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Buffett Makes Surprise Appearance in Buffalo

November 20th, 2021

Jimmy Buffett’s musical ‘Escape to Margaritaville’ is playing its final few nights of its national tour and Jimmy made a surprise appearance on stage at Shea’s Theatre in Buffalo, New York on Friday night:

From WIVB:

And from classical music to Margaritaville theater-goers at Shea’s were in for quite the surprise Friday night.

A music legend took the stage, Jimmy Buffett joined the cast of “Escape to Margaritaville” Friday night.

Buffalo is the last stop on the show’s national tour. The show features some of Buffett’s classic hits including “Cheeseburger in Paradise” and “Volcano.”

There are four more shows of escape to Margaritaville at Shea’s this weekend.

Tagged in Musicals

Buffett Makes Surprise Appearance at ‘Escape to Margaritaville’ Musical

November 21st, 2019

Jimmy Buffett made a surprise appearance at the performance of his musical ‘Escape to Margaritaville’ in Ft. Lauderdale on Tuesday night:

On Tuesday night, the South Florida troubadour sang his 1977 Top 10 hit, “Margaritaville,” alongside the cast of the touring company that is now playing through Dec. 1 at Broward Center for the Performing Arts.

“I’m back to Florida, Margaritaville,” the colorful crooner said with a big smile as he strummed a guitar and sang his signature tune to a delighted audience and cast.

Watch below:

Tagged in Musicals, Special Appearances

‘Escape to Margaritaville’ to End Broadway Run

May 30th, 2018

The Jimmy Buffett musical ‘Escape to Margaritaville’ will end its Broadway run on July 1st:

The Jimmy Buffett jukebox musical Escape to Margaritaville has announced a July 1 closing date, ending its Broadway run after just four months.

Produced by Frank Marshall, Mindy Rich, Anita Waxman and Beth Williams, the romantic comedy set in a Caribbean island getaway threatened by an erupting volcano has been a modest earner at the box office since it began previews in February, suggesting that Manhattan is not a high-density Parrothead metropolis. Total grosses to date are $9.7 million.

While some had speculated that the production might hang on through the summer to attract the tourist crowd who are more likely to be Buffett fans, the box office in recent weeks indicated that the show was running at a significant loss, last week slipping to just 33 percent of its potential gross.

Producers have announced a road company kicking off in October 2019 at the Providence Performing Arts Center in Providence, Rhode Island.

Despite some love from the critics for guitar-strumming lead Paul Alexander Nolan, who makes an appealing Buffett stand-in, the production came away empty-handed in Tony Award nominations, which is frequently a sign that an under-performing show’s life on Broadway will be terminated. The fact that it hung on for more than a month after nominations were announced suggests producers are using Broadway as a branding opportunity in the hopes of recouping in the regions.

Escape to Margaritaville will have played 29 previews and 124 regular performances by the time it closes.

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‘Escape to Margaritaville’ is Going National

May 19th, 2018

In 2019, the Jimmy Buffett musical ‘Escape to Margaritaville’ will head out on a national tour:

Escape to Margaritaville, the new Broadway musical featuring the songs of Jimmy Buffett, will launch a national tour in October 2019. The traveling production will kick off at Rhode Island’s Providence Performing Arts Center, according to producer Frank Marshall.

The musical, featuring a book by Greg Garcia and Mike O’Malley and directed by Tony winner Christopher Ashley, opened at the Marquis Theatre in March after playing pre-Broadway engagements in La Jolla, Chicago, New Orleans, and Houston.

Casting and a full itinerary will be announced at a later date.

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Watch Jimmy and Nolan on ‘Watch What Happens Live’

May 17th, 2018

Jimmy Buffett and the star of Broadway’s ‘Escape to Margaritaville’ Paul Alexander Nolan stopped by ‘Watch What Happens Live’ this week:

On May 15, music mogul and singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett and the star of his Broadway musical, Paul Alexander Nolan, took to the stage on Watch What Happens Live to sing the hit song “Margaritaville.”

Buffett’s Escape to Margaritaville currently runs at the Marquis Theatre and incorporates signature Buffett tunes like ‘Margaritaville,“ “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” and “Tin Cup Chalice” into an original story by Greg Garcia and Mike O’Malley.

Though the show did not receive any Tony nominations, Parrotheads flock to the theatre to enjoy the high-energy production directed by Tony winner Christopher Ashley and choreographed by Kelly Devine.

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