World Premiere of Escape to Margaritaville Musical Opens May 28

Regional News   World Premiere of Escape to Margaritaville Musical Opens May 28
The Jimmy Buffett musical plays the La Jolla Playhouse.
Paul Alexander Nolan
Paul Alexander Nolan

The world premiere of Escape to Margaritaville, which began previews May 9 at the La Jolla Playhouse, officially opens at the California venue May 28.

Originally scheduled through June 25, performances were recently extended through July 9.

“We’ve only just begun previews, but the excitement around Escape to Margaritaville is highly palpable, and it’s tremendously gratifying that audiences – ‘Parrot Heads’ and traditional theatregoers alike – are as eager to experience this delightful new musical as we are to share it with them,” said Playhouse Managing Director Michael S. Rosenberg in an earlier statement. “It’s shaping up to be quite a year for Artistic Director Christopher Ashley, helming this world-premiere production right on the heels of his Tony Award-nominated Broadway hit Come From Away and the rousing Disney musical Freaky Friday, and we couldn’t be more proud to be his artistic home.”

Paul Alexander Nolan, who last appeared on Broadway in Bright Star, stars in the New York-aimed musical, which features new songs and well-known hits by Jimmy Buffett. Nolan is joined by fellow Broadway alums Alison Luff as Rachel and Lisa Howard as Tammy.

The cast also includes Charlie Pollock as Brick, Don Sparks as J.D., Andre Ward as Jamal, and Rema Webb as Marley, along with ensemble members Matt Allen, Sara Andreas, Katie Banville, Hanz Enyeart, Marjorie Failoni, Samantha Farrow, Keely Hutton, Justin Keats, Mike Millan, Justin Mortelliti, Ian Paget, Sharone Sayegh, Alex Michael Stoll, and Jena VanElslander as well as three UC San Diego MFA students: Andrew Gallop, Volen Iliev, and Mo Rodvanich.

After La Jolla, the show is scheduled to play New Orleans' Saenger Theatre, Houston's Hobby Center, and the Oriental Theatre in Chicago prior to a Broadway bow, scheduled for spring 2018. Christopher Ashley and Kelly Devine direct and choreograph, respectively.


Featuring a book by Greg Garcia and Mike O'Malley, Escape to Margaritaville follows Tully (Nolan), a part-time bartender and singer at the titular island paradise, where a beautiful career-minded tourist in town makes him question his overly relaxed lifestyle.

The creative team also features Tony-nominated choreographer Kelly Devine, scenic designer Walt Spangler, Tony-winning costume designer Paul Tazewell, two-time Tony-winning lighting designer Howell Binkley, two-time Tony-winning sound designer Brian Ronan, and Tony nominee Christopher Jahnke as music supervisor.

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(Updated May 28, 2017)

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