The story of the rise of Duck Commander, led by Phil, Si, Jase and Willie Robertson, will be staged as a musical in Las Vegas.
The auditions have been held, rehearsals are under way and soon Las Vegas audiences will be able to get a glimpse into the backstory of West Monroe’s favorite sons, the Robertson Family – all set to music.
If you’re scratching your head at the idea of the “Duck Dynasty” bunch being portrayed in musical theatre, you’re not the first. But by all accounts, the show, which will be called “The Duck Commander Family Musical,” will give a reasonably true rendering of the story behind the rise of the Robertsons and the Duck Commander brand.
In a recent “Fox News” interview, Willie Robertson told Sean Hannity, “It’s the strangest thing when you’re watching your life play out on the stage.” Michael David, the show’s producer, whose credits include “Jersey Boys” and “Good Vibrations,” told the New York Times, “The show will end up challenging the views and assumptions of people across the political spectrum more than most theatre does.”
The Robertson family has approval rights over both the script and the casting for the 90-minute show, which is expected to open on Valentine’s Day at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Based on the casting call, which called for a late-20s actor to portray Willie as someone “smart as a whip with a keen business acumen” who “takes over the family shop with wife Korie and morphs it into a multinational juggernaut,” the music featured should be in the “contemporary country rock” vein.
The show will feature video clips of the actual Robertsons interspersed with 14 musical numbers with the musical theatre cast portraying them, opening with a song titled “Faith, Food and Family.”
By Scott Rutherford