Pitbull joins Buffett on stage at ‘Escape To Margaritaville’

From PitbullUpdates.com: “Pitbull Surprises Fans at Jimmy Buffett’s ‘Escape To Margaritaville’ on Broadway”

Pitbull surprised fans at Jimmy Buffet’s musical Escape To Margaritaville on Broadway in New York City on Friday night! During the musical’s encore Mr. Worldwide took the stage to join Buffett and the cast singing his classic hit “Margaritaville” (he took off his shoes and sang and danced along).

Video of Q&A with Jimmy Buffett

A video from the Q&A session with Jimmy Buffett and the cast of “Escape to Margaritaville” after the June 2nd matinee performance is available (thanks to Terri). Buffett answers several questions including “What is your favorite Broadway show?”, “What advice do you have for the next generation of Parrotheads?”, and “How did this (the musical) all come about?”

‘Escape to Margaritaville’ closing on Broadway July 1st

From Broadway World: “Escape to Margaritaville to Close July 1 on Broadway

Escape to Margaritaville, the new musical featuring the songs of singer-songwriter-author Jimmy Buffett, will play its final Broadway performance at the Marquis Theatre on Sunday, July 1, 2018, after 29 preview and 124 regular performances.

The first stop after Broadway will be Washington, D.C., where Jimmy Buffett and the cast of Escape to Margaritaville will perform on PBS’ “A Capitol Fourth,” celebrating America’s 242nd birthday, on Wednesday, July 4th from 8:00-9:30pm ET.

The Escape to Margaritaville National Tour will officially set sail in October 2019 at the Providence Performing Arts Center in Providence, Rhode Island, before traveling to additional cities throughout the country. The full tour schedule and other information will be announced shortly.

Escape to Margaritaville had its world premiere at La Jolla Playhouse in Spring 2017 where it broke all records, and embarked on a pre-Broadway tour playing New Orleans’ Saenger Theatre, Houston’s Hobby Center, and Chicago’s Oriental Theatre.

How Paul Alexander Nolan wound up in Escape to Margaritaville

From the NY Post: “How a pale Canadian opera-lover wound up in Margaritaville

Two weeks after being cast in “Escape to Margaritaville,” Paul Alexander Nolan found himself singing in a bar in the Florida Keys.

And although he’d already played in five other Broadway shows, he says nothing was more nerve-wracking than harmonizing with a barefoot Jimmy Buffett at Islamorada’s Green Turtle Inn before a hundred invited guests.

“Everybody was talking, laughing and singing along,” Nolan tells The Post. “I thought, ‘How rude!’ But that’s what Jimmy’s used to — and that’s what he loves.”

“When I take a show, I never expect to be rewarded for it,” he says. “We’re just privileged to be on Broadway. Any time you get to work here, it’s like being struck by lightning, but in a good way!”

Through it all, he says, Buffett’s led the way, even showing him how to play certain chords on the guitar. And the singer’s fans, that slap-happy crew known as the Parrotheads, seem happy to hear their idol’s music sung by someone else, Nolan says. Several recently came straight from a tailgating party into the Marquis Theatre bearing a giant, blow-up monkey, which the stage manager promptly confiscated.