Jimmy Buffett’s ‘Margaritaville’ Musical Is Broadway Bound

February 16, 2017

Joshua Barone, New York Times

Jimmy Buffett’s tropical paradise is coming to Broadway — but not before going on tour.

“Escape to Margaritaville,” Mr. Buffett’s musical featuring new songs and past hits, is scheduled to open on Broadway in spring 2018, its producers announced on Friday. The play will come to New York after its previously announced premiere in May at the La Jolla Playhouse in California, followed by engagements in New Orleans, Houston and Chicago.

 “We’ll set sail from California on a pre-Broadway national tour stopping first in the city that gave me my start — New Orleans,” Mr. Buffett said in a statement. “Then to some of my other favorites,” he added, “before arriving at that port of all ports, Broadway and New York City.”

The musical — about a part-time bartender and singer named Tully who thinks he has life figured out until a tourist steals his heart — is being written by two veterans of the TV series “My Name Is Earl”: its creator, Greg Garcia, and the comic actor Mike O’Malley. Christopher Ashley, who is directing the new Broadway musical “Come From Away,” will direct. He was a Tony nominee for his direction of “Memphis” and “The Rocky Horror Show.”

Mr. Buffett’s previous foray into musical theater, a collaboration in the 1990s with the writer Herman Wouk called “Don’t Stop the Carnival,” was critically and commercially unsuccessful and never arrived on Broadway.

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