Escape to Margaritaville Summary

  • Escape to Margaritaville is 2.5 Hours long, including an intermission of 15 Minutes
  • 8 Shows per week
  • Previews Began: February 16, 2018
  • Opens March 15, 2018
  • Show Closed: July 1, 2018

Escape to Margaritaville is an exciting new musical featuring the music of Jimmy Buffett, whose timeless songs, including “Margaritaville” and “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” combine elements of the folk rock and lyrical elements of the Gulf coast, along with country and western undertones.

Escape to Margaritaville on Broadway Background

Jimmy Buffett is known as the original creator of the “Gulf and Western” musical style, which is denoted by a tropical dreamlike quality combined with country funkiness. The musical Escape to Margaritaville, which features both new and familiar songs by Buffett, has a book by Greg Garcia ("My Name is Earl") and Mike O’Malley ("Glee").

The story follows a part-time bartender and singer on an island paradise called Margaritaville, where a beautiful, career-driven tourist arrives and makes him question his relaxed lifestyle. These themes tie into Jimmy Buffett’s musical catalogue and the lifestyle of his many devoted fans, who are known as Parrotheads, as he celebrates the relaxed island way of life. This musical is therefore an entertaining story that both pays homage to, and critically examines, the choice to live a low-key, off the beaten path lifestyle, in comparison to capitalistic ideals. The show comes to Broadway following additional regional productions in New Orleans, Houston, and Chicago, before finally bringing the Margaritaville vibe to Times Square.

What’s Escape to Margaritaville Like?

Jimmy Buffett has led an incredibly successful career over the past almost 50 years, since his first album, "Down to Earth", was released in 1970. In addition to cultivating a loyal fan base of “Parrotheads” who are devoted to his music, Buffett has also written three number 1 best-selling books and launched multiple business ventures, including two restaurant chains based off his songs. One of these, Margaritaville, has grown from its original location in Key West, Florida, founded in 1977, to its current success with dozens of locations from Florida to Jamaica to Atlantic City to California. This musical is more than your average jukebox musical; it is an additional element to a lifestyle that celebrates island relaxation and stress-free enjoyment of life. The musical had a successful try-out at the La Jolla Playhouse in La Jolla, California, with artistic director and director Christopher Ashley.

Is Escape to Margaritaville Good for Kids?

The children is most appropriate for those aged 10 and above. Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.

Theatre Information

Marquis Theatre

1535 Broadway at 45th Street
New York, NY 10019
Seats: 1,615
Entrance: Broadway, between 45th Street and 46th Street.
Theatre Information

Marquis Theatre Seating Chart

Cast Members

Lisa Howard
Eric Peterson
Paul Alexander Nolan
Alison Luff
Rema Webb
Andre Ward
Don Sparks

Producers

Frank Marshall

Mindy Rich

Anita Waxman

Beth Williams

Production Credits

Direction
Christopher Ashley
Scenic Design
Walt Spangler
Costume Design
Paul Tazewell
Lighting Design
Howell Binkley
Sound Design
Brian Ronan
Musical Supervision
Christopher Jahnke

Creative Team

General Manager
101 Productions
Company Manager
Katie Pope at 101 Productions
Casting Director
Rachel Hoffman at Telsey + Company Casting
Advertising Representative
Serino Coyne
Production Stage Manager
Kim Vernace
Press Agent
DKC O&M