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Published Thursday, April 30, 2015 | 7:50 p.m.
Updated Friday, May 1, 2015 | 12:57 p.m.
The call of the duck has gone unheeded.
A little more than a month after opening, “Duck Commander Musical” is closing at the Rio’s Crown Theater. Its final show is to be May 17.
Sources in the show and those close to the production team said today that calls were made to the crew today informing them the show would close. The musical produced by Dodgers Theatrical based on the Robertson family from the A&E reality-TV series “Duck Dynasty” celebrated its world premiere on April 15.
Word of the imminent closing seeped into the Las Vegas entertainment scene as early as April 19.
Update: On Friday afternoon, a release from Kirvin Doak Communications, the production's PR agency, confirmed the May 17 closing. The statement left open the possibility of a sit-down residency in "interested" cities, along with a national tour. The show struggled at the box office at the Rio, typically selling fewer than 100 tickets per performance even at deep discounts.
Carnival lasts all year at the Rio. With a float occasionally passing overhead and dropping beads while feathered dancers fire up the gamblers below, the Rio tries to keep its 120,000-square foot casino jumping with excitement. Special Brazilian mixed-drinks are also served throughout the casino. The hotel suites tend to be larger than similar priced rooms on the Strip and many offer excellent views with floor to ceiling windows.
The Rio offers some quality shows like "Penn & Teller" and "Chippendales." Many come to the Rio for the nightlife at the VooDoo Lounge, located on the 51st floor, or McFadden's Irish Pub on the casino level.
Others come for a bit relaxation at the Rio Spa or pool area and still others come to shop at the hotel's 60,000 square feet of shops. In each of these endeavors, the Rio attempts to make the experience a bit more fun and spontaneous.
The Rio also offers guests a variety of dining choices from all-American food at the All-American Bar & Grille to Gaylord India Restaurant for something a little spicier and even Carnival World Buffet for the indecisive.