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Escape to Margaritaville Musical to Play Additional Cities

posted January 9th, 2017 at 8:43 am

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by Josh Martin

Jimmy Buffett’s upcoming musical “Escape to Margaritaville” will make additional stops this year on its way to Broadway in 2018.

The show will have its world premiere at La Jolla Playhouse in La Jolla, CA, in May 2017.

The current engagements are as follows:

May 9–June 25, world premiere
La Jolla Playhouse
Mandell Weiss Theatre
2910 La Jolla Village Drive
La Jolla, CA

October 20–28, pre-Broadway tour premiere
East Jefferson General Hospital Broadway in New Orleans
Saenger Theatre
1111 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA

October 31–November 5
BBVA Compass Broadway at the Hobby Center
800 Bagby Street
Houston, TX

November 9–December 3
Broadway In Chicago
Oriental Theatre
24 West Randolph
Chicago, IL

“It’s always been a dream of mine to make it to Broadway!” said Buffett in a statement. “After our world premiere this May in La Jolla, we’ll set sail from California on a pre-Broadway national tour stopping first in the city that gave me my start-New Orleans, then to some of my other favorites—Houston and Chicago—before arriving at that port of all ports, Broadway and New York City.”

As previously reported, Christopher Ashley, the Tony-nominated director behind Memphis and The Rocky Horror Show, will direct the new musical, which features an original story by co-book writers Greg Garcia (My Name is Earl) and Mike O’Malley (Survivor’s Remorse, Shameless).

Read more at Playbill.

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Buffett Musical Heading to Chicago in Fall

posted October 11th, 2016 at 9:17 pm

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by Josh Martin

After debuting in San Diego, “Escape to Margaritaville” will head to Chicago in the Fall.

The Jimmy Buffett musical is bringing Margaritaville to Chicago. The Broadway-aimed Escape to Margaritaville will play the Windy City’s Oriental Theatre next fall, with performances beginning on November 9. As previously announced, the Parrothead-infested musical is set to make its world premiere at La Jolla Playhouse in California in May.

The new show will feature Buffett’s classic hits about cheeseburgers, paradise, et cetera, as well as new, original songs from the singer/songwriter. The story, crafted by book writers Greg Garcia and Mike O’Malley, follows a part-time bartender and singer at a tropical island resort who questions his relaxed ways when he encounters (and falls in love with) a career-minded tourist.

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Buffett Musical Gets Name and Tony-winning Creative Team

posted June 27th, 2016 at 7:15 pm

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by Josh Martin

More details were unveiled on Monday for the upcoming Jimmy Buffett musical, now titled “Escape to Margaritaville.”

A world premiere in California is set for Jimmy Buffett’s musical, which has just brought aboard some accomplished Broadway veterans.

“The musical, now titled ‘Escape to Margaritaville,’ will feature choreography by Kelly Devine (‘Rocky’), scenic design by Walt Spangler (‘Tuck Everlasting’), costumes by Paul Tazewell (‘Hamilton’), lighting by Howell Binkley (‘Hamilton’) and sound design by Brian Ronan (‘If/Then’),” the AP reports. “The show, combining Buffett’s tunes with an original story by writers Greg Garcia and Mike O’Malley, will start grooving onstage in May 2017 at La Jolla Playhouse. Playhouse artistic director Christopher Ashley will direct.”

According to Hollywood Reporter, the musical will begin previews on May 16, 2017, ahead of its opening night on May 28, and will play through June 25 at La Jolla in San Diego.

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Buffett Musical to Debut in 2017 in San Diego

posted February 3rd, 2016 at 1:15 pm

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by Josh Martin

Want to be among the first to see the forthcoming Jimmy Buffett musical? You’ll have to head to San Diego where it will open at the La Jolla Playhouse in May 2017.

The show’s producers had announced in December that Christopher Ashley, the La Jolla Playhouse’s artistic chief, would direct the project. But now the musical will officially launch at the theater that has sent more than two dozen productions to Broadway.

Production dates are set for May 16 to June 25, 2017. Don’t line up for tickets just yet, though: They’ll initially be available solely via 2017-18 season subscriptions, and right now the Playhouse is only selling subscriptions for its 2016-17 season.

Current subscribers, though, will have first right to renew for 2017-18. (Single tickets for the Buffett show wouldn’t be available until much closer to show dates; call 858-550-1070 or go to lajollaplayhouse.org for more info.)

Although there’s no word at this point on what specific songs the musical will include, it will offer a mix of Buffett classics and original songs. (In case you somehow missed his work over the past four-plus-decades, Buffett’s most popular tunes include “Come Monday,” “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” “Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes,” “A Pirate Looks at Forty” and, of course, the 1977 hit “Margaritaville.”)

Producers also have revealed a bit more information about the storyline of the show, centered not just on the music but on the good-time vibe of the massively popular Buffett, whose devoted followers proudly dub themselves “Parrotheads.”

The musical, written by the television pros Greg Garcia and Mike O’Malley, “is the story of a part-time singer, part-time bartender and full-time good ol’ boy named Tully who suddenly finds himself in uncharted territory — falling in love with a beautiful, career-minded tourist.” (Which sounds more than a little like a backstory to the lyrics of “Margaritaville.”)

Read more at San Diego Union Tribune.

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