'Duck Dynasty' Musical Closing Early in Las Vegas After Low Ticket Sales

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Willie Robertson of "Duck Dynasty" poses with "The Duck Commander Musical" star Ben Thompson. |

The musical inspired by A&E's hit reality series "Duck Dynasty" is closing on May 17 due to poor ticket sales just one month after the Broadway production opened at the Crown Theater inside Las Vegas' Rio All-Suite Hotel on April 15.

Centered on the best-selling book The Duck Commander Family by "Duck Dynasty" stars Willie and Korie Robertson, "The Duck Commander Musical: How Faith, Family and Ducks Built A Dynasty" tells the rags-to-riches story of the famed Robertson family, which also includes Phil and Si Robertson of West Monroe, Louisiana. Despite heavy discounts on each performance, the production is closing down early after weak ticket sales, according to the Las Vegas Sun.

"The Duck Commander Musical" boasts a contemporary score that blends country music with rock, pop, and gospel. Furthermore, the 90-minute show at the 680-seat Crown Theater features a multimedia set, bringing the backwoods of West Monroe to Las Vegas with cutting-edge technology. The production was originally scheduled to run through June.

Organizers for "The Duck Commander Musical" said in a statement that "much has been learned from this limited engagement" before hinting that the production may have a future in other cities.

"'Duck Commander' will now consider several possible opportunities for the next stage in the life of the show, including extended sit-down engagement in interested cities, as well as a national tour," the team behind the musical told Playbill.

Last month, Willie Robertson told The Christian Post that "The Duck Commander Musical" would bring a "positive option" to Las Vegas tourists, but the Robertson family has not yet commented on news of the show's closing on Tuesday.

"There are a lot of things in Vegas, and our musical gives somebody something to do that they know they can trust," the Duck Commander CEO told CP ahead of the musical's opening. "They can know that they can go to ['The Duck Commander Musical'] with their families and spouses and not be embarrassed. I remember seeing a show just amongst friends — we saw things that were inappropriate, but you can go to the musical and it's safe."

To learn more about "The Duck Commander Musical," visit its website here.

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