Buffett talks about Escape to Margaritaville

From the Times-Picayune: “Jimmy Buffett heralds his Broadway musical comedy ‘Escape to Margaritaville’

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)

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