Diatribe: The Duck Commander Family Musical.
We went to the movies this weekend with some friends to see Birdman starring Michael Keaton. Birdman is the story of former action movie star Riggan Thomson (Keaton) who is now that director/producer/star of an ambitious Broadway production that he hopes will reinvigorate his career. My movie-going group agreed that this is a “love it or hate it” sort of film.
A polarizing performance on film can often be successful. Of course, the cost of producing the product will always determine its financial success but in the court of public opinion it’s frequently a crap shoot. This is certainly the case when it comes to the stages of Las Vegas.
In a peculiar grasp at what appears to be continued relevance, the Robertson family of television’s Duck Dynasty, along with a team from Broadway, is reportedly putting together The Duck Commander Family Musical, a ninety-minute extravaganza featuring actors playing the family members made popular on the sometimes controversial reality show. The musical, based on a book by Willie and Korie Robertson and featuring fourteen songs with titles like “Faith, Food and Family” will tell the story of the family’s rise to fame.
Scheduled to open in February at the Rio, the show has already garnered a bit of controversy. Robertson patriarch Phil’s thoughts about gay people have certainly distances the musical theater community and those who share his views are likely hesitant to visit “Sin City” anyway.
I’m not, at all, a fan of the Robertson Family. I did, however, love the movie Birdman. I’ll even go so far as to predict Oscar nods for Keaton, Edward Norton and possibly Emma Stone who plays the troubled daughter of Keaton’s character. It wouldn’t be the first time that a polarizing performance was recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Las Vegas, on the other hand, doesn’t always seem to welcome them.
Would you pay to see The Duck Commander Family Musical on a Las Vegas stage? How about Birdman?
UPDATE 05/01/15: Duck Commander Family Musical to close after one month. The show had its official opening on April 15th and the crew was notified today that it would close on May 17th. Read about it here and here.
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