Buffett talks about Escape to Margaritaville at the National Theatre

From WTOP: “Q&A: Jimmy Buffett brings ‘Escape to Margaritaville’ to National Theatre

Attention, Parrotheads! Your captain just set sail toward the nation’s capital.

Jimmy Buffett brings the U.S. national tour of his stage musical “Escape to Margaritaville” to National Theatre for one week this Tuesday through Sunday.

“It started right here in Washington D.C.,” Buffett told WTOP. “A friend of mine, the great Jack Boyle, who ran the Cellar Door in Georgetown, believed in me long before anybody else years ago when I was a solo act. He brought me to the D.C. area. … He was a big fan of [‘The Caine Mutiny’ author] Herman Wouk and Jack Boyle said, ‘You ought to look at ‘Don’t Stop the Carnival’ as a musical.’”

So, Buffett left his sailboat in the Caribbean and set out to find Wouk, who had written the 1965 novel that inspired Buffet’s “Don’t Stop the Carnival” album.

Thus, “Escape to Margaritaville” was born, debuting in San Diego in 2017 before hitting New Orleans, Houston, Chicago and ultimately Broadway in 2018. This time, Buffett hired Emmy winner Greg Garcia (“My Name is Earl”) and Emmy nominee Mike O’Malley (“Shameless”) to weave a story around his greatest hits.

“When the writers came along, it was very important that they were part of that group of people who were basically Parrotheads,” Buffett said. “It was important that the music was a part of their lives and it wasn’t just a writing assignment. Authenticity was absolutely important. They knew the songs enough to stitch together a story. … It’s all just recognition and energy. You’ve got energy up, energy down. That’s the way you write any show, you got the highs and lows.”

“I did the same thing,” Buffett said. “There’s a scene where the girl that he’s interested in asks him questions that make him nervous about why did you come here? It’s a great little speech and at the end he goes, ‘The cold.’ That’s why I went to Key West — to get warm. … Then there’s two women on vacation who are best friends. One is very carefree, the other is a stick-in-the-mud … but eventually the margaritas and sun change her attitude — and her latitude!”

“Most of the songs that I write are autobiographical,” Buffett said. “Having that much material that’s affected people in a positive way with a little release from the tediousness of daily life, I was so lucky to just get that job and wound up in Key West, Florida, which accelerated the process writing about places I loved. Then I realized that was in everybody’s culture and everybody needs a couple days off, so I was lucky enough to kind of put my thumb on that pulse beat.”

“I love musical theater,” Buffett said. “My mother was a great local performer in Mobile, Alabama, so I would go to shows with her [like] ‘South Pacific.’ So it’s nice to come full circle. Plus, Jack was so good to me in the D.C. area, to give me a break and play the Cellar Door in those days. I still have a $300 check I never cashed for a week at Cellar Door. I still have it framed in my office!”

You might even see him at National Theatre, confirming he’ll attend Tuesday.

“I’m very excited,” Buffett said. “I’ve seen this cast. They’re very young and very invigorating. It’s like minor league ball. I love baseball. It’s just like seeing everybody at that level and it’s always part of the process. This is where you start if you want to go the distance. I was lucky enough to make it that way and my biggest thrill would be if kids who starred in this show had that same experience.”

Buffett gets a hole-in-one

From USA Today: “Singer Jimmy Buffett shares picture of his hole-in-one on Instagram

Jimmy Buffett is probably wasted away again in Margaritaville, enjoying a Cheeseburger in Paradise right now after a successful round of golf earlier in the day.

The “island escapism” music star is known for his Parrothead fans, but an eagle was on Buffett’s mind Saturday. But not just any eagle.

The 72-year-old singer shared a photo on his Instagram page celebrating a hole-in-one, rocking a New Orleans Saints hat and playing a Titleist 2.

We unfortunately don’t know what club was used, nor the yardage, or even where Buffett was playing on Saturday. What we do know is, Come Monday, Buffett will still be Havana Daydreamin’ about his ace.

Update on the NYC Margaritaville Resort

From New York Yimby: “Margaritaville Resort Making Rapid Progress at 560 Seventh Avenue in Times Square

The Margaritaville Resort is ascending swiftly at 560 Seventh Avenue in Times Square. Construction has passed the primary setback and workers are forming the floor plates for the main massing that will contain the hotel’s 234 rooms. Portions of the metal-trimmed glass façade have also begun to be installed on the tower, which will rise 29 stories. The project is designed by Stonehill & Taylor Architects and developed by Sharif El-Gamal of Soho Properties along with MHP Real Estate Services.

New photos from street level show the vertical progress that has been made over the past several months since YIMBY’s June update.

The property will contain a three-story restaurant, an outdoor swimming pool with plentiful seating and beach motifs, and a rooftop bar called the LandShark Bar & Grill. The projected price for the resort hotel is expected to be around $300 million. Located between 40th Street and 41st Street, the site is near a number of transit options including the N, Q, R, W, 1, 2, 3, 7, and S trains at the Times Square-42nd Street station; the B, D, F, and M trains at 42nd Street-Bryant Park station to the east; and the A, C, E, and buses at 42nd Street-Port Authority Bus Terminal to the west.

Chip Bell’s new book “Gypsies in the Palace”

Gypsies in the Palace” by Chip Bell is now available at Amazon.com (the 15th book of the Jake Sullivan Series)

Jake Sullivan is back.

After waking from his coma and rehabilitating his mind and body, he heads to Key West with Mike Lang to combat a new threat.

But he is still plagued with severe headaches, lack of focus, and trouble remembering important details of the night he was shot.

A late night assault at his office turns out to be the catalyst that allows him to concentrate and focus once again. Although the headaches are gone, he still cannot remember the thing he knows to be the key to everything!

At the same time, he and Mike are hunting for a deadly toxin threatening the Keys, a hunt that ultimately leads them to the Bahamas and to the discovery of who is friend and who is foe.