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Will we see Escape to Margaritaville on B'way in 2018?

Escape to Margaritaville

The new musical Escape to Margaritaville is aiming for a Broadway Spring 2018 opening, following its world premiere engagement at La Jolla Playhouse in California and a short pre-Broadway tour later this year.

Escape to Margaritaville features the hits of singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffett, who has also penned new songs specifically for the show. It also features a book by Greg Garcia and Mike O’Malley.

Mr. Buffett released the following statement:

“It’s always been a dream of mine to make it to Broadway! After our world premiere this May in La Jolla, we’ll set sail from California on a pre-Broadway national tour stopping first in the city that gave me my start-New Orleans, then to some of my other favorites – Houston and Chicago – before arriving at that port of all ports, Broadway and New York City.”
Synopsis: "Imagine a place where the sun is hot, the ocean’s warm, and the drinks are as cold as they are plentiful. Welcome to Margaritaville, the island paradise where city folk get away from it all and the locals get into the kind of trouble you can almost always sweet talk your way out of. This new musical is the story of a part-time bartender, part-time singer, and full-time charmer named Tully who thinks he’s got life all figured out. Until a beautiful career-minded tourist steals his heart and makes him question everything."

Under the direction of two-time Tony nominee Christopher Ashley, the creative team behind Escape to Margaritaville features choreography by Tony nominee Kelly Devine, music supervision by Tony nominee Christopher Jahnke, scenic design by Walt Spangler, costume design by Tony winner Paul Tazewell, lighting design by two-time Tony winner Howell Binkley, and sound design by two-time Tony winner Brian Ronan.

Casting for the production will be announced at a later date.

The officially confirmed dates for Escape to Margaritaville are as follows:

- La Jolla Playhouse/Mandell Weiss Theatre, La Jolla, California - May 9 – June 25, 2017 (World Premiere)

- East Jefferson General Hospital Broadway in New Orleans/Saenger Theatre, New Orleans, Louisiana October 20 – 28, 2017

- BBVA Compass Broadway at the Hobby Center, Houston, Texas - October 31 – November 5, 2017

- Broadway In Chicago/Oriental Theatre, Chicago, Illinois - November 9 – December 3, 2017

Broadway dates or a theatre have yet to be confirmed.

- by Tom Millward

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