John M. Becker

Get Ready for 'Duck Dynasty,' the Musical [Open Thread]

Filed By John M. Becker | November 13, 2014 3:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment, Fundie Watch
Tags: Broadway musicals, Duck Dynasty, homophobia, Las Vegas, Phil Robertson, WTF

duck-dynasty-guys.jpgThe Robertson family, stars of A&E's Duck Dynasty and well-known homophobes, are preparing to expand their brand into -- get this -- musical theatre.

Seriously. They've hired a Broadway team -- including Michael David, the award-winning producer of Jersey Boys -- to put together a Duck Dynasty-themed musical extravaganza for the Las Vegas stage. The New York Times reports:

Undertaking one of the more audacious theater projects in recent years, the Robertsons -- known for their long beards, duck-hunting merchandise and occasional inflammatory remark -- are moving to expand their Louisiana-based multimedia franchise with "The Duck Commander Family Musical." The 90-minute show, with actors playing the family members from A&E's "Duck Dynasty" as they celebrate the family's long history from rags to riches, hopes to open in February at the Rio hotel and casino, where the Chippendales show and Penn & Teller are now running.

Even before rehearsals start, the show is courting controversy. Several Broadway producers, many of whom are liberal, gay, or both, are aghast that colleagues would work with a family whose patriarch, Phil Robertson, has compared homosexuality to bestiality. Gay rights leaders are also eyeing the show with concern, while evangelical Christians -- many of whom admire the Robertsons -- might be hesitant to go to a Las Vegas casino and see whether New York artists have fairly rendered the family.

More, after the break.

Several Broadway producers the Times spoke with said they were disgusted by the prospect of a Duck Dynasty musical. For their part, David (the show's producer) and Jeff Calhoun (the show's Tony Award-winning director) both say they were offended when Phil Robertson's anti-gay views came to light last December, but by that time they were already involved with the production.

Calhoun, who is a married gay man, says he and the Robertsons have "agreed to disagree" on the subject of LGBT rights.

What do you think: is it okay to "agree to disagree" in a situation like this, or are the LGBT people who collaborate on this show throwing their community under the bus?

Sound off below in the comments section. My two cents: I doubt this show will get very far off the ground. Who do they think goes to musicals anyway?

h/t: Joe.My.God.

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