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)

Buffett performs in Houston

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”.

The Houston Press has a review of the show “Escaping With Jimmy Buffett Is Never a Bad Idea

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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Buffett performs in Orange Beach AL

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.

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Escape to Margaritaville Broadway Pre-sale

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.

Escape to Margaritaville opens on Broadway Spring 2018

From Variety: “Jimmy Buffett’s ‘Escape to Margaritaville’ Musical Sets Broadway Theater, Dates”

“Escape to Margaritaville,” the Jimmy Buffett musical currently running at the La Jolla Playhouse in California, will escape to Broadway next year, landing at the Marquis Theater in spring 2018 after stints in New Orleans, Houston and Chicago this fall.

Christopher Ashley, whose is currently nominated for a Tony for his staging of sleeper success “Come From Away,” directs the show, which has claimed the Marquis now that Gloria Estefan musical “On Your Feet!” has posted its closing notice. Ashley is artistic director at La Jolla; “Come From Away” also played the theater prior to Broadway.

Frank Marshall, Mindy Rich, Anita Waxman and Beth Williams produce “Margaritaville,” which aims to get Buffett’s enthusiastic fans, known as Parrot Heads, to the box office. The score is drawn from Buffett’s catalog of tunes, which includes “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” “Volcano” and “Come Monday.”

“My Name is Earl” creator Greg Garcia and actor-writer Mike O’Malley (“Glee”) write the book, which follows a bartender named Tully who falls for a career-minded tourist. No casting for the Broadway production has been set, but the La Jolla cast is led by Paul Alexander Nolan and Alison Luff.

“Escape to Margaritaville” will begin previews Feb. 16, 2018 ahead of a March 15, 2018 opening.

Buffett performs in Tampa, pays tribute to Gregg Allman

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band performed last night at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa FL. The set list from the show is now available. Some of the highlights included “Trying To Reason With Hurricane Season”, “Love and Luck”, and “Defying Gravity”.

The Tampa Bay Times has a review of the show: “Jimmy Buffett serves up tributes, Florida love at Tampa’s MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre

A week had passed since the death of Gregg Allman, and as a fellow elder statesman of Sunshine State songwriting, Jimmy Buffett couldn’t let the night get far without tribute.

“This is for Gregg,” Buffett said early in his concert Saturday at Tampa’s MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, as his Coral Reefer Band transitioned The Great Filling Station Holdup into a rowdy rendition of the Allman Brothers Band’s Midnight Rider.

“Thank you Gregg Allman of the Allman Brothers,” he added afterward, “for everything you did for us.”

At 70, a year older than Allman, Buffett’s adoration of all things Floridian is never buried too deep in the sand. And for his first full Tampa concert in two years, the king of Caribbean conch rock and a sold-out crowd of 19,000 piled the love for one another on thick.

“It’s nice to be back here in Florida playing, I’m telling you that,” he said, a salty goatee barnacled to his permanently suntanned face. “I haven’t been back here in about two years; sorry about that. But time flies.”

Allman even got a second tribute, a dynamic solo acoustic guitar performance from McAnally of the Allman Brothers Band’s Little Martha.

“That was pretty cool,” Buffett laughed afterward – and it was; McAnally’s solo was the best pure musicianship in the show.

But with Buffett, it was never just about the music. Like Allman, he created an aesthetic and movement that’ll outlive him by eons. Whenever he sails off into the great unknown, he’ll get his stage tributes, too, and plenty of margaritas in the air acrosss Florida. The Midnight Rider would no doubt approve.