"Duck Commander," a new musical in Las Vegas, reportedly made "Duck Dynasty" boss Willie Robertson cry.
Robertson told Fox411 that the musical
reminded him of tough decisions his family has made over the years as they rose to fame.
“It’s emotional at times,” said the reality show star, who is CEO of the company founded by his father. “I was crying watching it because you just think about if something were to happen differently, then none of this would have happened.”
The musical brings light to the family’s private struggles and media scrutiny.
“Some of the characters, man, they’ve got us down,” Robertson said of the musical. “Not just the way they talk but all their mannerisms, they’ve really done their job on getting us as lifelike as possible.”
Director Jeff Calhoun said the rags-to-riches story is unique because it shows an entire family rising to the top by sticking together.
The musical, which premiers Wednesday at the Crown Theater inside the Rio All-Suite Las Vegas Hotel, is based on the 2012 book, “The Duck Commander Family: How Faith, Family and Ducks Built a Dynasty,” written by Robertson and his wife, Korie.
Robertson told the Christian Post
why he thinks Las Vegas is the right place for the musical: "I almost felt compelled; it's somewhere I wanted to be, where people might need it more, rather than sticking with the Bible belt. It makes sense, a lot of global travelers all over the world come to Vegas."
The 90-minute musical starts in present time and goes back 25 years.
"I don't think people really understand what to expect," Calhoun told the Christian Post. "Fans will be pleasantly surprised how personal the story is ... it goes behind the scenes of the family with real emotional depth, hardship, and redemption."
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