Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Fluffy, Delightful

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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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. Directed by Tony Award winner Christopher Ashley ('Come From Away,' 'Memphis').


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60
Variety

"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." Full Review

80
BroadwayWorld

"Fans of the Mississippi-born singer/songwriter known for carefree Caribbean-inspired melodies should have a swell time...Pleasantly diverting mindless fun, full of good humor, colorful surroundings and some terrifically engaging performances...Calling it an original story might be overly generous. Let's just say innovation is not the intention here...A sunny, funny excursion. Check your brain at the door, get a refill in your sippy cup and go have a blast." Full Review

70
Time Out New York

"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.” Full Review

70
The Hollywood Reporter

“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.” Full Review

35
The New York Times

"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." Full Review

60
Theatermania

"No amount of brightly colored outfits can disguise these structural defects — but then Nolan sings ‘Son of a Son of a Sailor’ and a few sins are forgiven. He's appealing as our quasi Jimmy Buffett...but book scenes quickly become frustrating…Lisa Howard has far more to offer, as do so many of these Broadway islanders…Every once in a while you get a glimmer of what each of them can do, but ultimately you can't help but feel they're all wasting away in Margaritaville." Full Review

40
Lighting & Sound America

"Designed strictly as a package tour for Jimmy Buffett fans – aka Parrotheads...They can rest assured that the song list retains all their favorites...Even with some retooling and new additions, the score can't bear the twin burdens of storytelling and character illumination...This is basically a greatest hits collection in search of a musical...The book combines tired gags with a trio of pro forma romances...The jokes will have you wondering exactly what the writers were smoking." Full Review

50
The Guardian (UK)

"As charming and lazy as a beachside siesta…The performers, directed with good humor and reasonable efficiency by Christopher Ashley, are mostly winning…Still, there’s only so much they can do with the material. The book is by TV writers Greg Garcia and Mike O’Malley, and its distinguishing feature is a punishing literalism…Buffett’s music, with its sea salt twang and working-for-the-weekend heart, has wide appeal. Well, somewhat wide." Full Review

65
DC Theatre Scene

"It largely delivers; all it asks of you in return is that you put your brain on hold. ‘Escape to Margaritaville’ features a fine cast…Some of the numbers are more successful than others, but all soar above a plot that veers between predictable and preposterous, and jokey dialogue that ranges from corny to lame…The songs that work best are the quiet ones…With the exception of Buffett’s signature song, ‘Margaritaville,’ the big numbers don’t fare as well." Full Review

45
Theatre's Leiter Side

"Buffet fans will enjoy the buffet of the singer's enormously popular songbook…They'd have to be zonked out on multiple margaritas, though, not to groan at…Garcia and O'Malley's banal book, clichéd characters, and hoary humor…The good jokes have escaped from Margaritaville…There are very few surprises in this high-energy show…Buffet's familiar songs…barely provide enough stimulation to keep your brain functioning for the show's overlong two-hour and 20 minutes." Full Review

40
The Wall Street Journal

"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.” Full Review

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AM New York

"With better handling, the show may have become the 'Cheeseburger in Paradise' that it desires to be — a cheesy, kitschy, escapist, feel-good jukebox musical...The cast is populated by bright and likable young performers, though their performances tend to be broad and bland. Its romantic comedy storyline cannot manage even the most minimal amount of plot and character development necessary...The attempts at humor are labored and embarrassing." Full Review

85
New York Stage Review

"You're guaranteed to get everything you hoped for from the production, a slam-bang success sure to keep the adored singer-songwriter in Margaritas for some time to come...Ashley proves his prowess...Definitely a Tony nominee in this season...Laidback and kickbacked as 'Escape to Margaritaville' is, it's vigorously up-to-date on the Time's Up agenda. A late storyline twist works forcefully as a bow to women today who want to make it on their own before tying any knot." Full Review

