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Jimmy Buffett Musical to Debut in 2017

From the Hollywood Reporter: “Jimmy Buffett Musical in the Works

Directed by Christopher Ashley, the untitled production is eyeing a 2017 debut.

From a Jurassic World collaboration to … a new musical?

Indeed. A production featuring the music and lifestyle of “Margaritaville” musician Jimmy Buffett is in the works, producers Frank Marshall, Mindy Rich, Anita Waxman and Beth Williams announced Thursday.

Marshall featured his good friend Buffett in Jurassic World with a cameo as a Margaritaville restaurant bartender and included a new song by the musician on the film’s soundtrack. Buffett also performed at the blockbuster’s buzzy premiere party with the film’s star, Chris Pratt.

The as-yet-untitled Buffett show will include an original story by co-book writers Greg Garcia (creator of My Name Is Earl, Raising Hope and Yes, Dear) and Mike O’Malley (Yes, Dear and Glee), with Tony Award nominee Christopher Ashley (Memphis, Xanadu) on board to direct.

The idea of turning ‘Margaritaville’ into a musical has been percolating for quite a while, but finding the right people to tell the right kind of story to go with the right songs from my catalog took some time,” Buffett said in a statement. “Now we have found our crew and I am happy to sail with them to ‘Margaritaville.’ It’s going to be a fun voyage.”

Garcia added: “Buffett’s music means so much to so many people. It’s a lifestyle. A way of looking at the world. We hope to tap into what Jimmy has created and help bring that fun to the stage.” Added Ashley: “Not only is his song catalog a treasure trove, but we also have his unique spirit to draw upon for inspiration.”

While no indication has been given whether the show is aiming for Broadway or a regional tryout, details are expected to be announced for a 2017 world premiere. Ashley serves as artistic director of La Jolla Playhouse, making that seem a likely first destination for the project.

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Buffett wants to trademark the term ‘Coral Reefer’

From CelebStoner.com: “Jimmy Buffett Wants to Trademark the Term ‘Coral Reefer’

Chief Parrothead Jimmy Buffett likes weed so much that, more than 40 years ago, he named his group the Coral Reefer Band. Now Buffett wants to trademark the name and sell marijuana-related products.

In 2014, Buffett’s company, Margaritaville Enterprises LLC, filed for the trademark. Among the potential products listed in the application are electronic cigarettes, herbs for smoking, cigarette papers, cigarette rolling machines, smoking pipes, tobacco grinders and hookahs.

Not much has transpired since then, though Margaritaville Enterprises clearly has its eye on the same prize Snoop Dogg, Willie Nelson and the Bob Marley Estate are currently pursuing – products based around their celebrity with cannabis costumers in mind.

In January, Buffett visited MiNDFUL’s grow facility in Denver. According to an article and photos posted at Buffettnews.com, “There is speculation that Buffett may invest in the cannabis company.”

Buffett may seem new to the pot party, but that’s hardly be the case. He was the first musician ever interviewed ever in High Times, in 1976. His classic stoner song, “A Pirate at 40,” is all about the marijuana smuggler’s life.

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Margaritaville’s Competive Edge

From Travel Pulse: “Margaritaville CEO on Hotel Brand’s Competitive Edge

In an age when lifestyle hotels are all the rage, the CEO of Margaritaville Holdings, the company that manages the Margaritaville hotel brand, believes the company has a considerable edge over the competition.

“Margaritaville is about a lifestyle, and we’re providing that lifestyle through the hotel experience,” said John Cohlan. “I like to say that the soundtrack of family vacations for the last 30 years has tended to be our music. When you come to Margaritaville you’re walking into a way of life that you are familiar with – which is why you’re going there.”

From Cohlan’s point of view, the $170 million Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort, which is set to make its debut in October, serves as a case in point. “To me, it’s the most iconic project we’ve done in 20 years,” he said, adding that the Broward County, Fla. 17-story property will four pools, a FlowRider Double and a considerable number of branded food and beverage outlets, including the License to Chill Bar and the 5 o’Clock Somewhere Bar & Grill.

While Margaritaville, the brainchild of singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett, can trace its roots back to 1987 with the opening of a restaurant in Key West, the company is a relative newcomer to the hotel business.

The first Margaritaville debuted 2010 with the opening of the Margaritaville Beach Hotel in Pensacola, Fla. The Margaritaville Resort Casino debuted in Bossier, La., in 2013, and the Margaritaville Island Hotel opened in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., in 2014.

Margaritaville is also dipping its toes into the vacation ownership business through a partnership with Wyndham, with plans for Margaritaville Vacation Club timeshare properties in St. Thomas and Puerto Rico. “It’s the only time Wyndham has used another brand to create a vacation club that’s part of the Wyndham system,” said Cohlan.

The type of traveler attracted to Margaritaville hotels is equally broad. “Our guests are people who love the idea of tropical escapism – anybody who enjoys the beach or warm weather,” he said. “Our three existing hotels are doing very, very well and we have hopes for Margaritaville Hollywood.”

Cohlan added that further expansion plans are underway. “We’ll be announcing another major project in the U.S. soon,” Cohlan said.

Reservations for Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort are now available

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Jurassic World Released Today

The movie “Jurassic World” comes out today. Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Isla Nublar is featured in some of the scenes of the movie .

Steven Spielberg returns to executive produce the long-awaited next installment of his groundbreaking Jurassic Park series, Jurassic World. Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley join the team as producers. Located off the coast of Costa Rica, the Jurassic World luxury resort provides a habitat for an array of genetically engineered dinosaurs, including the vicious and intelligent Indominus rex. When the massive creature escapes, it sets off a chain reaction that causes the other dinos to run amok. Now, it’s up to a former military man and animal expert (Chris Pratt) to use his special skills to save two young boys and the rest of the guests from an all-out, prehistoric assault.

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New Orleans Margaritaville to open in new location

From WWL-TV: “Margaritaville on Decatur St. not closing, just moving

It appears a story that Margaritaville New Orleans would close is erroneous, as a spokesperson for the businesses says that the club will move instead of closing.

The Jimmy Buffett-themed restaurant, bar and live music venue will move from its current address at 1104 Decatur Street to a new unnamed location on upper Decatur.

“We will always have a presence in the city that gave Jimmy his start. Margaritaville has had an awesome 22-year run on Decatur Street and we are not done yet,” said Bret Brown, Margaritaville’s Director of Domestic Operations. “We have made the decision to vacate our current location on lower Decatur before completion of our new property in the interest of making way for another namesake live music venue, BB King’s, to become the next tenant at the historic Storyville Music Hall location.”

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New Orleans Margaritaville to close June 30th

From NolaDefender.com: “Decatur’s Margaritaville to Close, B.B. King’s In

Tourists will soon stop looking for their lost shaker of salt on lower Decatur Street. Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville at Storyville is set close its doors on June 30. A B.B. King’s Blues Club is slated to take over the space.

Several employees of Margaritaville told NoDef that staff were informed of the closure at a meeting on Wednesday (6.03) morning. A visit to the establishment confirmed the story. Calls to management were not returned. No cause for the closing was provided; some people say that there was a woman to blame, but NoDef suspects that it was their own fault.

A B.B. King’s Blues Club will occupy the space with an expected opening in mid to late fall. Tommy Peters, President of B.B. King’s says that comapny spent nearly 15 years searching for a NOLA location before finding the Decaur St. spot.

The trop-rock mecca occupied the space at 1104 Decatur Street since the early 90’s. Local musicians such as Cocoa Robichaux and Colin Lake played many of their early gigs at the venue. Last year, the adjacent Margaritaville gift shop closed, a move that was attributed to a rent increase.

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