The family that stars on the “Duck Dynasty” reality show is putting on a musical. The New York Times reports that the Robertson family “wants to sing to you about faith and food, duck calls and swamp moss. And they’ve convinced a team from Broadway to bring their story to the stage, in Las Vegas for starters.”
The Roberstons are readying a 90-minute show titled “The Duck Commander Family Musical,” the story reports. The plan is to open in February at the Rio, which is currently featuring the Chippendales show and Penn & Teller.
Some readers may be relieved to hear that actors will play the Robertson family members, rather than the Robertsons playing themselves. The show will “celebrate the family’s long history from rags to riches,” The Times notes.
The production has not been without controversy, even early in its preparation.
“Several Broadway producers, many of whom are liberal, gay, or both, are aghast that colleagues would work with a family whose patriarch, Phil Robertson, has compared homosexuality to bestiality,” the story reports. “Gay rights leaders are also eyeing the show with concern, while evangelical Christians — many of whom admire the Robertsons — might be hesitant to go to a Las Vegas casino and see whether New York artists have fairly rendered the family.”
Michael David, the Broadway producer who had a hit in “Jersey Boys” and is developing “Duck Commander,” said: “The show will end up challenging the views and assumptions of people across the political spectrum, more than most theater does.”
He added: “The Robertsons are so unusual, their story so juicy, and theater shouldn’t be limited to telling stories about people you resemble or revere.”