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'Duck Dynasty' musical aiming for Las Vegas in 2015

'Duck Dynasty' musical aiming for Las Vegas in 2015 @Duck_Commander

A new stage musical based on the protagonists of the A&E reality series "Duck Dynasty" is aiming to open next year in Las Vegas.

The musical, which would feature actors playing members of the hirsute Robertson family from Louisiana, is looking to open in February at the Rio hotel and casino, a spokesman for the show confirmed. He said that the operators of the Rio are working on the deal but one hasn't been finalized.

The Rio in Las Vegas serves as home to the Penn & Teller magic show and the Chippendales show. 

"The Duck Commander Family Musical" would run about 90 minutes and tell the story of the Robertsons' rise to fame thanks to the A&E cable series, which is in its sixth season. The musical is based on the 2012 book "The Duck Commander Family: How Faith, Family, and Ducks Built a Dynasty" by Willie and Korie Robertson. News of the musical was first reported on Wednesday by the New York Times. 

Michael David, a founder of the New York theatrical producing partnership the Dodgers, is a producer on the musical. With the Dodgers, he has produced such long-running Broadway hits as "Jersey Boys" and "Matilda the Musical." Tommy Mottola, a music-industry veteran, is also a producer for the "Duck" musical.

The show will feature original songs by Robert Morris, Steven Morris and Joe Shane. The book for the musical is being written by Asa Somers. The show will be directed by Broadway veteran Jeff Calhoun, who staged Disney's "Newsies the Musical."

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