Video of Jimmy Buffett on the Tonight Show

On last night’s “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”, Jimmy Buffett talks about his Margaritaville “active living communities” for retirees, vertical tailgating for his Broadway musical, Escape to Margaritaville, and breaking liquor sales records at the theater. He also led the audience in a sing along of the iconic song ‘Margaritaville!’

Jimmy Buffett talks about ‘Escape to Margaritaville’

From ABC 7 in New York: “Jimmy Buffett’s ‘Escape to Margaritaville’ comes to Broadway

Jimmy Buffett has never won a Grammy Award, and he’s not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, so how come he’s richer than Bruce Springsteen? Some answers can be found at the Marquis Theatre, where we found him getting ready for the opening of his new musical.

Laid-back has rarely looked so good. The man making an “Escape to Margaritaville” has built a fortune by seeming like he doesn’t have a care in the world.

“The ability to have a little fun in life is necessary and even more so now,” Jimmy told me during final rehearsals of his new show.

“No, I did not,” he said. “I was just writing songs about people that I knew about and episodes in my own life.”

Buffett’s new Broadway show is but one small part of an empire. The musician is worth more than half a billion dollars, but the musical featuring his old tunes woven into a loose story is very close to his heart. Being on Broadway is one of his long held dreams.

“One of the cool things is walking to work down Broadway and being on Broadway, so to me, I still have to pinch myself to see that’s going to happen,” Buffet said. I asked him how that makes him feel and he replied, “You know I always love that Drifter’s song: ‘You know, the neon lights are bright on Broadway.’ I sing it coming down Broadway.”

Video of Jimmy Buffett on CBS News Sunday Morning

From CBS News Sunday Morning: “Jimmy Buffett and “Margaritaville” come to Broadway

From Tracy Smith: “You might say the newest musical on Broadway feels like an old friend. This is Jimmy Buffett’s “Escape to Margaritaville.”

You won’t see Jimmy on stage, but every song is his. Feel free to sing along!

Smith said, “Broadway is a big gamble. You don’t have to do this; you’re rather comfortable, I would say. Why stick your neck out?”

“‘Cause for me it’s the challenge of doing it,” Buffett replied. “I’ve always wanted to do it. You know, one of my favorite songs was always The Drifters — They say the neon lights are bright on Broadway. I sing it every time I walk down here to work.

“And I think about my mother and when she would drag me to musicals, you know, when I was a kid. It’s more about for her. I wish she was here to see this, but she’s the one that set me on this path. So, I figure I gotta do it!”

This is a jukebox musical: Of the 27 songs in the show, only two are actually new. The rest, like “License to Chill,” are proven crowd-pleasers.

“Most of the songs people have heard,” Buffett said. “It’s not like we’re waiting to see if they’re good or not. We’re kind of OK, right? We don’t want to go in there and do what they don’t know!”

Smith asked, “Do you think there would be a Jimmy Buffett if there wasn’t a New Orleans?”

“That’s a very interesting question. I don’t think there ever would have been. I could have gotten a job going South, probably would have had a bar in the British Virgin Islands and singing there,” he replied. “But those years being here really were formative years for me. And it made me a better professional player, so that I thought I could make that leap and all of that. This was my training ground for all of that.”

For Buffett, a married father of three, it’s been a long voyage, and not always an easy one.

When asked what was the biggest storm he’s weathered, he replied, “Wow. There was a point — I think it’s a year or two-year period — where I lost my mom, my dad, Ed Bradley, one of my best friends. But I have to think that, what would they want me to do? And all I can think of is continue doing what I’m doing.”

Jimmy Buffett to appear on the Today Show

Jimmy Buffett will be making an appearance on the Today Show (NBC) on Thursday March 1st between 7:00 – 9:00 a.m. ET, and also during the 10:00 a.m. hour. He is scheduled to perform and discuss his musical “Escape to Margaritaville”.

He last appeared on the Today Show on Sept 29, 2017 to talk about “Escape to Margaritaville” heading to Broadway.