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‘Escape to Margaritaville’ Musical’s Songs to be Released

posted November 9th, 2017 at 1:17 pm

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by Josh Martin

On the day that the ‘Escape to Margaritaville’ musical debuts on Broadway, fans at home will be able to hear the songs from the show:

This coming February, Broadway audiences will get the chance to see Jimmy Buffett’s first-ever musical, Escape to Margaritaville.

But Parrotheads and theater fans alike the world over will be able to hear the show’s songs the same day as its first Broadway performance (Feb. 16, 2018) when the Escape to Margaritaville cast recording is released digitally on and on CD on Buffett’s Mailboat Records, the label and producers Frank Marshall, Mindy Rich, Anita Waxman and Beth Williams announced exclusively through Billboard today.

The cast recording — which will be recorded this month in Chicago and features original Buffett songs alongside classics like “Come Monday,” “Volcano” and “Cheeseburger in Paradise” — is the first of its kind on Buffett’s Mailboat label.

“I always felt that an album should be a musical journey, and I have made a few of them,” Buffett says in a statement. “The amazing thing to me about this project is that the collection of classic and new songs, chosen from a treasure chest of material, never perceived by yours truly as such a journey, became one. It is a strange and wonderful feeling to hear your songs sung by others with the new and exciting mission to create a melodic ship on which the story of Escape to Margaritaville can sail.”

Calling out producers Mac McAnally, Mike Utley, and Chris Jahnke as his “veteran captains,” Buffett adds, “I have been listening to the cast sing these songs from the front of the house, which is a strange seat for me, for the past several months. From LaJolla, to New Orleans, Houston and Chicago, I marvel at how our crew and their interpretations of both classic and new songs, are taking the good ship Margaritaville towards a new and exciting port of call — Broadway.”



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Main Cast is Set for Escape to Margaritaville Musical

posted March 1st, 2017 at 5:47 pm

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by Josh Martin

The main cast for the Escape to Margaritaville musical has been announced.

Paul Alexander Nolan will sink his teeth into a starring role (and perhaps a cheeseburger in paradise?) in the Broadway-aimed Jimmy Buffett musical Escape to Margaritaville. The Bright Star standout will headline the production’s world premiere at La Jolla Playhouse. He is set to play Tully, a part-time bartender and singer. Broadway alums Alison Luff and Lisa Howard will take on the roles of Rachel and Tammy, respectively. Performances of the Christopher Ashley-helmed musical are scheduled to begin on May 9. As previously announced, a Great White Way opening is slated for spring 2018.

Nolan’s Broadway credits include Chicago, Doctor Zhivago, Jesus Christ Superstar and Once. Luff was last seen on the Great White Way in Les Misérables; she also appeared in Matilda, Scandalous and Ghost. Howard last appeared on Broadway in It Shoulda Been You. Her additional Great White Way credits include Priscilla Queen of the Desert, 9 to 5, South Pacific and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

The La Jolla engagement is scheduled to run through June 25. The production will then go to New Orleans’ Saenger Theatre from October 20 through 28. Performances at Houston’s Hobby Center will run from October 31 through November 5. The Chicago stint is set for November 9 through December 3. Further casting will be announced at a later date.


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Additional Jimmy Buffett Shows Announced for 2016

posted February 4th, 2016 at 9:49 am

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by Josh Martin

A few more dates are out this morning for Jimmy Buffett’s 2016 I Don’t Know Tour, including a new city this year: Bangor, Maine!

Houston, TX
Saturday, June 4th 2016
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

Indianapolis, IN
Thursday, June 23rd 2016
Klipsch Music Center

Bangor, ME
Thursday, August 18th 2016
Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion

Pittsburgh, PA
Tuesday, August 23rd 2016
First Niagara Pavilion

Each of these shows go on sale Friday, February 12th through Ticketmaster.

See all of the tour dates that have been announced at the Tour Dates page and Get Your Tickets Now!


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Margaritaville Musical to be Produced

posted December 17th, 2015 at 11:53 am

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by Josh Martin

It was a year ago that we told you about a musical in the works based on Jimmy Buffett’s life and music, and it was announced today that the project will indeed happen, and there are some big names on Broadway that are involved with the development. 

A team of producers including Hollywood regular Frank Marshall is developing a new musical centered around the tunes of Jimmy Buffett, with a story by Greg Garcia, the creator of TV shows including “My Name Is Earl,” and Mike O’Malley (pictured with Garcia), whose face is familiar from acting gigs in “Glee” and “Yes, Dear,” another series created by Garcia.

Christopher Ashley, the director of Broadway Tony winner “Memphis” and the artistic director of the La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego, will direct. No plot details have yet been set, but the story will be inspired by the island-escape party vibe beloved by Parrotheads, as Buffet’s legion of fans call themselves. A title hasn’t been announced yet either, although it would seem a shocker if the show isn’t called “Margaritaville,” the name of one of Buffett’s best-known songs.

Marshall has teamed with Mindy Rich, Anita Waxman and Beth Williams, the lead producer of upcoming Broadway musical “Tuck Everlasting,” for the new musical. Buffett’s work seems a logical choice for a large-scale Broadway outing, since the the singer-songwriter comes to the table with fervent, older-skewing fans who fall right into the target demo for Broadway ticketbuyers.

The show’s proposed timeline has the musical bowing in 2017. No exact date or venue has been set, although the La Jolla Playhouse, the theater run by Ashley, looks like a logical choice for a pre-Broadway tryout.


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Camden, NJ Show Confirmed for August

posted February 12th, 2015 at 9:58 am

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by Josh Martin

Three shows have already been announced this morning (St Louis, Cincinnati, and Bristow VA) and now a fourth is confirmed according to Philly.com:

Camden, NJ
Thursday, August 20th, 2015
Susquehanna Bank Center
Tickets on sale 2/20 via TicketMaster | TicketNetwork

See all of the currently scheduled shows on the tour dates page.


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Buffett to Play Houston in May

posted January 22nd, 2015 at 11:58 am

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by Josh Martin

IMG_1852.JPGJimmy Buffett will return to Houston in late May for a show at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Houston, TX
Thursday, May 28th 2015
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

Tickets go on sale January 30th at 10am through Ticketmaster.

View all currently scheduled tour dates.


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