Casting Announced For Escape to Margaritaville National Tour

From Broadway.com: Trouble turns funny, songs get sung and one good song will last all night long! Newcomers Chris Clark and Sarah Hinrichsen will star in the upcoming national tour of Jimmy Buffett’s Escape to Margaritaville. They’ll play Tully and Rachel, respectively, in the road production of the Broadway musical, where they’ll be joined by Shelly Lynn Walsh as Tammy and Peter Michael Jordan as Brick. The Margaritaville tour will kick off at the Providence Performing Arts Center in Providence, RI, on September 29, before heading to over 35 cities across the U.S. in the first year.

“This talented cast has been hand-selected to share and celebrate the story, music and lifestyle of this show on its first national tour,” said Jimmy Buffett, in a statement to the press. “I am thrilled that this group of performers will transform theaters into Margaritaville each evening. Margaritaville started out as an idea, but now you can actually spend an evening there, and get your mind on island time.”

Welcome to Margaritaville, where people come to get away from it all—and stay to find something they never expected. Get ready for a hilarious and heartwarming musical with the most unforgettable songs from one of music’s greatest storytellers.

Tickets are available at EscapeToMargaritavilleMusical.com

Buffett promotes Escape to Margaritaville national tour

From WPRI: “Jimmy Buffett fans can ‘Escape to Margaritaville’ next month at PPAC

If you want to escape to Margaritaville, just head to the Providence Performing Arts Center next month.

Jimmy Buffett’s musical comedy premieres at PPAC on Sept. 29.

Speaking to reporters Thursday morning, the singer-songwriter said having spent plenty of time on the East Coast before, he’s excited the show kicks off its North American tour in Providence.

“I know this market pretty well, and I’m honored that y’all are the first ones to have us,” he said.

Buffet said the show brings a diverse audience and it’s mostly for all ages.

“You can plug their ears a couple times but it’s nothing really bad, you know?” he said with a laugh.

Buffett hopes—like the name of the show says—it will give the audience an escape.

“Well, I think it’s obvious in the times we live that an oasis in anybody’s life is where you can go and have two hours of fun and get away from the hectic world that we seem to be living in these days is good for everybody,” he said.

Buffett also kicks off an international tour next month. When asked if fans can expect to see him make any special appearances between tour dates, he said, “there’s a good possibility” he shows up.

As for what’s next, Buffett said he has some ideas in the works.

“I’m going to rehearsals in New York because I’m going to pitch myself as a potential part-time role where I can slip on stage. I don’t want to just come sing Margaritaville, I want to act [laughs] about that much,” he joked.

“Escape to Margaritaville” runs at PPAC Sept. 29 through Oct. 5.

Tickets are on sale now at the PPAC box office, by phone at (401) 421-ARTS (2787) or by visiting ppacri.org.

Tickets for the “Escape to Margaritaville” North America tour are on sale at EscapetoMargaritavilleMusical.com

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Legendary author Herman Wouk dies at 103

From the Hollywood Reporter: “Herman Wouk, Author of ‘The Caine Mutiny’ and ‘The Winds of War,’ Dies at 103

Herman Wouk, the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Caine Mutiny that became a Broadway hit and then a Columbia Pictures classic that starred Humphrey Bogart in a career-defining performance, has died. He was 103.

Wouk died Friday in his sleep at his home in Palm Springs, his literary agent Amy Rennert told the Associated Press.

Wouk wrote the Caribbean-set 1965 comedy “Don’t Stop the Carnival”, which Jimmy Buffett used as the basis for a 1998 album and short-lived musical.

The musical “Don’t Stop the Carnival” had a six week run at the Coconut Grove playhouse in Miami in April 1997. The musical then had a run at the Atlantis Hotel in the Bahamas in 2001.

“Escape to Margaritaville” Open Casting Call

The first national tour of the Jimmy Buffett jukebox musical “Escape to Margaritaville” is holding an open casting call in New York City for all principal roles.

Join the first national tour of the Jimmy Buffett jukebox musical “Escape to Margaritaville.” Talent, aged 20 and older, is wanted for all principal roles in the production, including Tully, Rachel, and others. There will be an open casting call on March 26 and 27 in NYC. Rehearsals will begin on or about Aug. 26, followed by travel for tech around Sept. 23 in Providence, Rhode Island, and a press opening on Oct. 3. Contracts run through Aug. 23, 2020. Pay is $750 per week with a weekly per diem, travel, and housing provided during the tour. Apply here!

Rehearsal and Production Dates & Locations – Rehearsals begin on or around Aug. 26 in NYC; travel for tech on or around Sept. 23 in Providence, RI; press opening on or around Oct. 3 in Providence, RI. Contracts run through approx. Aug. 23, 2020.

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“Escape to Margaritaville” Musical coming to Las Vegas

The “Escape to Margaritaville” national tour will include a run in Las Vegas in January 2020. There are now three stops for the traveling musical that have been announced (other dates and cities TBA).

Oct 2019 – Providence Performing Arts Center – Providence RI
Nov 19 — Dec 1, 2019 – Broward Center for the Performing Arts – Fort Lauderdale FL
Jan 7 — Jan 12, 2020 – The Smith Center for the Performing Arts – Las Vegas NV

Jimmy Buffett’s sunny new musical, Escape to Margaritaville, is heading out across North America in 2019 for their first national tour! With an emphasis on ‘not sweating the small stuff’ Buffet’s musical oozes with the musicians greatest hits, with it’s chilled out party atmosphere it’s time to Escape to Margaritaville!

With a book by Greg Garcia and Mike O’Malley and music and lyrics by Buffet himself, this semi-autobiographical musical is named after Buffet’s 1977 smash hit ‘Margaritaville’ which also saw the star inducted into the 2016 Grammy Hall of Fame. Depicting images of ice-cold cocktails and bright beaches, Escape to Margaritaville celebrates life on a tropical island, and is sure you to leave you with that glowing summer feeling.

Escape to Margaritaville follows the fortunes of charming bartender and singer Tully, who spends his days between shifts seducing the rich female tourists on the tropical island of Margaritaville. Known as a local ladykiller, Tully can sweet-talk his way out of almost any scrape he finds himself in, whether it be an irate husband or frustrated boss. That is until the arrival of a lone, single female tourist who takes her career seriously; Tully falls head over heels but she is as frosty as the drinks he serves behind the bar. Can he win her heart before she flies home, and will the swaying palms and warm summer breeze convince them to both change their ways?

Escape to Margaritaville coming to Fort Lauderdale in November 2019

From the Sun Sentinel: “Finally a musical for Jimmy Buffett fans, as Broadway 2019-2020 season at Broward Center is announced

Four Broadway shows coming to Fort Lauderdale’s Broward Center for the Performing Arts next season are going to be South Florida premieres. Those first-timers for the 2019-2020 season include “Escape to Margaritaville,” “Disney’s Aladdin, “Mean Girls” and “Bandstand.”

Nov. 19-Dec. 1: “Escape to Margaritaville

Parrotheads finally have their very own jukebox musical of Jimmy Buffett tunes. When the show debuted on Broadway last February, the critics savaged the production. But Buffett fans will probably love hearing Great White Way arrangements of “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere,” “Why Don’t We Get Drunk,” “Son of a Son of a Sailor,” “My Head Hurts, My Feet Stink and I Don’t Love Jesus,” “Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes,” “Margaritaville” — and that’s just in the first act.