Buffett and Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda

Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator and star of “Hamilton: An American Musical”, spent time with Jimmy Buffett in Chicago this past Saturday. Buffett was Miranda’s guest at a matinee performance of Hamilton at the CIBC Theatre that afternoon, and then Miranda was Buffett’s guest at an evening performance of Escape to Margaritaville at the Oriental Theatre. During the final curtain call Miranda joined Buffett onstage for a surprise performance of the latter’s iconic hit song “Margaritaville”.

Escape to Margaritaville Cast Recording to be released

From Billboard: “Jimmy Buffett’s ‘Escape to Margaritaville’ Musical Cast Recording to Be Released on His Mailboat Records: Exclusive” (to be released on February 16, 2018)

This coming February, Broadway audiences will get the chance to see Jimmy Buffett’s first-ever musical, Escape to Margaritaville.

But Parrotheads and theater fans alike the world over will be able to hear the show’s songs the same day as its first Broadway performance (Feb. 16, 2018) when the Escape to Margaritaville cast recording is released digitally on and on CD on Buffett’s Mailboat Records, the label and producers Frank Marshall, Mindy Rich, Anita Waxman and Beth Williams announced exclusively through Billboard today.

The cast recording — which will be recorded this month in Chicago and features original Buffett songs alongside classics like “Come Monday,” “Volcano” and “Cheeseburger in Paradise” — is the first of its kind on Buffett’s Mailboat label.

This coming February, Broadway audiences will get the chance to see Jimmy Buffett’s first-ever musical, Escape to Margaritaville.

But Parrotheads and theater fans alike the world over will be able to hear the show’s songs the same day as its first Broadway performance (Feb. 16, 2018) when the Escape to Margaritaville cast recording is released digitally on and on CD on Buffett’s Mailboat Records, the label and producers Frank Marshall, Mindy Rich, Anita Waxman and Beth Williams announced exclusively through Billboard today.

The cast recording — which will be recorded this month in Chicago and features original Buffett songs alongside classics like “Come Monday,” “Volcano” and “Cheeseburger in Paradise” — is the first of its kind on Buffett’s Mailboat label.

“I always felt that an album should be a musical journey, and I have made a few of them,” Buffett says in a statement. “The amazing thing to me about this project is that the collection of classic and new songs, chosen from a treasure chest of material, never perceived by yours truly as such a journey, became one. It is a strange and wonderful feeling to hear your songs sung by others with the new and exciting mission to create a melodic ship on which the story of Escape to Margaritaville can sail.”

“We at Jimmy Buffett’s Mailboat record label are thrilled to be a part of this recording of all Jimmy’s classic music, put into one album, with incredibly talented actors singing these iconic songs,” says director of development Mike Ramos.

Article on Escape to Margaritaville

From Pagesix.com: “Jimmy Buffett’s Broadway musical is a ‘beach vacation’

Pay attention. There’s a new kid in town.

Name’s Paul Alexander Nolan. He stars in singer/songwriter/guitarist Jimmy Buffett’s soon-due Broadway musical “Escape to Margaritaville

“When I tested for the role, I was laid-back. Not showy,” he said. “Christopher Plummer says, ‘Wear the right shoes at auditions.’ It’s like a dialect. Flip-flops, boots, heels, dress shoes affect your stance. Your inside feeling.

“This show’s islandy. Set on a beach vacation. So, dead of winter, I came to the audition carrying a bag of clothes and, like a lunatic, changed into resort wear, sandals, Hawaiian shirt, a guitar on my back.

“There’s so many screw-ups trying out a new show. Once onstage, I’m playing the opening lick. Singing loud lyrics to a Buffett song. Suddenly I blanked. Couldn’t remember what’s next. So I just asked the audience who were his fans, ‘What’s next?’ and they shouted it out.

“This is no usual jukebox musical. Writers took his songs, extracted his folklore and localized it . . . he’s now from Montauk.”

OK, OK. Tell me about the show.

“To feel Jimmy’s roots, how he started in bars, he made me sing in a packed bar where it’s loud. People continued to talk. I’m used to quiet theater. He did a set, then I did a set. My anxiety was only quelled by my longtime practice. And I learned to keep on, plow through even while the joint kept partying.

“You’re going to love ‘Escape to Margaritaville.’”

WGN talks to Jimmy Buffett

Buffett did an interview with Chicago’s WGN 9 and answers questions about the musical “Escape to Margaritaville”

Singer, songwriter Jimmy Buffett was in Chicago recently, to perform some of the songs from his upcoming musical ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE.
The new musical will play Broadway In Chicago’s Oriental Theatre for a limited three-week engagement November 9 through December 2, 2017.
Escape to Margaritaville is the musical comedy getaway featuring both original songs and the most-loved Jimmy Buffett classics.

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)

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 talks about “Escape to Margaritaville”

Jimmy Buffett was at the La Jolla playhouse for the opening of “Escape to Margaritaville” recently. The San Diego Union Tribune has an interview with Buffett: “Escape to Margaritaville goes down easy at La Jolla Playhouse

Margaritaville is both a place and state of mind. Word is that it’s also — and we’re working to confirm this now — the title of a popular song.

Seriously, though, it seems a genius move of theatrical jujitsu to name a new musical “Escape to Margaritaville,” when there has been no escaping from Jimmy Buffett’s boozy tune “Margaritaville” for the past 40 years.

You will not be surprised to learn there’s a good-time, party vibe to it all. No one expected this show to be “Les Miz” in flip-flops (much less Chekhov by the beach), but it’s still worth noting how “Escape to Margaritaville” delivers just about every bit of what the phrase “Jimmy Buffett musical” promises, from the splashy colors to the steel-drum beats to the palm-fronded beach bar slinging fruity cocktails.