65
Front Row Center

"Though Buffett has made a career out of embracing a take-it-easy lifestyle, his musical is nothing if not a lesson in the importance of possessing a strong work ethic...Scenes are arranged sloppily and outcomes are predictable from the get go...For those unfamiliar with the Buffet songbook, be prepared for lyrics that range from wise to the terribly rhymed. Ashley speeds things along to a rushed ending while Devine’s choreography is lively if not especially inspired." Full Review

55
Times Square Chronicles

"Unfortunately, this show did not appeal to me for several reasons. The script is so banal that it makes 'Sponge Bob Square Pants' look college level...The actors are talented and sing exceedingly well. Paul Alexander Nolan and Alison Luff exude chemistry and though the plot line doesn’t make sense, they do...Ashley keeps the action flowing, which isn’t exactly easy considering the whole show is literally built around Buffet’s lyrics." Full Review

70
Chicago Tribune

"If you can swallow the premise, you'll find some lines that land, and some clunkers that make you sink deeper into your seat. You will find some comedic and counterintuitive arrangements and placements of the Buffett songs...You will note great similarities with 'Mamma Mia!'...But you also will find genuine heart and — most important of all — you will be at the rare Broadway show that is genuinely interested in what Middle America enjoys." Full Review

55
New York Daily News

"May fit the bill if you’re in the mood for a breezy but dopey diversion…Shoehorning songs into a plot ‘Mamma Mia’-style doesn’t exactly accentuate Buffett tunes that already tell tales of their own. And the weak and weird book doesn’t help matters…A show one wishes was more fun. A saving grace is the cast, which makes the most of the material. Another is the batch of Buffett songs, easygoing ear candy — although hard-driving Broadway belts can work against the style.” Full Review

76
Front Mezz Junkies

"With a super talented cast of great singers and energetic talented dancers, 'Escape to Margaritaville' frolics onto Broadway with a sun-kissed smile and a happy easy going song...Doesn't intend to go too deep in any way, shape, or form. The show is light as a Corona...There are odd bits and pieces here and there...left for us to try to sort out and make sense of...Some clever bits of action and dialogue...You do walk out though, sun-drenched and feeling good." Full Review

70
Gotham Playgoer

"A collage of 29 Buffett songs strung together by a simplistic, thoroughly predictable book...The integration of the lyrics and the action ranges from clever to clunky...The songs became a blur long before reaching #29. The saving grace is that they are performed by an attractive, talented cast...Ashley has included a few nice touches that include flying effects and dancing clouds...A shorter version would be perfect as cruise ship entertainment." Full Review

75
Talkin' Broadway

"Talented and ebullient cast, headed up by a charismatic Nolan...Generally stick with the rom-com formula while finding ways to shape as much action around the lyrics to Buffett's songs....Little point to look for any depth...Some care has been taken in depicting the women as being confident and comfortable with themselves...Ashley and the entire company...want nothing more than to have us...enjoy the tunes, and accept that it's all just a 'License to Chill'." Full Review

40
The Wrap

"A musical for theatergoers who want to feel good about getting drunk and overeating...Garcia and O'Malley achieve true Broadway history by having Tully go from a beach bum to a Grammy-winning artist in 10 minutes of stage time...Director Christopher Ashley and choreographer Kelly Devine bring that same peppy bounce to a musical about alcoholism that they brought to a musical about 9/11." Full Review

75
CitiTour

"It does a surprisingly good job at elevating your mood for two-and-half-hours. Much of the credit belongs to director Christopher Ashley, who stages the proceedings with enough verve that they go down as smoothly as a certain frozen drink; a truly appealing cast; and a self-aware, modestly involving book...I do wish the show had jettisoned a few of Buffet’s songs in favor of letting choreographer Kelly Devine and her talented ensemble shine." Full Review

