GQ

According to the Times, the new musical’s director, Jeff Calhoun, is gay. However, that hasn’t stopped him from taking on the project.

“We’ve agreed to disagree on some things, but we’re family and we love and respect each other,” the director told the paper. “I like to think that this musical could bridge some gaps, too.”

Steven Morris, a composer on “Duck Dynasty” and the theater show’s musical director, told the Times that “the specificity and the strangeness of the family’s lives and home are a great fit for a compelling musical.” Morris said the show will feature a 14-song soundtrack that mixes country, blues, and show tunes.

“I think the expectation is that it’ll be all chicken-pickin’ stuff and banjos,” Morris said. “But what we’re trying to do is pull out as much heart, humor, and sincerity as we can to keep people surprised.”


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