Escape to Margaritaville
Previews start February 16, 2018
Escape to Margaritaville
Running Time: TBA
Plan your escape to the new musical about the choices we make—and the people we become—once we’ve had a change in latitude.
ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE is the musical comedy getaway featuring both original songs and some of the most-loved JIMMY BUFFETT classics, including “Come Monday,” “Volcano,” “Cheeseburger in Paradise” and many more. With a book by Emmy® Award winner GREG GARCIA (“My Name is Earl,” “Raising Hope”) and Emmy nominee MIKE O’MALLEY (“Survivor’s Remorse,” “Shameless”), this rousing and refreshing new production is choreographed by Tony Award® nominee KELLY DEVINE (Come From Away, Rock of Ages) and directed by Tony Award® nominee and La Jolla Playhouse Artistic Director CHRISTOPHER ASHLEY (Come From Away, Memphis).
Imagine a place where the sun is hot, the water’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. Take a break from your troubles, make some new friends at the bar and kick back to the soothing sounds of the kettledrum. It doesn’t get much better than this. All you need now is a ticket.
ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE More than a musical. It’s a way of life.
Schedule can vary by performance and is subject to change.
Monday: No Performance
Wednesday: 2PM & 8PM
Saturday: 2PM & 8PM
Musical, Student & Family Friendly
1535 Broadway New York, NY 10036
PAUL ALEXANDER NOLAN- Tully
In 2016 he earned a Drama Desk nomination for his work in Bright Star on Broadway at the Cort Theatre; then went on to play Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady at Bay Street Theatre directed by Michael Arden. In 2015 he received an OCC nomination for his work in Dr. Zhivago. Other starring roles on Broadway include Once and Jesus Christ Superstar. In 2015 Paul made his off-Broadway debut with Daddy Long Legs directed by John Caird. He was most recently seen on Broadway as Billy Flynn in Chicago. His regional credits include Aida (Kansas City Starlight), Jesus Christ Superstar and Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (LJP), and six seasons with the Stratford Festival.
ALISON LUFF – Rachel
Alison was recently seen in the Broadway Revival of Les Miserables as Fantine. She was also seen on Broadway as Miss Honey in Matilda. Prior, she spent the year staring as Elphaba on the 1st Nat'l tour of Wicked. Broadway credits include: Scandalous, Ghost, and Mamma Mia!
LISA HOWARD - Tammy
Lisa most recently appeared on Broadway as Jenny in It Shoulda Been You (2015 Drama Desk Nominee: Outstanding Actress in a Musical; 2015 Drama League Awards Nominee: Distinguished Performance. Other Broadway credits include Diva 1 in Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert; Missy Hart in 9 to 5 The Musical, Head Nurse in Lincoln Center’s revival of South Pacific and as Rona Lisa Peretti in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, for which she won a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble Performance. She toured the US in the national company of Les Misérables, where she played many performances as “Madame Thenardier,” and has played leading roles regionally at Pittsburgh CLO, St. Louis MUNY, Olney Theater Center, Human Race Theater and Kansas City Starlight. Lisa made her feature film debut as Siobahn in the wilight Saga, Breaking Dawn Part 2 and has also been seen on television in “Ugly Betty.” Her debut solo CD, “Songs of Innocence and Experience” is available on iTunes. Lisa is a graduate of the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music.
ERIC PETERSEN - Brick
Broadway: School of Rock (Dewey Finn), Shrek: The Musical (Shrek Standby), Peter & The Starcatcher (Ted) 1st National Tours: Shrek: The Musical (Shrek), 25th Annual...Spelling Bee (Barfeé). Television: "Kirstie” (series regular), "Big Bang Theory,” "Modern Family," "NCIS," "CSI,” "Law & Order," "Law & Order: SVU," "GCB,” "The Brittany Murphy Story," and the Disney Channel shows "Jessie,” "Kirby Buckets," and "Pair of Kings.” Upcoming Coen Bros film The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs. Regional: La Jolla Playhouse, Barn Theatre, North Shore Music Theatre. Graduate of Bradley University. Proud member of Actors Equity.
