‘Duck Commander Musical’ Opens with the Robertson Family on Hand

Willie and Korie Robertson and family
Willie and Korie Robertson and family

Photo Credit: Denise Truscello

“Duck Commander Musical” celebrated its world premiere on Wednesday, April 15, at the Rio. Based on the Robertson’s rags-to-riches story made famous by the A&E reality series “Duck Dynasty,” “Duck Commander Musical” transports the Louisiana bayou to the Vegas stage in a 90-minute performance.

The Robertson family celebrated the debut in true backwoods fashion with an appearance on the camouflage carpet alongside country music star Jason Aldean, television stars Candace Cameron Bure, Michael Emerson, Carrie Preston, chef Guy Fieri, entertainment executive Tommy Mottola and others. Following the performance, guests enjoyed a southern-inspired reception featuring a menu curated by Miss Kay herself.

The cast on stage includes Mimi Bessette as Miss Kay, Jesse Lenat as Uncle Si, Ginna Claire Mason as Korie, Ben Thompson as Willie, Tad Wilson as Phil, Russell Arden Koplin as Missy, Mary Little as Jessica, Tommy McDowell as Jase, Matt Stokes as Alan, Haley Swindal as Lisa, and Josh Tolle as Jep.

“Duck Commander Musical” features an original score inspired by the family and their pursuit of the American dream, including songs such as “Faith Food and Family,” “Camouflage,” “Like the River Flows” and others performed in conjunction with a multimedia set that delivers backwoods authenticity.

“The Duck Commander Musical” features music and lyrics by Robert Morris, Steven Morris and Joe Shane, with a book by Asa Somers, and is directed and choreographed by Jeff Calhoun.

The production is designed by Tobin Ost with lighting design by Michael Gilliam, sound design by John Trace, wig and hair design by Charles G. LaPointe, musical supervision by Jesse Vargas, orchestration by Steve Margoshes and casting by Stewart/Whitley. It is produced by Tommy Mottola and the Dodgers, with Ollawood Productions.

Patrons can watch the story spring to life onstage at the Crown Theater Sunday through Tuesday and Friday at 7 p.m., with two shows Thursday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.; no performance on Wednesday.

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