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‘Escape to Margaritaville’ to End Broadway Run

posted May 30th, 2018 at 7:04 pm

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by Josh Martin

The Jimmy Buffett musical ‘Escape to Margaritaville’ will end its Broadway run on July 1st:

The Jimmy Buffett jukebox musical Escape to Margaritaville has announced a July 1 closing date, ending its Broadway run after just four months.

Produced by Frank Marshall, Mindy Rich, Anita Waxman and Beth Williams, the romantic comedy set in a Caribbean island getaway threatened by an erupting volcano has been a modest earner at the box office since it began previews in February, suggesting that Manhattan is not a high-density Parrothead metropolis. Total grosses to date are $9.7 million.

While some had speculated that the production might hang on through the summer to attract the tourist crowd who are more likely to be Buffett fans, the box office in recent weeks indicated that the show was running at a significant loss, last week slipping to just 33 percent of its potential gross.

Producers have announced a road company kicking off in October 2019 at the Providence Performing Arts Center in Providence, Rhode Island.

Despite some love from the critics for guitar-strumming lead Paul Alexander Nolan, who makes an appealing Buffett stand-in, the production came away empty-handed in Tony Award nominations, which is frequently a sign that an under-performing show’s life on Broadway will be terminated. The fact that it hung on for more than a month after nominations were announced suggests producers are using Broadway as a branding opportunity in the hopes of recouping in the regions.

Escape to Margaritaville will have played 29 previews and 124 regular performances by the time it closes.

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‘Escape to Margaritaville’ is Going National

posted May 19th, 2018 at 8:13 am

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by Josh Martin

In 2019, the Jimmy Buffett musical ‘Escape to Margaritaville’ will head out on a national tour:

Escape to Margaritaville, the new Broadway musical featuring the songs of Jimmy Buffett, will launch a national tour in October 2019. The traveling production will kick off at Rhode Island’s Providence Performing Arts Center, according to producer Frank Marshall.

The musical, featuring a book by Greg Garcia and Mike O’Malley and directed by Tony winner Christopher Ashley, opened at the Marquis Theatre in March after playing pre-Broadway engagements in La Jolla, Chicago, New Orleans, and Houston.

Casting and a full itinerary will be announced at a later date.

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Watch Jimmy and Nolan on ‘Watch What Happens Live’

posted May 17th, 2018 at 7:16 pm

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by Josh Martin

Jimmy Buffett and the star of Broadway’s ‘Escape to Margaritaville’ Paul Alexander Nolan stopped by ‘Watch What Happens Live’ this week:

On May 15, music mogul and singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett and the star of his Broadway musical, Paul Alexander Nolan, took to the stage on Watch What Happens Live to sing the hit song “Margaritaville.”

Buffett’s Escape to Margaritaville currently runs at the Marquis Theatre and incorporates signature Buffett tunes like ‘Margaritaville,“ “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” and “Tin Cup Chalice” into an original story by Greg Garcia and Mike O’Malley.

Though the show did not receive any Tony nominations, Parrotheads flock to the theatre to enjoy the high-energy production directed by Tony winner Christopher Ashley and choreographed by Kelly Devine.

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Buffett and ‘Escape From Margaritaville’ Cast on The Today Show

posted March 1st, 2018 at 9:11 pm

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by Josh Martin

Jimmy Buffett and the cast of ‘Escape to Margaritaville’ appeared on The Today Show on Thursday morning:

Jimmy Buffett and Escape to Margaritaville took over NBC’s “Today” when the cast of the new Broadway musical performs two numbers written by the iconic singer, songwriter, and author. Cast member Andre Ward and the full company performed the classic song “Volcano.”

Escape to Margaritaville is now in previews at the Marquis Theatre (210 West 46th Street) ahead of an official opening on Thursday, March 15.

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Watch Jimmy on CBS Sunday Morning

posted February 17th, 2018 at 6:22 pm

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by Josh Martin

Jimmy Buffett will be on CBS Sunday Morning to discuss the ‘Escape to Margaritaville’ musical.

Jimmy Buffett comes to Broadway. Tracy Smith profiles the singer-songwriter whose music is now the focus of a Broadway musical, “Escape to Margaritaville.”

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Buffett Hands Out Burgers at Box Office Opening for Margaritaville Musical

posted December 10th, 2017 at 12:46 pm

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by Josh Martin

Jimmy Buffett was on hand Friday at the Marquis Theater box office as tickets for his musical ‘Escape to Margaritaville’ went on sale.

Island rocker Jimmy Buffett caused a sensation in Times Square on Friday when he appeared outside the Marquis Theatre to help open the box office for his Broadway musical, “Escape to Margaritaville.”

Buffett passed out more than 500 cheeseburgers to fans — a nod to his hit “Cheeseburger in Paradise” — and “posed for nearly as many selfies” a spy said.

Although the temperature was far from tropical, theater owner James L. Nederlander was also out front scarfing a burger, promising that he and Buffett would return to do a “cheeseburger cookout” when the show opens in the spring.

The show begins previews in February.

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