Duck Dynasty Musical, With Broadway Creative Team, Sets April Las Vegas Premiere

News   Duck Dynasty Musical, With Broadway Creative Team, Sets April Las Vegas Premiere
 
The Duck Commander Musical, a stage production based on the popular, yet controversial family from the A&E series "Duck Dynasty," will begin Las Vegas previews April 15 at the Rio Hotel and Casino.

Phil Robertson
Phil Robertson

Tony Award-nominated Newsies director Jeff Calhoun will direct and choreograph the 90-minute musical that is based on the 2012 book, "The Duck Commander Family: How Faith, Family, and Ducks Built a Dynasty," written by Willie and Korie Robertson. Asa Somers is the musical's book writer.

Michael David (Jersey Boys) helped develop the production, which he is producing for the Dodgers along with Tommy Mottola.

The Robertsons are equally well-known for their A&E series as they are for their controversial remarks about LGBT individuals. In a 2013 interview with GQ Magazine, Phil Robertson called the LGBT lifestyle sinful and illogical and compared homosexuality with bestiality.

Industry members voiced skepticism when the production was first announced last November, questioning why members of the Broadway community, many of whom are LGBT and pro-LGBT, would chose to work with the Robertsons.

"From the moment we began discussing the idea for this production we knew we had something special on our hands," Mottola said in a statement. "The Robertson family story is both unique and captivating, and will provide great family entertainment and appeal to a wide spectrum of audience." "We are delighted to present the Robertson family story in their first-ever theatrical production," David's statement reads. "Las Vegas is the prime location for audiences to experience first-hand the family America has come to know and embrace, where they can take a seat around Miss Kay’s dinner table, watch Willie and Korie's love story unfold and a dynasty spring to life."

Here's how it's billed: "The Duck Commander Musical transports the Louisiana bayou to the Las Vegas stage in a captivating 90-minute show – seasoned with all the southern spirit and down-to-earth humor you expect from America's most famous rednecks, the Robertson family. But while the true-to-life, rags-to-riches story behind A&E's mega hit 'Duck Dynasty' will surely please its most loyal fans, audiences unfamiliar with the Robertsons will also find themselves charmed – and even moved – by this surprising tale of faith, food, and family."

Steven Morris, Robert Morris and Joe Shane, who last collaborated on the once Broadway-aimed musical White Noise (a cautionary musical about White supremacists), wrote the score that combines country, rock, gospel, and pop.

Songs include "Faith Food and Family," "Camouflage," "Cooking for the Family" and "Like the River Flows."

Casting has not been announced.

The production has set design by Tobin Ost, Adam Rigg and Leslie Malitz, lighting design by Michael Gilliam and Topher Stumreiter, sound design by John Trace, projection design by Aaron Rhyne, Bart Cortright and Matthew Mellinger, musical supervision by Jesse Vargas and casting by Duncan Stewart CSA/Benton Whitley CSA. Bryan Bradford is associate director-choreographer.

Tickets go on sale Feb. 17 to members of the general public. Visit duckcommandermusical.com or phone (888) 746-7784.

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