How Paul Alexander Nolan wound up in Escape to Margaritaville

From the NY Post: “How a pale Canadian opera-lover wound up in Margaritaville

Two weeks after being cast in “Escape to Margaritaville,” Paul Alexander Nolan found himself singing in a bar in the Florida Keys.

And although he’d already played in five other Broadway shows, he says nothing was more nerve-wracking than harmonizing with a barefoot Jimmy Buffett at Islamorada’s Green Turtle Inn before a hundred invited guests.

“Everybody was talking, laughing and singing along,” Nolan tells The Post. “I thought, ‘How rude!’ But that’s what Jimmy’s used to — and that’s what he loves.”

“When I take a show, I never expect to be rewarded for it,” he says. “We’re just privileged to be on Broadway. Any time you get to work here, it’s like being struck by lightning, but in a good way!”

Through it all, he says, Buffett’s led the way, even showing him how to play certain chords on the guitar. And the singer’s fans, that slap-happy crew known as the Parrotheads, seem happy to hear their idol’s music sung by someone else, Nolan says. Several recently came straight from a tailgating party into the Marquis Theatre bearing a giant, blow-up monkey, which the stage manager promptly confiscated.

Chef Carlo Sernaglia talks about Margaritaville: The Cookbook

Concept Chef Carlo Sernaglia shares recipes from “Margaritaville: The Cookbook” that perfectly captures the Margaritaville state of mind.

Margaritaville conjures a vision of paradise and an invitation to kick back and enjoy good food with good friends. In the book, Chef Carlo shares his deep knowledge of Margaritville’s signature dishes along with his wide-ranging culinary inspirations. Acclaimed food writer Julia Turshen worked closely with Chef Carlo to create easy-to-prepare, do-it-yourself recipes. From breakfast, to a day at the beach, to cocktail hour and beyond, “MARGARITAVILLE: The Cookbook” has a recipe—and the story behind it—to suit a wide variety of tastes and occasions. Crowd-pleasers like the “Best Ever Chili” join upscale offerings like Lion Fish Carpaccio.

“Margaritaville is a laid-back state of mind and kickback and relax. Its escapism and what the doctor recommends for a healthy state of mind,” said Chef Carlo.

“We put together this wonderful cookbook, recipes of forty years of our recipes since the beginning from the first Margaritaville in Key West to what we are now as a brand with hotels and resorts,” said Chef Carlo. “There are different moments of Margarita life in this entire journey. We put together recipes that are simple easy to execute, stress-free and that you can enjoy with friends and family, have a great time and fun. That is the main ingredient here. The most important thing that you should not forget ever is relax. If you don’t relax then probably the recipe is not going to come out the right way.

Margaritaville at Lanier Islands party yachts

Update: Book your cruise online at Lanierislands.com

From Curbed.com: “Lake Lanier’s massive Margaritaville welcomes two new party yachts

Before this week, the Jimmy Buffett-inspired makeover of the 1,500-acre Lanier Islands resort compound was missing just one thing: a small fleet of party yachts.

Luckily, Margaritaville Holdings and Safe Harbor Development, a joint venture plotting a multimillion-dollar redevelopment of the Lake Lanier property, announced Monday that the project will come complete with two “excursion yachts,” which will fittingly hit the water on Cinco de Mayo, according to a press release.

The transformation slated for Buford’s hotel complex and water park will take years to complete, but Margaritaville at Lanier Islands is expected to get the party started this month, boasting a nautically-themed roster of restaurants and rides, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Aptly named “The Margaritaville” and “The LandShark” (also the name of a lager brewed by Buffett’s company), these two boats will accommodate up to 70 and 80 people, respectively, and be stocked to keep their passengers well-liquored.

“Designed to reflect Margaritaville’s ‘no worries’ tropical vibe and let guests kick their feet up, enjoying a day in paradise, the boats will host wine and margarita cruises each Saturday and Sunday this summer,” per the release.

The cover charge will cost up to $80, and a ticket for The Margaritaville will come with two drink vouchers.

Each yacht will offer indoor seating in its “luxury enclosed cabin,” as well as a rooftop deck to “set the Margaritaville mood” (i.e. a nice rum drunk).

New Book from Chip Bell: “Big Rig”

The 12th edition of the Jake Sullivan Series, “Big Rig“, is now available at Amazon (paperback or kindle edition).

Summary from the author: A seemingly innocent shipment is offloaded on the docks in Miami. Little do Jake Sullivan and Mike Lang realize that it is the beginning of their worst nightmare. Learning that nuclear weapons have been smuggled into the United States, Jake and Mike are charged by President Fletcher with finding them and the terrorists involved. Joined by an over-the-road trucker who has innocently become ensnared in the terrorists’ web, who provides Jake and Mike with vital information to aid them in their search, they follow lead after lead, some true and some false, ultimately finding themselves in the Arizona desert, where, aided by a scientist from Arizona State University, they unravel the nature of the true plot they face and race against time to stop an unspeakable calamity.

Jimmy Buffett performs at New Orleans Jazz Fest

Jimmy Buffett and his Acoustic Airmen performed yesterday at the New Orleans Jazz Fest. The set list from the show is now available.

From The Times-Picayune: “Jimmy Buffett churns out a crowd pleaser at Jazz Fest, backed up by a ukulele virtuoso

New Orleans Jazz Fest producer Quint Davis introduced Jimmy Buffett’s close-out set on the Acura stage on Sunday (April 29) by saying, “This guy makes the world a little happier.”

For the next hour and a half, Buffett proved his point. Beach balls flew through the air, polka dotting the blue sky with primary colors. Hawaiian shirts clung to sweaty bodies. Parrothead hats bobbed to the beat. Vintage Buffett — and everyone, including the barefoot guy on stage, was eating it up.

For his 12th time at Jazz Fest (not counting his many guest appearances over the years), Buffett performed with the Acoustic Airmen, an all-start group of players that included Country Music Association Musician of the Year Mac McAnally along with Robert Greenidge, Eric Darken, Nadirah Shakoor and Tina Gullickson. Louisiana’s own Sonny Landreth joined on slide guitar, and Jake Shimabukuro stole the show on ukulele.

At one point, Buffett put down his guitar and walked aside, abdicating the stage to Shimabukuro and Greenidge as they performed “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” on ukulele and steel drums.

Much has been written recently about Buffett not living the “Jimmy Buffett lifestyle.” That was, in fact, the recent headline of an insightful New York Times profile. The world’s most famous beach bum runs a multi-media empire, with his sand-in-the-toes mantra as its bedrock. He even has an acclaimed new Broadway musical, “Escape to Margaritaville.”