JIMMY BUFFETT - Composer/Lyricist
Singer/songwriter/author Jimmy Buffett has become a legend of popular culture as the composer of such classic songs as "Margaritaville," "Come Monday," and "Cheeseburger in Paradise." He has recorded over fifty albums, most of which have gone gold, platinum or multi-platinum. His sold-out concert tours are an annual rite of summer for his legions of fans, affectionately known as Parrotheads, many of whom are professionals by day and who dress in spectacular and outrageous tropical outfits and headwear when Jimmy comes to town. Born in the Gulf Coast town of Pascagoula, Mississippi, he was raised in Mobile, Alabama. He is a fourth-generation sailor and fisherman, a pilot, a surfer, and a frequent traveler to remote and exotic places of the world, having become addicted to National Geographic magazine as a child. The lyrics to many of his songs are influenced by his travels all over the globe. As a best-selling author, he is one of only nine authors in the history of The New York Times Bestseller List to have reached #1 on both their fiction and non-fiction lists. Jimmy has received two Grammy nominations, numerous Country Music Association awards and was the recipient of one of the nation’s highest songwriting honors when he was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame. And now Jimmy is heading into the theatre world. The new musical, Escape to Margaritaville, features the music and lifestyle of Jimmy Buffett, from an original story, and includes both new songs and the most-loved Buffett classics. Speaking of Buffett classics, the most famous of them all, "Margaritaville" has been inducted into the 2016 Grammy Hall of Fame for its cultural and historic significance. Only those recordings that have influenced and inspired both music creators and fans for generations are considered for this most special honor.
GREG GARCIA - Book
Greg created three back-to-back syndicated comedies: "Yes, Dear;" "My Name is Earl," "Raising Hope" He has written on a variety of other sitcoms, including "Family Matters" and "Family Guy" and won an Emmy for Outstanding Writing in A Comedy Series for the pilot of "My Name is Earl." His latest show, "The Guest Book," airs in August on TBS and is inspired by the dark and twisted fictitious stories he would write in the guest books of rental cabins in an effort to freak out the next renters. Garcia entered the world of musical theatre for the sole reason of hoping his oldest son Camden, a very talented actor at Boston University, would think he was cool.
MIKE O’MALLEY - Book
Mike is the creator of the award-winning television series "Survivor’s Remorse," which premieres its fourth season this summer on Starz. He also wrote on Showtime’s "Shameless" for the first four seasons. As an actor, he was nominated for an Emmy for his portrayal of Burt Hummel on "Glee" and recently appeared in the films Sully and Concussion. Television acting credits include: "Yes, Dear;" "Justified;" "My Own Worst Enemy;" "My Name is Earl;" "Welcome to the Family" and "The Mike O’Malley Show." Film acting credits include: 28 Days, Deep Impact, Cedar Rapids, Eat Pray Love and Meet Dave. Way back when, he hosted the Nickelodeon shows "Get the Picture" and "Guts". He is the author of two plays that have been published by Samuel French: Three Years from Thirty and Diverting Devotion. His play Searching for Certainty was adapted into the film Certainty, which won the Best Screenplay award at the Boston film Festival.
CHRISTOPHER ASHLEY - Director
Artistic Director, La Jolla Playhouse. Broadway: Come From Away (Tony Award® winner), Memphis (Tony Award® nomination), Xanadu, Leap of Faith, All Shook Up, Rocky Horror Show (Tony Award® nomination). West End: Memphis. New York: Blown Sideways Through Life, Jeffrey, The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told, Valhalla, Regrets Only, Wonder of the World, Communicating Doors, Bunny Bunny, The Night Hank Williams Died, Fires in the Mirror (Lucille Lortel Award). Kennedy Center: Sweeney Todd, Merrily We Roll Along, Lisbon Traviata. La Jolla Playhouse selected credits: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Darrell Hammond Project, Hollywood, His Girl Friday, Glengarry Glen Ross, Restoration. TV/Film: Lucky Stiff, Jeffrey; "American Playhouse," PBS: "Blown Sideways Through Life."
KELLY DEVINE – Choreographer
Broadway: Come From Away (Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations), Doctor Zhivago, Rocky (Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Award nominations), Rock of Ages. International: Rocky (Germany), Rock of Ages (West End, UK tour, Toronto, Australia; Helpmann & Green Room Awards). Opera: Faust (The Met & ENO), Wozzeck (San Diego Opera). Off-Broadway: Rock of Ages, Fat Camp, Frankenstein, Anne Wrecksick. La Jolla Playhouse: Come From Away, Peter and the Starcatcher, Doctor Zhivago, Private Fittings. Other regional: Come From Away, Toxic Avenger, A Christmas Story, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. Stratford Shakespeare Festival: Cabaret, Romeo and Juliet. Select film/TV: Mozart in the Jungle, Wormwood, Untouchables starring Nicole Kidman and Bryan Cranston.