Video of Jimmy Buffett on CBS News Sunday Morning

From CBS News Sunday Morning: “Jimmy Buffett and “Margaritaville” come to Broadway

From Tracy Smith: “You might say the newest musical on Broadway feels like an old friend. This is Jimmy Buffett’s “Escape to Margaritaville.”

You won’t see Jimmy on stage, but every song is his. Feel free to sing along!

Smith said, “Broadway is a big gamble. You don’t have to do this; you’re rather comfortable, I would say. Why stick your neck out?”

“‘Cause for me it’s the challenge of doing it,” Buffett replied. “I’ve always wanted to do it. You know, one of my favorite songs was always The Drifters — They say the neon lights are bright on Broadway. I sing it every time I walk down here to work.

“And I think about my mother and when she would drag me to musicals, you know, when I was a kid. It’s more about for her. I wish she was here to see this, but she’s the one that set me on this path. So, I figure I gotta do it!”

This is a jukebox musical: Of the 27 songs in the show, only two are actually new. The rest, like “License to Chill,” are proven crowd-pleasers.

“Most of the songs people have heard,” Buffett said. “It’s not like we’re waiting to see if they’re good or not. We’re kind of OK, right? We don’t want to go in there and do what they don’t know!”

Smith asked, “Do you think there would be a Jimmy Buffett if there wasn’t a New Orleans?”

“That’s a very interesting question. I don’t think there ever would have been. I could have gotten a job going South, probably would have had a bar in the British Virgin Islands and singing there,” he replied. “But those years being here really were formative years for me. And it made me a better professional player, so that I thought I could make that leap and all of that. This was my training ground for all of that.”

For Buffett, a married father of three, it’s been a long voyage, and not always an easy one.

When asked what was the biggest storm he’s weathered, he replied, “Wow. There was a point — I think it’s a year or two-year period — where I lost my mom, my dad, Ed Bradley, one of my best friends. But I have to think that, what would they want me to do? And all I can think of is continue doing what I’m doing.”

Jimmy Buffett to appear on the Today Show

Jimmy Buffett will be making an appearance on the Today Show (NBC) on Thursday March 1st between 7:00 – 9:00 a.m. ET, and also during the 10:00 a.m. hour. He is scheduled to perform and discuss his musical “Escape to Margaritaville”.

He last appeared on the Today Show on Sept 29, 2017 to talk about “Escape to Margaritaville” heading to Broadway.

Three Shows added to 2018 SOASOAS Tour

Three shows have been added to Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band’ Son of a Son of a Sailor 2018 Tour

May 24, 2018 – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center – Noblesville, IN
May 27, 2018 – Blossom Music Center – Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Jul 10, 2018 – Riverbend Music Center – Cincinnati, OH

All three shows go on sale February 23rd via TicketMaster

Hollywood Reporter interview with Buffett and Frank Marshall

From the Hollywood Reporter: “Producer Frank Marshall Talks Helping to Bring Jimmy Buffett’s ‘Margaritaville’ to Broadway

“I like to put him in a movie once in a while,” says Frank Marshall of Jimmy Buffett, who has uncredited cameos in both Jurassic World movies, including June’s Fallen Kingdom. “And he puts me onstage once in a while at his concerts. But we’ve never put our heads together and created something from scratch until now.” What the longtime pals, both 71, have created is Escape to Margaritaville, a musical centered on Buffett’s oeuvre — and the beach-bum lifestyle he trademarked (literally, with his empire of restaurants, products, even retirement communities) — that starts Broadway previews Feb. 16. Not only did their friendship survive the five-year journey to create the show, but “we had a blast doing it,” says Marshall.

The two met 38 years ago at Harrison Ford’s New Year’s Eve party in Aspen, Colorado, where Buffett was performing. They bonded over sailing, sports and guitars. “Frank is a student of the guitar,” says Buffett. “He can play ‘Margaritaville’ pretty well. So if I go down …”

“I’m kinda like the stand-in?” Marshall says.

“Well,” says Buffett, “for that song. The rest of ’em … no.”

“Who ever knew there was going to be a real Margaritaville?” Buffett says, eying a couple of wayward beach balls rolling around the Marquis mezzanine. “I didn’t write the song ever thinking it was gonna be a place you would live.”

Buffett is also blocking out the noise. “I’ve never won a Grammy. I’m not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,” says the five-decade rock fixture, who Forbes estimates is worth $550 million. Still one of the industry’s top concert draws, it took him 30 years to land his first and only No. 1 album (2004’s License to Chill). He’d love to see his show recognized at the Tony Awards, “but it’s not what I’m out here to do,” he says with a grin. “We’re just a hard-workin’ band. It was always more important to us to have a loyal fan base. It all goes back to: We’re making a show that’s fun — and God knows we need a little fun in the world today.”

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Escape To Margaritaville Cast Recording

Escape To Margaritaville Original Broadway Cast Recording” is now available at Amazon.com.

Original Broadway Cast Recording of Escape to Margaritaville, the new musical, features the songs of iconic singer-songwriter-author Jimmy Buffett. Recorded in Chicago, the album will be released on Friday, February 16, 2018, the morning of the show’s first Broadway performance.

The Escape to Margaritaville Cast Recording is produced by Mailboat Records, Mike Utley, Mac McAnally, and Christopher Jahnke.