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Escape to Margaritaville

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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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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. 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. More than a musical. It’s a way of life.


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Los Angeles Times

for a previous production "Although I was stone cold sober, I am fairly certain that alcohol could only have an improving effect on this kind of entertainment...I had a good time. I’m not exactly proud of the fact...If you want a silly diversion with music and lyrics that could get Falstaff karaoke-ing, 'Escape to Margaritaville' is just the ticket...Ashley's production might be the Platonic ideal of a Las Vegas musical: Broadway showmanship for the masses...The show’s secret, I suspect, lies in the songwriting brilli... Full Review

San Diego Union-Tribune

for a previous production "'Escape to Margaritaville' delivers just about every bit of what the phrase 'Jimmy Buffett musical' promises...Christopher Ashley keeps the action brisk and the tone snappy, with bouts of memorably athletic and polished choreography...'Margaritaville,' though, can’t entirely escape the hangups that tend to ail jukebox musicals...Some songs here do feel a little forced...Others...manage to work to goofy perfection...Those issues aside, 'Margaritaville' boasts an excellent cast." Full Review

San Diego Gay and Lesbian News

for a previous production "Delightful world premiere...The major roles feature Broadway veterans and they’re all terrific...'Escape To Margaritaville' is mostly an excuse to hear those great old Buffett songs (and some new ones penned for the show). You will leave this show with a smile on your face." Full Review

Talkin' Broadway

for a previous production "A jukebox musical that's lighter than air and whose appeal floats away into the marine layer immediately upon exiting the Mandell Weiss Theatre...The creative team have done exquisite work under Ashley's solidly entertaining direction...A lot of the problem is with Greg Garcia and Mike O'Malley's book...The reason for the weakness lies in the nature of Buffett's songs...It is hard to overlay a story with a bunch of other stories, so the book's story has to be kept simple." Full Review

San Diego Reader

for a previous production "The story...doesn’t do the music justice...The title song fits...Other songs appear like far-off islands the story must detour to instead of moving forward...The script does smash a few stereotypes, though...The script has some funny one-liners, and a few groaners...Ashley shows once again that he can direct anything and can make a negligible script appear almost competent. His cast moves with speed and assurance, and all sing Buffett’s music like rockets ablaze." Full Review

Carol's Theatre Reviews Blogspot

for a previous production "The story with book by Greg Garcia and Mike O’Malley, music and lyrics Jimmy Buffett and choreographed by Kelly Devine are all in good hands with director Christopher Ashley...It’s mostly fun and games, if you don’t count the shtick about Tammy and her weight problem..Suffice it to say the Buffet ballads hold their own...It’s the look of the production that draws attention more than the story...I love the tap dancing." Full Review

Daily Actor

for a previous production "There is a lot to recommend in this show – strong performers, good voices, beautiful sets, and...the music...The show does suffer from some issues that seem to come up a lot with jukebox musicals – how to connect the songs in way that makes sense?...The conflict of the show gets wrapped up fairly quickly, and with little actual tension, so we can get to another Buffett song...The biggest issue this show seems to have is that the character sketches wouldn’t fill a cocktail napkin." Full Review

UCSD The Guardian

for a previous production "The show is defined by its snappy humor. There is a feeling of camaraderie and connection between the audience and those on stage...While the dialogue does occasionally feel a little stilted when trying to incorporate some of Buffett’s past hits, the feeling of awareness, that some of the bigger reaches are all part of the joke, makes this forgivable...'Escape to Margaritaville' is a fun ride with a variety of hilarious characters, catchy songs and compelling storylines." Full Review

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