Article on Escape to Margaritaville

From Pagesix.com: “Jimmy Buffett’s Broadway musical is a ‘beach vacation’

Pay attention. There’s a new kid in town.

Name’s Paul Alexander Nolan. He stars in singer/songwriter/guitarist Jimmy Buffett’s soon-due Broadway musical “Escape to Margaritaville

“When I tested for the role, I was laid-back. Not showy,” he said. “Christopher Plummer says, ‘Wear the right shoes at auditions.’ It’s like a dialect. Flip-flops, boots, heels, dress shoes affect your stance. Your inside feeling.

“This show’s islandy. Set on a beach vacation. So, dead of winter, I came to the audition carrying a bag of clothes and, like a lunatic, changed into resort wear, sandals, Hawaiian shirt, a guitar on my back.

“There’s so many screw-ups trying out a new show. Once onstage, I’m playing the opening lick. Singing loud lyrics to a Buffett song. Suddenly I blanked. Couldn’t remember what’s next. So I just asked the audience who were his fans, ‘What’s next?’ and they shouted it out.

“This is no usual jukebox musical. Writers took his songs, extracted his folklore and localized it . . . he’s now from Montauk.”

OK, OK. Tell me about the show.

“To feel Jimmy’s roots, how he started in bars, he made me sing in a packed bar where it’s loud. People continued to talk. I’m used to quiet theater. He did a set, then I did a set. My anxiety was only quelled by my longtime practice. And I learned to keep on, plow through even while the joint kept partying.

“You’re going to love ‘Escape to Margaritaville.’”

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