80
Wolf Entertainment Guide

"The book wouldn’t win any prize for sophistication, but it is constructed to work as a showcase for Buffet’s music and lyrics, and that’s the point of it all. How you respond to the show may have a good deal to do with how you react to Buffet’s numbers, which in his pop-folk style tend to affably stress fun in life...Fortunately, an excellent cast is there to embody the Buffet spirit...A lot of plot to accommodate—but it works to highlight the barrage of Buffet songs." Full Review

60
Broadway & Me

"A hard-working 20-member ensemble. Most of the action, including a threatened volcano eruption, is dictated by titles and lyrics to Buffet's most popular songs...They're mainly the kind of catchy tunes that get people swaying in their seats and director Christopher Ashley does everything he can to keep the party mood going. But your enjoyment of the show is probably going to be determined by how big a fan you are of Buffet's music." Full Review

80
NY1

"The show is cleverly built around more than two dozen songs...It nicely captures Buffett's signature style - that laid back, tropical vibe...Exuberantly transports audiences on a satisfying high from start to finish...The story breezes along with snappy humor and even manages to get a little deep...The cast is ideal...As predictable as they come, but Ashley's lively staging makes it all go down quite smoothly. Much like the margaritas for sale in the theatre, it's equal parts sweet, tart and... Full Review

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60
Banal, Cliched, Insipid, Overrated, Dated

See it if you like getting drunk on margaritas, you're of the generation that wears hawaiian shirts in the winter and is PROUD

Don't see it if you are too young/not of the inclination to drink, you like shows with a legitimate & decent plot, you can't stand truly senseless grandeur

60
Disappointing, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if You are a Parrot Head and don’t want to miss this once-in-a-lifetime shot of seeing Jimmy Buffet’s songs on stage.

Don't see it if You scrutinize the theatre you see or want a thought-provoking show.

72
Quirky, Entertaining, Great staging, Fluffy

See it if you enjoy Jimmy Buffet's music and you want to see a lighthearted, fun musical

Don't see it if you want something thought provoking or something with a lot of heart and meaning. This is mostly just a fun and entertaining show

78
Delightful, Refreshing, Cliched, Great singing, Great choreography

See it if you just want a fun, turn-your-brain-off musical, or you're a Buffet fan. It's a fluffy musical you can take your parents & kids to.

Don't see it if you hate jukebox musicals, or want something profound and mind-blowing. If suspension of disbelief isn't your thing, neither is this.

Also I truly had no desire to see this, but I was delightfully surprised by... Read more Read less

87
Clever, Enchanting, Quirky, Refreshing, Romantic

See it if you don't like juke-box musicals but in this one, the songs fit with the witty and sweet story with a moral. Costumes are beautiful.

Don't see it if you want profound drama or have no sense of fun

67
Indulgent, Disappointing, Dated

See it if You love Jimmy Buffet songs so much that it forgives the insipid predictable story line. You want to see a musical with Broadway talent.

Don't see it if You want anything of substance. Even the Buffet songs are chopped and changed. See SpongeBob instead!!

65
Banal, Disappointing, Cliched, Fluffy, Cute staging

See it if you're a JB fan and don't mind having beach balls thrown at your head.

Don't see it if you DO mind beach balls thrown at your head, & you'd rather SEE the show & not sit among people who think they're actually at a concert.

Also i guess i wasn't prepared for the kind of audience this show attracts,... Read more Read less

69
Entertaining, Corny, Cliché, Groupie heaven

See it if You know and love Jimmy Buffett catalogue, can sit thru mindless energetic music

Don't see it if you are excepting anything deep, while the singing is good the story is sooooo Cliché Filled

Also Spoiler ALERT - is the release of beach balls at the curtain call a th... Read more Read less

70
Raunchy, Cliched, Entertaining, Fluffy, 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

75
Funny, Cliched, Entertaining, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if Light,fluffy musical that reminds me of the classic Elvis movies{Blue Hawaii,etc} Score of Buffett songs sung beautifully by talented leads

Don't see it if You are not a fan of Buffett's songs,slim plot,cheesy sets.

