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Buffett Writes About Star of His Broadway Musical

posted October 18th, 2017 at 11:43 am

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by Josh Martin

Jimmy Buffett penned an article in Vanity Fair about finding his lead role in the musical ‘Escape to Margaritaville’

About 10 months ago, I was in New York casting the role of Tully Mars, the lead in my upcoming musical, Escape to Margaritaville. It debuts this month in New Orleans, where I started my singing career nearly 50 years ago, and heads to Broadway next March. While the show is not based on my life, it is chock-full of songs I wrote in the early years, when I was a singer playing in Key West bars and all along the Overseas Highway. Once in a while in the audition process there will be a performer who, by his or her entrance into the room, tells you that this is the one you are looking for. Enter Paul Alexander Nolan wearing a Hawaiian shirt, a pair of flip-flops, and a guitar strung across his back.

Once Paul had the part, he was full of questions about how to approach the songs and how to play Tully. My answer was simple: “You need to become him.” So we decided to send Paul to “bar-singer boot camp” in the Florida Keys. Stage performers are used to a silence in their workspace, while bar singers thrive in a cacophonous racket. Performing in a funky, loud Keys bar was something I felt Paul needed to experience.

So off we went to the Green Turtle Inn, in Islamorada, a place that was on my song line from past years. On March 7, 2017, along with about 150 bar patrons, we all came together to witness Paul Nolan’s debut as a bar singer, including a few duets with yours truly. I’m proud to say that Paul was a quick learner and graduated from “boot camp” with flying colors. Now we just need to work on his tan.



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Watch Jimmy Buffett’s Today Show Appearance

posted September 29th, 2017 at 8:45 am

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by Josh Martin

Jimmy Buffett was on the Today Show this morning where he discussed his musical ‘Escape to Margaritaville’ and he also sat in on a discussion about what to do with your wedding ring and pictures from a previous marriage!

Watch:




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Jimmy on The Today Show This Morning

posted September 29th, 2017 at 4:20 am

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by Josh Martin

Jimmy Buffett will make an appearance on The Today Show this morning in the 8am ET hour according to the Instagram account for the ‘Escape to Margaritaville’ musical:

Tune in to catch Jimmy Buffett tomorrow on The Today Show during the 8AM ET hour! #FinsUp

A post shared by Escape to Margaritaville (@buffettmusical) on




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Buffett Talks Chicago and The Musical

posted July 20th, 2017 at 8:07 am

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by Josh Martin

Jimmy Buffett spent time in Chicago the past few days, playing a show at Wrigley Field and talking about Escape to Margaritaville the musical, which opens in Chicago in November.

Watch an interview with Buffett below:



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‘Escape to Margaritaville’ Sets Broadway Theater and Dates

posted June 5th, 2017 at 1:42 pm

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by Josh Martin

The Jimmy Buffett musical ‘Escape to Margaritaville,’ currently running at the La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego, will make it’s Broadway debut next March at the Marquis Theater:

Christopher Ashley, whose is currently nominated for a Tony for his staging of sleeper success “Come From Away,” directs the show, which has claimed the Marquis now that Gloria Estefan musical “On Your Feet!” has posted its closing notice. Ashley is artistic director at La Jolla; “Come From Away” also played the theater prior to Broadway.

Frank Marshall, Mindy Rich, Anita Waxman and Beth Williams produce “Margaritaville,” which aims to get Buffett’s enthusiastic fans, known as Parrot Heads, to the box office. The score is drawn from Buffett’s catalog of tunes, which includes “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” “Volcano” and “Come Monday.”

“My Name is Earl” creator Greg Garcia and actor-writer Mike O’Malley (“Glee”) write the book, which follows a bartender named Tully who falls for a career-minded tourist. No casting for the Broadway production has been set, but the La Jolla cast is led by Paul Alexander Nolan and Alison Luff.

“Escape to Margaritaville” will begin previews Feb. 16, 2018 ahead of a March 15, 2018 opening.



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San Diego Union Tribune Reviews ‘Escape to Margaritaville’ and Interviews Buffett

posted May 29th, 2017 at 9:47 pm

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by Josh Martin

‘Escape to Margaritaville’ the musical is playing now at the La Jolla Playhouse in Southern California and the San Diego Union Tribune has a very detailed review of the production, plus an interview with Jimmy Buffett: “‘Escape to Margaritaville’ goes down easy at La Jolla Playhouse”

So it’s good to be able to report that the Margaritaville brought to life in La Jolla Playhouse’s world-premiere Buffett musical is a place you’ll likely be pickled — er, tickled to spend some time.

The show, born and bred (or poured and blended) at the Playhouse and now setting its sights on Broadway, strings together nearly two dozen Buffett favorites plus a couple of new songs, and sets them to a love story that blooms in a touristy tropical backwater.

You will not be surprised to learn there’s a good-time, party vibe to it all. No one expected this show to be “Les Miz” in flip-flops (much less Chekhov by the beach), but it’s still worth noting how “Escape to Margaritaville” delivers just about every bit of what the phrase “Jimmy Buffett musical” promises, from the splashy colors to the steel-drum beats to the palm-fronded beach bar slinging fruity cocktails.

Read the full review and watch the interview with Buffett here.


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