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Escape to Margaritaville

The San Diego Union Tribune has an update on “Escape to Margaritaville” the musical built around the songs of Jimmy Buffett which is set to open at the La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego in May 2017.

“Escape to Margaritaville,” May 16 to June 25, 2017: The planet’s legions of “Parrotheads” (as Jimmy Buffett fans dub themselves) can rejoice. Playhouse artistic chief Christopher Ashley, who is directing this very likely Broadway-bound musical, says Buffett himself has been deeply engaged in the ongoing development of the show.

“He’s been very involved at every step,” says Ashley (who’s in the middle of directing the last pre-Broadway staging of another Playhouse-launched musical, “Come From Away,” in Toronto.) “He’s been part of every reading we’ve done, every staging workshop.

“He’s writing either one or two new songs for the score. And also just offering reflections on songs — talking about what the story impulse is in a song, and how do we bring it to theatrical life. He’s right there at the center of those conversations.”

The show, as mentioned previously, “is really not the story of Jimmy Buffett’s life — although some of his songs are biographical,” Ashley notes. “So various moments in his life have been given to various characters. I think if you know Jimmy Buffett’s biography very well, you will recognize lots of things.”

“Escape to Margaritaville” is written by Greg Garcia (“My Name is Earl”) and Mike O’Malley (“Survivor’s Remorse,” “Shameless”); the Playhouse has previously described it as “the story of a tropical island resort and its part-time bartender, part-time singer and full-time charmer who thinks he’s got life all figured out — until a beautiful, career-minded tourist steals his heart and makes him question everything.”

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Margaritaville Musical heads to Chicago Fall 2017

From the Chicago Sun: “Margaritaville musical salted with Buffett songs due in Chicago

It won’t be arriving in Chicago until fall 2017, so it’s doubtful you will be “nibblin’ on spongecake [and] watchin’ the sun bake [with] all of those tourists covered with oil” when it gets to town. But at least you can begin strumming on your six-string and boiling up a pot of shrimp.

That’s because Broadway In Chicago and producers Frank Marshall, Mindy Rich, Anita Waxman and Beth Williams have announced that “Escape to Margaritaville,” the new musical featuring the songs of legendary singer-songwriter-author Jimmy Buffett, will play a limited engagement beginning Nov. 9, 2017, at Chicago’s Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph.

Billed as a pre-Broadway engagement in Chicago, the show will have its initial performances at San Diego’s La Jolla Playhouse in May and June 2017.

“Escape to Margaritaville” will feature an original story by co-book writers Greg Garcia (“My Name is Earl”) and actor-writer Mike O’Malley (“Survivor’s Remorse,” “Shameless”) and will involve a creative team with a slew of Tony Awards and nominations to their credit, including director Christopher Ashley (artistic director of the La Jolla Playhouse), choreographer Kelly Devine, scenic designer Walt Spangler, costume designer Paul Tazewell, lighting designer Howell Binkley, sound designer Brian Ronan and music supervisor Christopher Jahnke. Casting will be announced at a later date.

The musical, which will use Buffett classics with the songwriter also penning several original songs, is set at a non-specific tropical island resort and tells the story of Tully, “a part-time bartender, part-time singer and full-time good ol’ boy charmer who thinks he’s got life all figured out” — until, that is, a beautiful, career-minded tourist steals his heart and makes him question everything.

“With Buffett songs, I think one theme is how people want to get away from the daily routine, and just relax and focus on who they love and what they want to be doing in their lives. Some of his songs give you the license to chill out, but others are looking back on the night before chaos. There is quite a difference between a song like ‘Come Monday’ and ‘Cheeseburger in Paradise,’ and the songs on the ‘Coconut Telegraph’ album.”

“Escape to Margaritaville” will be part of the next Broadway In Chicago season subscription series set to go on sale next month. Group tickets for 10 or more for the show are available now by calling (312) 977-1710. Individual tickets will go on sale at a later date. For additional information, visit www.BroadwayInChicago.com.

From the Chicago Tribune: “Jimmy Buffett musical ‘Escape to Margaritaville’ to set sail in Chicago

Attention Parrotheads! Next fall, Chicago will see the pre-Broadway tryout of “Escape to Margaritaville,” the new musical celebrating the mellow musical catalog of Jimmy Buffett, the phenomenally successful touring artist and entrepreneur who has parlayed his long-lived niche of laid-back, geezer-friendly, party-centric rock into a pan-American lifestyle brand.

No shaker of salt required — although Buffett’s website has them for sale.

“Chicago was the first city in which I gained recognition outside the South,” the 69-year-old Buffett said in an exclusive interview Monday night. “And it was Steve Goodman who turned me into a lifelong Cubs fan. I could not be more delighted the show is headed there.”

