'Duck Dynasty' musical is coming to Las Vegas

'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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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
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)
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)
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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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