'Duck Dynasty' musical is coming to Las Vegas

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'Duck Dynasty' Family Making a Vegas Musical About Their Lives


From controversial to...musical? The Robertson family is getting a stage show. A big one. In Las Vegas.

The news is coming from The New York Times, which says the 90-minute show will cover the family's "rags-to-riches" story. The family is heavily involved, approving the script and casting.

The show will feature video of the real Robertsons, along with 14 songs that mix "country, blues and show tunes. The likely opening number is 'Faith, Food, and Family.'"

Mounting an original musical is no easy task, and the show hopes to open in February. But live theater is experiencing a resurgence right now. A "Hunger Games" musical was recently announced.

And NBC saw success with its live airing of "The Sound of Music," and is looking for the same with "Peter Pan."

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Korie Robertson, left, and Willie Robertson from "Duck Dynasty" arrive at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Jack Plunkett/Invision/AP)
ABC NEWS SPECIAL - BARBARA WALTERS PRESENTS: THE 10 MOST FASCINATING PEOPLE OF THE YEAR, a new 90-minute special highlighting some of the years most prominent names in entertainment and pop culture, will air WEDNESDAY, DEC. 18 (9:30-11:00 pm, ET), on the ABC Television Network. After its beginning 20 years ago, this Special will be the final Most Fascinating People Special from Ms. Walters. The Number 1 most fascinating person will be announced on the program. (Photo by Ida Mae Astute/ABC via Getty Images) THE ROBERTSON FAMILY, CAST OF DUCK DYNASTY, BARBARA WALTERS
Duck Dynasty's Korie Robertson, Willie Robertson, Si Robertson and Jase Robertson during the Star-Spangled Banner before the rain delayed NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, Sunday, April 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Mike Stone)
Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson speaks during a rally opposing the Iran nuclear deal outside the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
From left, Phil Robertson, Si Robertson, and Jase Robertson in "Duck Dynasty."
From left, Jep Robertson, Si Robertson, and Willie Robertson, from the A&E series "Duck Dynasty," at the Sherri Hill Fashion Show, Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, in New York. The Robertsons attended to support Willie's daughter Sadie Robertson who modeled several outfits for the show. (AP Photo/Starpix, Marion Curtis)
Miss Kay Robertson, left, and Phil Robertson renewing their vows in a scene from the the season 4 premiere of "Duck Dynasty."
Willie Robertson, left, and his wife Korie Robertson in a scene from "Duck Dynasty."
Phil Robertson from the popular series "Duck Dynasty." Robertson was suspended last week for disparaging comments he made to GQ magazine about gay people. (AP Photo/A&E, Zach Dilgard)
From left, Phil Robertson, Jase Robertson, Si Robertson and Willie Robertson.
Phil Robertson, flanked by his sons Jase Robertson, left, and Willie Robertson. (AP Photo/A&E, Zach Dilgard)
Phil Robertson leaves the White's Ferry Road Church of Christ in West Monroe, La. on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)
 Phil Robertson and his catchphrase "Happy, Happy, Happy" displayed at the Duck Commander store in West Monroe, La. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)
87th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade In New York City. © 2013 cast of A&E's Duck Dynasty © Bruce Cotler/Globe Photos/ZUMAPRESS.com/Alamy Live News
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 20: Jessica Robertson (L) and Jep Robertson of Duck Dynasty attend the iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 20, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Clear Channel)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 28: TV personalities Silas Merritt 'Si' Robertson, WIllie Robertson and Jep Robertson of Duck Dynasty attend the 87th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade on November 28, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Pont/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 09: The cast of 'Duck Dynasty' Si Robertson, Jep Robertson and Willie Robertson visit 'Fox And Friends' at Fox News Studios on September 9, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 08: (L-R) Jessica Robertson, Jep Robertson, Korie Robertson, Willie Robertson of 'Duck Dynasty' and musician Tim McGraw speak onstage during Tim McGraw's Superstar Summer Night presented by the Academy of Country Music at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 8, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Winter/ACMA2013/Getty Images for ACM)
"Duck Dynasty" cast members Jep Robertson and wife Jessica Robertson attend the A+E Networks 2013 Upfront on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
ABC NEWS SPECIAL - BARBARA WALTERS PRESENTS: THE 10 MOST FASCINATING PEOPLE OF THE YEAR, a new 90-minute special highlighting some of the years most prominent names in entertainment and pop culture, will air WEDNESDAY, DEC. 18 (9:30-11:00 pm, ET), on the ABC Television Network. After its beginning 20 years ago, this Special will be the final Most Fascinating People Special from Ms. Walters. The Number 1 most fascinating person will be announced on the program. (Photo by Ida Mae Astute/ABC via Getty Images) THE ROBERTSON FAMILY, CAST OF DUCK DYNASTY, BARBARA WALTERS
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 06: The cast of Duck Dynasty speaks onstage during the 47th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 6, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
Duck Dynasty's Willie Robertson, Si Robertson and Jase Robertson before the rain delayed NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, Sunday, April 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Mike Stone)
'Duck Dynasty' reality TV celebrity Jase Robertson watches in the second half of an NCAA college football game between LSU and Mississippi in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014. LSU won 10-7. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)
Willie Robertson from the TV show Duck Dynasty walks on the field before before an NCAA college football game between LSU and Florida in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
The Duck Dynasty clan looks on during the national anthem before the rain delayed start to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, Sunday, April 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Ralph Lauer)
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The Robertsons already have a built-in fan base of millions, so the hope is some of those millions will head to Vegas.

But the show has seen a decline in viewership...

Especially after family patriarch Phil Robertson's controversial comments about gay people.

And as the Times pointed out, his presence in the theater community has ruffled the feathers of many in that community who are "liberal, gay, or both."

But the show has experienced producers and a venue - the Rio hotel and casino. The producers said those controversial comments will actually be addressed in the show. So, looks like it's from the swamp to the strip for the Robertsons.

You can get more on the musical at The New York Times' website.

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