The Oriental Theatre in Chicago won’t actually be the show’s first stop — there will be a smaller, regional outing at the La Jolla Playhouse in California this spring, where the director of “Margaritaville,” Christopher Ashley, is the artistic director. “It is our hope,” Ashley said, “that this show will make you feel like you have been invited to a party. We want to attract the Parrotheads, sure, but also the people who might know only one or two of Jimmy’s songs.”

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Landshark Bar & Grill opens soon at Harvest Caye

Norwegian Cruise Line’s new private island port in Belize, Harvest Caye, will have its own cruise ship port making it the only port in the Central American country where passengers will walk off the ship rather than tender to land. The port will also boast a seven-acre sand beach, 15,000 square foot pool, zip lining, suspensions bridges, free fall jumps, and five dining and beverage venues.

Harvest Caye will feature five dining and bar outlets, available a la carte to passengers. Among the choices will be a two-story indoor/outdoor Landshark Bar & Grill, an expansion of the line’s partnership with Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville, where people will find a scenic upper deck to sip drinks on and a swim-up pool bar for those who don’t want to leave the water.

Harvest Caye opens to Norwegian Cruise Line passengers sailing on the line’s Western Caribbean itineraries starting November 2016. More information on Harvest Caye along with ships and itineraries is available at NCL.com.

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Escape to Margaritaville Musical

Jimmy Buffett’s new musical “Escape to Margaritaville” will feature both original songs and classic tracks. It tells the story of a tropical island resort and its charming bartender-singer who falls for a beautiful, career-minded tourist.

The artwork for the promotional poster is now available.
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The new musical will have its world premiere at the La Jolla Playhouse in the San Diego area. The limited engagement will begin previews on May 16, 2017, ahead of its opening night on May 28, and will play through June 25.

The show will include an original story by co-book writers Greg Garcia and Mike O’Malley, with Tony Award nominee Christopher Ashley on board to direct. The creative team also will include choreographer Kelly Devine, scenic designer Walt Spangler, costume designer Paul Tazewell, lighting designer Howell Binkley and sound designer Brian Ronan.

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Margaritaville may open in New York City

From the Commercial Observer: “With Margaritaville Deal Nearly Sealed, $295M Brill Building Investment Closes”

Jimmy Buffett’s hospitality brand Margaritaville is negotiating a deal for its first New York City location at the Brill. A source with intimate knowledge of the situation previously told CO that Margaritaville’s 25,000-square-foot space will span part of the ground floor, the lower level and the 11th-floor rooftop. In addition to his tropical-themed restaurant Margaritaville and a store, on the rooftop, Buffett will have a Landshark Bar & Grill, the source said, serving a quick bite and drinks in a more casual setting.

The Brill Building is located at 1619 Broadway between West 49th and West 50th Streets.

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Buffett makes Forbes List of Highest Paid Celebrities

Jimmy Buffett comes in at #66 on Forbes List of the Worlds Highest Paid Celebrities with $40.5 million.

Source Of Wealth: Margaritaville
With locations from Atlantic City to Panama City, Buffett’s Margaritaville empire is broader–and lucrative–than just about any venture by his top-earning celebrity peers. He still finds time to play gigs in front of his Parrothead fan base, to the tune of 27 dates in our scoring period.

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Margaritaville Media hires key individuals

From Variety: “Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Hires Gawker Head of Video Production Sarah Ramey

The digital media group of Margaritaville Enterprises, the hospitality, merchandise and media firm based on the carefree lifestyle invoked by Jimmy Buffett’s music, has made three key hires including Sarah Ramey, formerly in charge of video production and development for Gawker, as head of content.

Margaritaville Media, led by former YouTube exec Laura Lee, also has tapped Sam Keene, who previously worked at NASCAR and Red Bull, as head of digital marketing and platforms; and Talar Sarkissian, formerly with mobile-video app startup SpeakUp, as head of business development and operations. All three report to Lee, president of Margaritaville Media and chief digital officer.

Under the direction of Lee, Margaritaville Media is attempting to expand the reach of the Buffett-inspired brand to younger demographics with video series, editorial and branded content, as well as immersive digital experiences.

“With Sarah’s deep content capabilities across digital, TV and film, Sam’s proven leadership in building digital audiences for lifestyle brands and Talar’s strong operational experience, we are perfectly positioned to take Margaritaville Media to the next level and grow our company’s social presence,” Lee said in announcing the hires. “We look forward to creating fun and escapist content that continues to inspire our younger fans to embrace the Margaritaville lifestyle.”

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