Escape to Margaritaville
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Escape to Margaritaville
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Escape to Margaritaville NYC Reviews and Tickets

74%
(562 Reviews)
Positive
73%
Mixed
19%
Negative
8%
Members say
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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Member Reviews (562)

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687 Reviews | 114 Followers
70
Cliched, Fluffy, Raunchy, Entertaining, Well sung

See it if Talented cast working very hard in the name of "easy living" Amiable leads (esp Petersen) & energetic ensemble distract from banal storyline

Don't see it if Classic jukebox format of cliched plot surrounding & propelling hit songs Tolerance level of this factor is proportional to enjoyment

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506 Reviews | 1002 Followers
95
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

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657 Reviews | 101 Followers
78
Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you like a musical with a very light plot using Buffet's songs very skillfully. A very fun show and very lighthearted. Great staging.

Don't see it if you like a musical with a deep plot or you do not like Buffet's music. Read more

605 Reviews | 226 Followers
72
Banal, Cliched, Fluffy, Insipid, Entertaining

See it if You’re a Buffet fan or just want to have a mindlessly fun night. If you go in with low expectations and have a few drinks, it’s pretty fun.

Don't see it if You’re going to hate it from the get-go & won’t even consider that maybe the creators weren’t trying to make a great show — just a fun one.

567 Reviews | 146 Followers
67
Fluffy, Entertaining, Disappointing

See it if Thin plot fitted to tropical getaway Jimmy Buffet jukebox musical. Enthusiastic lead engages devoted audience in familiar vacation tunes.

Don't see it if Buffet's appropriated calypso brand makes stamp on Broadway as obvious attempt to fill theatre's in his casino properties. One-hit jukebox?

508 Reviews | 56 Followers
70
Trite. broadway style

See it if You’re a Jimmy Buffet fan.

Don't see it if You want a musical with good story.

471 Reviews | 74 Followers
74
Great singing, Great choreography, Fun

See it if you liked Mama Mia or Jersey Boys. It's bright and shiny and fun. Nothing profound. Ending is predictable within 10 minutes, but it's fun.

Don't see it if you want a musical that has something to say.This is all froth and fun, no substance.Not really my cup of tea, but I'm not sorry I saw it.

449 Reviews | 116 Followers
69
Entertaining, Banal, Great singing, Mindless, Slick

See it if you are a Jimmy Buffett fan or want to vicariously enjoy a Caribbean vacation. The cast is very appealing.

Don't see it if you are looking for depth, nuance or sophistication.

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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Variety
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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