Your favorite family of rednecks brings the Duck Commander story to the stage, and Willie says it gets real.
Just when you think you'd seen it all, the Duck Dynasty brand delights us again with another surprise. This time, the story of the Robertson family has been adapted into a Broadway style musical.
That's right. Willie, Korie, Si, Miss Kay, and all the other Robertsons we've come to know and love are now being portrayed on stage by actors and singers.
You may wonder, "What on Earth could a Duck Dynasty play possibly be about?" While we don't doubt there are plenty of family values, moral lessons and a healthy dose of clever backwoods humor, the producers say the show digs deeper into the Robertson's history. Willie Robertson himself agrees the stage show depicts the less upbeat of side of their story:
"It's emotional at times," Willie said in an interview with Fox News. "I was crying watching it because you just think about if something were to happen differently, then none of this would have happened."
The play chronicles the family's journey from unknown, Louisiana business owners to America's "favorite rednecks." And according to Willie, a lot of that climb included struggle and tough decisions.
"The media scrutiny and all these things we went through, all that's played out in the musical."
Duck Dynasty has definitely divided the nation in recent years. But the cast knows that this is not only the Robertson family's story, it's any family's story:
"I think that anyone who has a family and has experienced the highs and lows of family life can first of all relate to this story," said Ginna Claire Mason, who plays Korie.
Director Jeff Calhoun took on the project because he felt the Robertson history was a truly authentic example of the American Dream at work.
No detail was overlooked in the production of the play. Actors don fake wigs and beards. Even Willie and Kori's wedding ring tattoos are applied by the makeup team.
The actors have all spent time with the family to get to know them better in preparation for their roles. The real Willie Robertson has dropped by on more than one occasion to hang out with the cast and crew. He says their portrayal of his family is uncanny:
"Some of the characters, man, they've got us down. Not just the way they talk but all their mannerisms, they've really done their job on getting us as lifelike as possible."
And will there be music? You can bet your camo covered britches there is!
The show, now playing at the Rio Casino Hotel in Las Vegas, features a soundtrack of completely original country/pop songs that tell the family's rags-to-riches story.