Talk about an unlikely pairing…dogs and cats sleeping together…the righteous and the risque playing side by side. However you might describe it, the prospect of a new musical based on the Robertson clan of “Duck Dynasty” opening soon in a Las Vegas hotel/casino is, well, unusual news, to say the least.
“The Duck Commander Family Musical” is reportedly set to open in “Sin City” in just a few months. And as strange a premiere as that might seem to be, the fact that one of the creators of the new “Dynasty” show is gay offers yet another angle of oddball irony to this story.
According to a reliable show biz website, thewrap.com, the producer of the Broadway hit “Jersey Boys” is teaming with the director of “Newsies” to bring the famous Louisiana family’s life story to the stage in Las Vegas for a 90-minute musical.
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One of the main creative talents behind the musical “Newsies,” which won multiple Tony Awards®, is director Jeff Calhoun. His involvement with “The Duck Commander” musical and the widely discussed, often controversial, conservative religious views of Phil Robertson and family might seem most unusual…as Calhoun is openly gay.
From the article in thewrap.com:
Calhoun…said he was personally offended by the family’s homophobic remarks in the past, but believes the musical “could bridge some gaps” between the gay community and those who share the Robertson’s perspective.
[Producer Michael] David hopes the show will “challenge” audiences “across the political spectrum.”
So, is this new musical based on Phil Robertson’s 2012 book, “The Duck Commander Family,” being produced with the approval of the “Duck Dynasty” patriarch and his clan? The answer is apparently, “yes.”
“We’ve enjoyed the process of making a musical alongside the team who is interested in telling the Robertson family story from an outside perspective,” Willie Robertson said in a statement.
And there’s at least one more incredible irony one can note about this new theatrical offering opening soon in Las Vegas. Producers reportedly hope the curtain will rise on “The Duck Commander Family Musical” in February at the Rio hotel and casino — the same place that houses the Las Vegas male revue, The Chippendales.