There was no wasting away in Margaritaville. There were floors to buff, tables to move and, of course, fishing rods to hang and a boat to set sail.
Adding to the urgency of the workers bustling about Jimmy Buffett-themed venue was a deadline. Margaritaville will open to the public on July 3 in the Cleveland Flats. A grand opening will take place on July 11.
The menu echoes that theme with entrées such as beach tacos, jambalaya, fried chicken and steaks with tropical elixirs and, of course, a wide range of margaritas. And, yes, it will also serve the “Cheeseburger in Paradise” – Margaritaville’s signature burger named after Buffett’s 1978 hit.
The 23,000-square-foot Margaritaville boasts seating for 498 (153 outside seats and 345 indoors).
The public is getting its first glance at the vacation cottages that will be available at Margaritaville Resort Orlando, which is scheduled to open in late 2018. From the look of things, Floridians might feel right at home.
“Inspired by Key West, Bahamas, Jamaica, coastal Carolina, the Florida Keys, and towns along the Gulf Coast, these homes are designed to reflect those diverse architectural styles and periods while capturing that unmistakable Margaritaville paradise,” said Pat McBride, CEO of the McBride Company, which leads the design process of the Margaritaville properties.
The rendering released on Wednesday shows units in one-, two- and three-level designs. The dominant colors are pink, yellow, aqua and white. Other touches seen are shutters, Adirondack chairs and, naturally, palm trees.
Margaritaville has nine resorts/hotels across the Southeast United States and Caribbean. The Central Florida version is under construction along Highway 192 in Kissimmee, east of State Road 429..
When complete, the 300-acre Margaritaville Resort Orlando resort will feature 1,000 vacation homes, 300 timeshare units and a 187-room hotel. The properties are inspired by lifestyle of singer/songwriter/author Jimmy Buffett.
In addition, plans call for a dining and entertainment district, a 12-acre water park, retail space, wooded fitness trails, a water taxi system and a 3-acre — and swimmer-ready — freshwater lagoon
Tickets to the New Orleans preview of the Broadway-bound musical comedy “Escape to Margaritaville” went on sale Monday (June 12). The title is a tip off that singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett contributed beloved hits and new compositions to the production. To set the stage for the show, which will run from October 20-28, Buffett granted a few interviews in the balcony of the Saenger Theatre.
At 70, the beyond-charming bard of the beach looked like a million bucks in a white seersucker shirt, shorts and, naturally, flip-flops. Actually, he looked like considerably more than a million bucks.
Buffet pointed out that the songs selected to build the “Margaritaville” plot around, such as “Come Monday,” “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” “Volcano,” and, presumably, (Wasting Away Again in) “Margaritaville,” were from different eras of his career and were never meant as a suite. But, in collaboration with writers Mike O’Malley and Greg Garcia, the varied story lines have been woven into a slightly melancholy, mostly buoyant whole.
“We’ve done the songs in a way that they now belong to these characters in the show,” Buffett said. “Fans will hear them and they’ll know the melodies, but they drive the story now, and I love that.”
“It’s the songs you want to hear,” Buffett said reassuringly. “It’s the songs that have been in the engine room of this culture for 40 years.”
Photo: Jimmy Buffett, right, is joined by writer and actor Mike O’Malley, far left, and producer and writer Greg Garcia, center, as they talk about the premiere of “Escape to Margaritaville” at the Saenger Theater in New Orleans on Monday, June 12, 2017. (Photo by Chris Granger, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)
Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band performed on Thursday night at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands TX. The set list from the show is now available. Some of the highlights included “Take Another Road”, “Tin Cup Chalice”, and a medley of “Landfall”, “Miss You So Badly”, “Tampico Trauma”.
Were I a musician, it would not be Taylor Swift or Drake or Adele or Kanye West that I secretly wished to be; it would be Jimmy Buffett. Onstage, in beachwear and shoeless, he looks like the most comfortable man alive, a guy who gets to sing about near-universally beloved subjects and only has to play three shows a week, when he wants to tour, of course. As long as his wristbands match his beach shorts and he can crack a smile, the battle is already won.
If you’re a stranger to the Jimmy Buffett experience, seeing him live won’t necessarily turn you into a full-blown Parrothead overnight, but when it comes to meeting new fanbases, they might just be the nicest bunch I’ve come across. Seeing Jimmy Buffett is not a passive experience, and you will talk to strangers, and you will form alliances in the great beach-ball wars that break out in the crowd, and you will be pressured to dance and celebrate.
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Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band performed last night at the Amphitheater at the Wharf in Orange Beach AL. The set list from the show is now available. Some of the highlights included “I Will Play For Gumbo”, “Defying Gravity” and a medley of the songs “Landfall”, “Miss You So Badly”, and “Tampico Trauma”.
Former NFL Quarterback Brett Favre met Buffett before the show.
Tickets for “Escape to Margaritaville” the musical are now available for pre-sale at TicketMaster.com using code ESCAPE. The pre-sale starts on June 5th and ends Tuesday June 13th at 9:59 AM ET. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Monday June 26th.
ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE is the musical comedy getaway featuring both original songs and your most-loved JIMMY BUFFETT classics, including “Come Monday,” “Volcano,” “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” and many more.
“Escape to Margaritaville” will begin previews on Feb. 16, 2018 ahead of a March 15, 2018 opening at the Marquis Theater.