Escape to Margaritaville
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Escape to Margaritaville

Escape to Margaritaville NYC Reviews and Tickets

(562 Reviews)
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Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Delightful, Fluffy

About the Show

This new musical comedy getaway features both original songs and beloved Jimmy Buffett classics, including “Come Monday,” “Volcano,” “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” and many more.

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131 Reviews | 15 Followers
Edgy, Great acting, Great singing, Must see, Entertaining

See it if You will love it if you enjoy being apart of an interactive performance like singing etc

Don't see it if If you don't want to sing along or are offended easily with sexual content

66 Reviews | 5 Followers
Entertaining, Funny, Must see, Romantic

See it if Great musical score.

Don't see it if You don't like pina coladas and dancing in the rain.

115 Reviews | 22 Followers
Great acting, Funny, Exquisite, Entertaining, Enchanting

See it if Excellent show Great actors singers dancers Story was good I dont understand the poor reviews I did not know buffets music But it was great

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62 Reviews | 11 Followers
Entertaining, Funny, Delightful

See it if love a really fun experience with lots of laughter

Don't see it if you like more serious performances

63 Reviews | 18 Followers
Delightful, Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing

See it if you have ever hummed "pour me something tall and strong," You will love this show.

Don't see it if you don't like Jimmy Buffet. Read more

506 Reviews | 1003 Followers
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if see also

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56 Reviews | 14 Followers
Delightful, Funny, Refreshing, Fun. fun. fun!!

See it if You want a fun filled evening that is entertaining and enjoyable. Very pleasantly surprised. Loved the props and music

Don't see it if You want a serious thought provoking play as this is just a sit back and enjoy type of musical

85 Reviews | 16 Followers
Delightful, Loveable, Charming, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you want an easy night out, it's pleasant, with good staging and singing.

Don't see it if don't like Jimmy Buffet's songs. Read more

Critic Reviews (53)

The New York Times
March 15th, 2018

"Awfully lowbrow…Dopey fun is one thing, but ‘Escape to Margaritaville,’ a paean to the pleasures of zipless debauchery, is pitched so low it will temporarily extinguish your IQ...A coherent aesthetic experience, in that laziness is not just its method but its message...The score is beautifully sung...It’s the songs themselves that are problematic. They may work well enough on the radio or in concert but, conscripted for theatrical service, grow quickly monotonous."
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Time Out New York
March 15th, 2018

"Hokey and sometimes pokey. But I’ll level with you: I had fun…The show doesn’t shoehorn Buffett’s songs into a story so much as cobble a story around them, extrapolating characters and situations from details in the lyrics, which is more successful in small ways than in large ones…Performed by a vocally overqualified cast…the score is pleasantly catchy…'Escape to Margaritaville' revels in its own goofiness. It’s not trying to be paradise; it’s fine with being a cheeseburger.”
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New York Magazine / Vulture
March 15th, 2018

“‘Escape to Margaritaville’ is about as much fun as buying a dud hermit crab as a pet. It seems like it’ll be exotic, or at least cute, but it’s really kind of sad, and definitely a rip-off, and, at the end of the day, actually just an empty shell…‘Margaritaville’s’ best moments happen when director Christopher Ashley decides to take things just briefly into over-the-top weirdoland…The story sketched around Buffett’s big hits by Garcia and O’Malley has all the freshness of a rerun of ‘Friends.’”
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The Hollywood Reporter
March 15th, 2018

“Even those unfamiliar with Buffett's songwriting oeuvre should find the proceedings relaxedly enjoyable…It's only when the writers attempt to provide literalism to the lyrics...that the show feels hopelessly strained…Nonetheless, the overall silliness goes down fairly easily, and even easier if you partake of the frozen margaritas...The show exudes an affable likability that's hard to entirely resist…It also helps immeasurably that such a talented cast of Broadway veterans has been assembled.”
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Entertainment Weekly
March 15th, 2018

"While Nolan’s Tully and Luff’s Rachel do look and sound gorgeous singing next to each other, their performances are constrained by underwritten, one-dimensional characters and millennial clichés…The musical’s book is filled with jokes that fall flat...Thankfully, stellar interpretations of Buffett classics knock off your flip-flops and save the otherwise slow-paced first act…After the uplifting, beach-balls-bouncing-in-the-audience ending, I had a smile on my face.”
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March 15th, 2018

"The hedonistic spirit of Buffett's feel-good 'gulf and western' music is on flamboyant display in this witless but colorful songbook musical custom-tailored for the fans...Garcia and O'Malley break no fresh ground with their corny story...But the placement of the Buffett songs isare smartly matched with the developments of the so-called plot...However well packaged, the show just isn't a good fit for New York...The production is ship-shape to travel...anywhere but here."
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The Wall Street Journal
March 15th, 2018

"One of the most mediocre musicals ever to come to my attention. The book is witless, the cast mostly bland, and while some of the songs are quite good, they’re all used in the most banal ways imaginable…Christopher Ashley has staged this sodden mess with the same lively energy with which he infused ‘Come From Away,’ and Kelly Devine’s dances and Walt Spangler’s sets are predictably excellent. If professionalism were all, ‘Escape to Margaritaville’ might be worth seeing.”
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The Washington Post
March 15th, 2018

"The lamely antiseptic musical...Insufferably dumb show, about a beach bum guitarist who falls for an environmental scientist...The musical is built around the Buffett song that practically everyone knows...The lyrics are used as such a literal guideline that one of the characters is actually 'nibblin' on spongecake' as the number begins...At the end...hundreds of beach balls are dumped on the audience...It was the only thing all afternoon in the Marquis Theatre that I didn't see coming."
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