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Apr 25

From the Chicago Tribune: “Jimmy Buffet catches ‘Big Fish’ in Chicago

One of the producers of the musical “Big Fish” is none other than Mr. Fins himself, singer Jimmy Buffett. And he’s catching the show tonight (Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.) at the Oriental Theatre in the Loop, where it’s having its pre-Broadway premiere production.

Buffett will be sitting in the audience with fellow producer Frank Marshall, the Hollywood producer, according to a show representative, and then head backstage after the curtain.

Mar 25

From Margaritaville.com: “Jimmy to Produce Broadway Show: Big Fish

Based on the 2003 film on the same name, Big Fish is a rollicking fantasy set in the American South. Directed by 5-time Tony Award winner Susan Stroman (The Producers), the story centers on the charismatic Edward Bloom (whose impossible stories of his epic adventures frustrate his son Will). As Edward’s final chapter approaches, Will embarks on his own journey to find out who his father really is, revealing the man behind the myth, the truth from the tall tales.

Big Fish’s World Premiere Pre-Broadway Engagement is in Chicago at the Oriental Theatre from April 2nd to May 5th, then it lands in New York City on Broadway starting September 5th! Tickets and more information can be found at BigFishTheMusical.com.

Nov 30

From News-Press: “Jimmy Buffett sells Cheeseburger in Paradise restaurant chain

Luby’s Inc., owner of Luby’s Cafeterias and Fuddruckers, announced today that it will buy the Cheeseburger in Paradise brand, owned by singer Jimmy Buffett, for $11 million.

There are 23 Cheeseburger in Paradise locations in 14 states, with a revenue of $50 million.

Cheeseburger in Paradise, known for its beach-party atmosphere, has a location in south Fort Myers on Daniels Parkway.

Buffett developed the brand 10 years ago based on one of his most popular songs.

The sell is expected to close on or before Dec. 5.

Sep 16

From TampaBay.com: “Did Jimmy Buffett boost Weeki Wachee Springs Park attendance?

The turnstiles have been spinning this summer at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park.

During the past two months, several hundred more visitors each day have passed through the gates compared to a year ago, pushing attendance up 46 percent in July and August.

Officials say there likely are several reasons. But a famous Florida resident is being given at least part of the credit.

A few months before the attendance boost, people began posting videos online of the Weeki Wachee mermaids performing on a stadium-size, 54-foot screen behind Jimmy Buffett during the musician’s concerts as he sang Mermaid in the Night.

Could the attention Buffett brought to thousands of his concert fans be responsible for driving waves of visitors to Weeki Wachee? A Buffett bump?

John Athanason, spokesman and publicity director for Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, isn’t willing to pin the attendance increase solely on the exposure to Buffett’s avid fans.

But, “it helps,” Athanason acknowledged.

Sep 14

Jimmy Buffett comes in at number 3 on the list of the richest lead singers in the world according to CelebrityNetWorth.com.

The Richest Lead Singers in the World:
1: Paul McCartney Net Worth – $800 Million (The Beatles)
2: Bono Net Worth – $600 Million (U2)
3: Jimmy Buffett Net Worth – $400 Million
4: Elton John Net Worth – $320 Million (Solo)
5: Mick Jagger Net Worth – $305 Million (The Rolling Stones)
6: Gene Simmons Net Worth – $300 Million (KISS)
7: Sting Net Worth – $290 Million (The Police, Solo)
8: Phil Collins Net Worth – $250 Million (Genesis, Solo)
9: Dave Matthews Net Worth – $250 Million (Dave Matthews Band)
10: Prince Net Worth – $250 Million

***The figures contained in this list were acquired from all publicly available information including salaries, real estate holdings, divorces, record sales, royalties and endorsements. The final net worths come from a formula that takes out taxes, manager’s fees, agents’ fees, and lifestyle.

Jul 18

From the Miami Herald: “Savannah Buffett’s world

Savannah Jane Buffett may be the daughter of music legend Jimmy Buffett, but she’s not living in his shadow. Though she loves music (dad wrote Little Miss Magic for her), her tastes are eclectic, to say the least. Born in Colorado, Buffett (whose mom is Jane Slagsvol) grew up “all over,’’ moving to Palm Beach when she was 14. She now calls Miami home.

Current big news: The 32-year-old has launched an apparel brand called A1A, inspired by her legendary dad’s 1974 album. She also runs a namesake website, which offers recommendations on living the good life. She talked to us about her Parrothead-y world:

What inspired you to start a fashion line?

I started A1A as sort of an offering for people around my age and people from around Florida. Part of it is a love letter to the state. and a part of it takes its inspiration from my dad’s work — the old-school days of him being down in Key West and Miami and that vintage, throwback feel of what sort of made him who he was.

Jan 26

From TMZ: “Jimmy Buffett on Gurney — The Fall Was Serious“. Jimmy Buffett’s fall during a Sydney concert was clearly serious …. judging from the picture of him getting wheeled into the hospital by gurney.

From TMZ: “Jimmy Buffett’s Frightening Fall — Caught on Tape
Jimmy Buffett plummeted off the stage in Australia last night and crashed HARD into the concrete floor — and the devastating accident was all captured on tape … and obtained by TMZ.

Oct 20

From the Chicago Breaking Business: “Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville coming to Navy Pier

Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville restaurant is sailing into Navy Pier for a 10-year run.

The Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority, which owns and operates the pier, approved the lease Wednesday morning.

“So, we’ll have the Caribbean in February on Navy Pier,” said David Mosena, board chairman. The authority is hoping the restaurant and entertainment venue will serve as an attendance magnet year-round.

Buffett, in a prepared statement, expressed his excitement for the new venue, targeted to open next spring.

“From my earliest days in the city, playing the Quiet Knight on Belmont, to the pinnacle of live performances to me, singing in front of the ivy wall at Wrigley Field, I have had a long and wonderful history and affection for the people, the music, the art and the food of the Windy City. I have always thought of Chicago as a beach town, a pretty big one, but still a beach town.”

Terms of the deal were not immediately available.

The restaurant beat out 10 other bidders, including the current tenant in the space, Charlie’s Ale House.



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