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”.

Busy First Day at Latitude Margaritaville

From the Daytona Beach News Journal: “Beginnin’ to boil: Hundreds line up to buy in Margaritaville

Ormond Beach residents Don and Susan Veatch arrived at 8:20 a.m. Sunday to be first to put a deposit down on a new home at Latitude Margaritaville.

Even though the sales center for the Jimmy Buffett-themed 55-and-older community wasn’t scheduled to open until 9 a.m. Monday, the parking lot on Sunday quickly turned into a party that lasted all night long as more than 200 people wound up camping overnight for the chance to buy one of the first 378 house lots to be made available.

The project’s developers, Minto Communities and Buffett’s Margaritaville Holdings, kept the Monday morning crowd of about 375 in good spirits by erecting canopy tents, lighting and tables, and providing live music, a showing of the movie “Jurassic World,” bottled water, snacks, pizza, and even umbrellas when it started raining.

“I felt like I was 20 again waiting for concert tickets,” said Susan Veatch, 60, who said she and her husband, 62, drove by several times starting Friday night before deciding to show up Sunday morning to stake out their spot in line. She said they were surprised to be first, but said they were soon joined by others.

By the time the sales center officially opened, the developers were already informing those arriving that if they wound up being too late to put a deposit on house lots in the first batch that their names would be placed on a “Paradise Priority List” to be given the first crack when more lots become available.

Bill Bullock, the Minto senior vice president overseeing development of the planned 6,900-home Latitude Margaritaville Daytona Beach community, said he expects the next batch of approximately 60 lots will become available at the start of the new year, with additional allotments of 60 or so lots becoming available every two months after that.

“This first day of sales at Latitude Margaritaville Daytona Beach has been a record setting day for Minto in number of sales in one day,” Bullock said. “People are still coming in now, and we fully expect (Tuesday) will be big as well.”

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.

Mac McAnally earns 9th CMA for Musician of the Year

Mac McAnally earned the award for Musician of the Year, besting Jerry Douglas, Paul Franklin, Dann Huff and Derek Wells. McAnally, a guitarist, songwriter, singer and producer has won this award eight times previously, 2008-2015. He wasn’t nominated in 2016, but returned to the ballot in 2017.

Watch a backstage interview with Mac McAnnally at ABC.com

‘Escape to Margaritaville’ begins Nov 9th in Chicago

From the Chicago Sun-Times: “‘Margaritaville’ taking Jimmy Buffett’s Parrothead vibe to Broadway

Buffett, who calls Sag Harbor, Long Island, home these days, laughs knowingly when it is suggested that in many ways he has far more in common with the character of Rachel than Tully. For in addition to a busy concert touring schedule that takes him to Europe and beyond, he has long been a successful businessman, with chains of restaurants keyed to his song’s themes, licensed products for everything from tequila to chips and guacamole, a beer deal with Anheuser-Busch, a casino-hotel in Atlantic City, and a $1 billion retirement village in Daytona Beach, Florida, now in the works. He also is involved in many charitable efforts, supporting ecological and marine laboratory projects and more recently raising money for hurricane relief.

But it is Broadway that calls to him.

“My love of musical theater dates back far longer than my interest in the music I am known for,” said Buffett, during a chat in Chicago. “I grew up in Mobile, Alabama, where my working mother, who had three kids, performed as part of the Mobile Theatre Guild, and she would drag me along to play children’s roles — like the little French-Polynesian boy in ‘South Pacific’ — and I kind of liked it. She also took me to see the road shows that came through town. I learned everything I know from Rodgers and Hammerstein — the way those songs go into your heart, the way the lyrics are like poetry but always driving the story and sounding authentic to the characters. I was a child of the television age, but I loved the live entertainment form.”

“I still remember the first time I saw ‘The Who’s Tommy’ on Broadway, and the original ‘Evita’ with Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin,” said Buffett. “And I began wondering if I could make a musical out of my own music, although I knew the challenge of doing it would be to be true to my audience as well as to connect to a new one.”

Buffett’s first (if unsuccessful ) attempt at a Broadway musical was two decades ago when he collaborated with Herman Wouk (fabled author of “The Caine Mutiny”), to create a musical based on Wouk’s book, “Don’t Stop the Carnival.” A paradise-turns-into-hell comedy about a man escaping to the Caribbean to salve a midlife crisis, it played for six weeks in Miami and closed, but Buffett turned it into an album.

‘ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE’
When: Nov. 9 – Dec. 2
Where: Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph
Tickets: $33 – $120
Info: www.BroadwayInChicago.com

Hanging Out at Le Select

In support of our friends in the Caribbean who have suffered so much from hurricanes, singer-songwriter Keith Sykes and the author of the Buck Reilly Island Adventure series, John Cunningham have co-written a new single, “Hanging Out at Le Select”, that Keith has recorded. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of “Hanging Out at Le Select” will be dedicated to recovery efforts in the Caribbean. Islands have been destroyed, and lives disrupted. “Threads of all the moments, unravel in the air” at Le Select, and in our hearts over these storms. The song will be available by download and as a single. Watch Keith and John’s Facebook pages for details availability, or ask them about it at MOTM in Key West this weekend. Thank you for your support to help the people of the islands recover.

Jimmy Buffett’s party shut down by local sheriffs

From Pagesix.com: Jimmy Buffett celebrated his Broadway-bound musical “Escape to Margaritaville” in New Orleans over the weekend, followed by a raucous party on the Mississippi River — where “Margaritaville” and Hollywood mega-producer Frank Marshall assumed the alias “DJ Master Frank” to spin tunes.

Buffett, “not one to be upstaged, put the evening into overdrive,” a spy said, “by taking over the DJ booth for the rest of the night, playing some mean funk and Daft Punk.”

The party got so wild that local sheriffs closed it down at 2 a.m. The celebration then moved to the French Quarter, capped off by a predawn “breakfast toast.”