70
Quirky, Indulgent, Cliched, Charming, Fluffy

See it if Jimmy Buffett music catalog set to a play entices you. Charming romantic plot that involves a volcano and Buffett songs.

Don't see it if Juke box musicals turn you off.

85
Funny, Delightful, Refreshing, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if You just want a fun easy show

Don't see it if You don't like quirky funny silly shows

88
Funny, Clever, Refreshing, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You want a fun show, with great singing and a fun Jimmy Buffet soundtrack. You enjoy a love story.

Don't see it if You don’t like tropical themes or Jimmy Buffett’s music. You want something intense or dramatic. This is lighthearted fun.

40
Insipid, Fluffy

See it if you are passionate about Jimmy Buffet music, or are trying to see every single show that's ever on Broadway

Don't see it if you are an intelligent person. The jokes are DUMB and the music is exactly what you think it is.

Also The hardest I laughed was at the first sung line - a guy on a dock sin... Read more Read less

74
Fun, Great singing, Great choreography

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.

81
Clever, Entertaining, Fun

See it if you love Jimmy Buffet, his brand and songs, alcoholic drinks, or jukebox musicals. Or show where you can sit back and relax

Don't see it if you expect it to be anything beisdes the Jimmy Buffet jukebox musical

93
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if you just want to let go, for a bit, and have some mindless fun. Music , dancing, joy.

Don't see it if you are looking for a solid , dramatic storyline.

65
Indulgent, Cliched, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if you want a fun, mindless time at the theater. But follow the advice of the Times: DRINK FIRST.

Don't see it if you want a show with substance or that is well written.

Also Yes, this is a bad show. I don't think anyone will argue with that. Bu... Read more Read less

75
Funny, Quirky, Entertaining, Corny, Bad sound system

See it if you enjoy some mindless fun mixed with good humor, fan of Jimmy Buffett’s music or if you want to escape & pretend to be at a beach resort.

Don't see it if you don’t like corny predictable romcom, Jimmy Buffett’s music, or only enjoy thought provoking theatre with quiet, less excitable audience.

Also The story line was definitely predictable and definitely corny, but I ... Read more Read less

60
Disappointing, Talented cast, Great singing & dancing

See it if if you're a Buffet fan or looking for a Broadway jukebox spectacle for visitors of all ages & nationalities.

Don't see it if You appreciate good theater-whether musicals or dramas. Don't waste your time if just curious.

78
Funny, Romantic, Great singing, Great staging, Fluffy

See it if you enjoy the occasional drink and party

Don't see it if you're looking for something deep, this is the shallow end but it's fun

82
Funny, Delightful, Quirky, Indulgent

See it if If you just want to have fun and like shows that don’t take themselves seriously - think adult sponge bob

Don't see it if If you want the story to make sense. If you don’t like Jimmy Buffet songs and want a serious evening at the theatre

78
Awesome jimmy buffett surprise appearance, Simplistic plot, High energy talented cast, Outright hedonistic debauchery, Corny in an indescribable way

See it if you're open to a relaxing, decadent, mindless, silly musical based on Jimmy Buffett's songs around which a so-called plot evolves. Lively !

Don't see it if you can't put your mind on hold and enjoy a low-brow, hokey, simplistic decadence that's really a jukebox musical of Jimmy Buffet songs.

Also I can't believe that I'm rating this show as high as I am especially s... Read more Read less

90
Funny, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You can avoid negative reviews and go to enjoy a night of fun and delight. Escape from daily stress

Don't see it if You want to see a serious musical. This one is a visit to an Island. Kinda like Club Med.

65
Excellent cast., Banal story with few surprises, Expected fluffiness, Uninspired dancing

See it if The title and marketing appeal to you. It is what you get. No false promises. No need to think or work hard. You are on vacation!

Don't see it if You have any doubt its for you--if you doubt? you are right--stay home.

Also The first act was at times hard to attend. I have minimal connection t... Read more Read less


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