From the San Diego Union Tribune: “La Jolla Playhouse to premiere Jimmy Buffett musical”
From the Parrotheads (and musical-theater fans), get ready: Margaritaville is moving to San Diego.
La Jolla Playhouse is announcing this morning that a new, as-yet-untitled musical featuring the music of Jimmy Buffett will have its world premiere at the theater in May 2017.
The show’s producers had announced in December that Christopher Ashley, the Playhouse’s artistic chief, would direct the project. But now the musical will officially launch at the theater that has sent more than two dozen productions to Broadway.
Production dates are set for May 16 to June 25, 2017. Don’t line up for tickets just yet, though: They’ll initially be available solely via 2017-18 season subscriptions, and right now the Playhouse is only selling subscriptions for its 2016-17 season.
Although there’s no word at this point on what specific songs the musical will include, it will offer a mix of Buffett classics and original songs. (In case you somehow missed his work over the past four-plus-decades, Buffett’s most popular tunes include “Come Monday,” “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” “Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes,” “A Pirate Looks at Forty” and, of course, the 1977 hit “Margaritaville.”)
Producers also have revealed a bit more information about the storyline of the show, centered not just on the music but on the good-time vibe of the massively popular Buffett, whose devoted followers proudly dub themselves “Parrotheads”.
The musical, written by the television pros Greg Garcia and Mike O’Malley, “is the story of a part-time singer, part-time bartender and full-time good ol’ boy named Tully who suddenly finds himself in uncharted territory — falling in love with a beautiful, career-minded tourist.” (Which sounds more than a little like a backstory to the lyrics of “Margaritaville.”)
The show is produced by special arrangement with Frank Marshall, Mindy Rich, Anita Waxman and Beth Williams, Broadway veterans who among them have numerous connections to past Playhouse shows.
There’s no official word at this point on potential Broadway prospects for the show, although based on those commercial producers’ involvement, you can bet that Buffett has trained his pirate eye on New York.