Well, this is something we never thought we’d see as a musical, but the Duck Dynasty clan is headed for the stage.
Yes, you read that correctly: A&E’s Duck Dynasty is heading to the stage. The family has been in talks to create a musical for the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, People confirms.
According to the publication, the plan is for the musical to be a semi-biographical show based on The Duck Commander Family: How Faith, Family and Ducks Built a Dynasty, the book by Willie and Korie Robertson. And as for the name? Apparently, the 90-minute-long production will be referred to as The Duck Commander Family Musical and is set to open in February.
The controversial family seems like a rather unusual choice to base a musical on, but there will reportedly be a lot of country, blues and show tunes with some big names such as Robert Morris, Steven Morris and Joe Shane stepping in to ensure its success. And Grease’s Jeff Calhoun will be at the helm.
However, if you were hoping to see the Robertson family themselves head to the stage, well, there’s no such luck, because actors will be taking on the roles of the family.
“The specificity and the strangeness of the family’s lives and home are a great fit for a compelling musical,” Steven Morris told The New York Times. “I think the expectation is that it’ll be all chicken-pickin’ stuff and banjos, but what we’re trying to do is pull out as much heart, humor and sincerity as we can to keep people surprised.”
Not everyone is happy about the news of the show, though, because according to Perez Hilton, longtime producer Emanuel Azenberg has reportedly branded it “disgusting.”
“It’s pretty disgusting, but it’s also a reminder that Broadway is mostly about making entertainment today — not art — even if it means getting involved with a family whose members say things that offend a lot of people working on Broadway.”