Duck Dynasty: The Musical is officially theater-bound! Considering Broadway is pretty gay -- or at least, gay-friendly -- and considering what duck patriarch Phil Robertson has said in the past about homosexuality leading to bestiality, it may seem like an odd fit.
Until you find out it’s actually a Vegas musical. That makes more sense.
The Duck Commander Musical is a “modern-day Beverly Hillbillies story” about a “backwoods family” that strikes it rich. Don’t expect a satire or tell-all either, the Roberston family had script and casting approval.
Producer Michael David, whose credits include Jersey Boys, told The New York Times, “The show will end up challenging the views and assumptions of people across the political spectrum, more than most theater does.”
It’s being staged by Tony nominee Jeff Calhoun (Newsies) and is based on Willie and Korie Robertson’s 2012 book “The Duck Commander Family: How Faith, Family, and Ducks Built a Dynasty.”
The Times reports that the opening number in the show is “Faith, Food, and Family” and that the 14 total songs will be a mix of country, blues, and show tunes. We took it upon ourselves to brainstorm a few titles for other songs that might appear in the show:
1. Faith, Food and Family
2. The Redder the Neck, the Closer to God
3. F*ck Ducks
4. Bang Bang (feat. Jessie J, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj)
5. A Vagina Is More Desirable Than a Man’s Anus (Reprise)
6. Black People Were Happier (Before Civil Rights)
7. Sarah Palin 4 President
The production managed to cast a collection of Broadway vets, including Mimi Bessette (Bonnie & Clyde) as Miss Kay, Ben Thompson (Matilda) as Willie, Tad Wilson (Rock of Ages) as Phil, Russell Arden Koplin (Les Mis) as Missy, Jesse Lenat (Rent) as Uncle Si, and Ginna Claire Mason (Newsies) as Korie, The Playbill reports.
Here’s the official description of the show:
"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."
The Duck Commander Musical officially opens at the Crown Theatre at the Rio on April 15. If you’re interested, you can buy tickets here. You could also just go see Britney.
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