Course blog for American University PERF-570, Fall 2014
Apparently there is a new musical coming to town. That town is Las Vegas, and that musical is about “Duck Dynasty”. If you threw up in your mouth, don’t worry, I did too. Obviously Vegas is not home to the classiest of shows (scantily-clad “sirens”, Chipendales, Britney Spears… jk I love Britney), but this seems like a different level. There seems to be shared concern about the risky musical choice… “Even before rehearsals start, the show is courting controversy. Several Broadway producers, many of whom are liberal, gay, or both, are aghast that colleagues would work with a family whose patriarch, Phil Robertson, has compared homosexuality to bestiality. Gay rights leaders are also eyeing the show with concern, while evangelical Christians — many of whom admire the Robertsons — might be hesitant to go to a Las Vegas casino and see whether New York artists have fairly rendered the family.”
The creative team comprises many LGBT individuals, and I hope the cast does as well. The one thing I find pleasure in is knowing that the character, Phil Robertson, will most likely be played by a gay man.
As arts managers we will constantly be faced with potentially problematic programming choices. How do we approach programming opportunities that disagree with our personal beliefs or lifestyles? The show will be at the Rio Hotel and Casino, what happens if the choice of show offends LGBT employees or potential audience members?