In this May 9, 2012 photo, from left, Willie Robertson, Korie Robertson, Phil Robertson, Miss Kay Robertson and Si Robertson pose at the A&E Networks 2012 Upfront at Lincoln Center in New York. The Robertsons star in the A&E reality series "Duck Dynasty." (Photo: AP)
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"How faith, family and ducks built a dynasty."
Fans of A&E's "Duck Dynasty" will be delighted to learn that "The Duck Commander Musical" — the stage play centered around the famed Robertson family — is slated to premiere next month in Las Vegas, with tickets for the show already on the market.
With the tagline, "How faith, family and ducks built a dynasty," the show is poised to offer up the music-infused backstory surrounding how the Robertsons found both business success and fame, while sticking close to their religious roots.
"The Duck Commander Musical" Facebook page has been slowly leaking out the show's cast, which includes actor Jesse Lenat, who will play Uncle Si, Ginna Claire Mason, who will play Kori Robertson, Mimi Bessette, who will play Miss Kay, and Ben Thompson, who will play Willie Robertson, among others.
Find out more about those actors here.
The production, which will include a mix of pop, rock and gospel-style music, is based on Willie and Korie Robertson's bestselling book, "The Duck Commander Family."
"'The Duck Commander Musical' transports the Louisiana bayou to the Las Vegas stage in a captivating 90-minute show – seasoned with all the southern spirit and down-to-earth humor you expect from America's most famous rednecks, the Robertson family," the official description reads. "But while the true-to-life, rags-to-riches story ... will surely please its most loyal fans, audiences unfamiliar with the Robertsons will also find themselves charmed – and even moved – by this surprising tale of faith, food, and family."
Willie Robertson told USA Today recently that he's excited for the musical, which he said offers up a "real sense of redemption" in the storyline.
"If we’d have went a different way we probably never would have had a show, we wouldn’t have been successful, the family might not have stayed together," he said. "We just always kept to our faith and the roots of who we were and that comes out in the musical."
As TheBlaze previously reported, controversy initially surrounded the show when it was announced back in November, as gay and liberal Broadway producers and activists expressed concerns and frustrations that their peers would work with the family, considering patriarch Phil Robertson’s views on homosexuality.
But David seemingly pushed back against these critics at the time.
"The show will end up challenging the views and assumptions of people across the political spectrum, more than most theater does," he told the New York Times late last year. "The Robertsons are so unusual, their story so juicy, and theater shouldn’t be limited to telling stories about people you resemble or revere."
Find out more about the musical here.
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