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'Duck Dynasty' Musical Taking Flight in Las Vegas

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Not since Fiddler on the Roof has a theatrical project involved this much facial hair.

A stage musical is being developed that will center on Duck Dynasty's Robertson family, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

The Dodgers, a New York-based theater company, and the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas are in talks to produce a semi-autobiographical show about the A&E reality show's clan. It will be based on Duck Dynasty stars Willie and Korie Robertson's book The Duck Commander Family: How Faith, Family, and Ducks Built a Dynasty.

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Actors will portray the family members, who run the duck-hunting merchandise company Duck Commander and are identifiable by their long beards. The cast has yet to be announced, and A&E is not involved.

The production, eyeing a spring 2015 premiere, has music and lyrics by Robert Morris, Steven Morris and Joe Shane (the team behind White Noise), with the book written by Asa Somers. Jeff Calhoun (Newsies) is on board to direct and choreograph. 

Numerous films have been turned into successful stage musicals, including Aladdin and Once, but there haven't been as many to use TV shows as source material. One project attempting to buck the trend is The Honeymooners, a musical based on the classic sitcom that is headed to Broadway next year.

Whether the family known for Duck Dynasty, which begins its seventh season on Nov. 17, still has enough cultural currency to launch a hit theatrical endeavor is another question. The series' sixth season, which concluded in August, averaged 3.77 million viewers, down substantially from its season 4 average of 9.16 million.

It also remains to be seen if the Robertsons' faith-based audience will be enthusiastic about trekking to Sin City to see the show, along with whether the family's controversies, including patriarch Phil's anti-gay comments in a GQ profile, will be a turn-off to theatergoers.

David Rooney contributed to this report.

This article was originally published by The Hollywood Reporter.

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