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New York | 2h 15m | Already closed

Escape to Margaritaville

From 53 critic and 537 member reviews
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. More…

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').

2h 15m | Already closed | Marquis Theatre (Midtown W)

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

Theatre Reviews Limited

"May just be the ticket to remedy the effects of the constant cynical behavioral bombs that seem to be dropped on us every day by those lofty politicians...Laid back music...Brought to you by a cast of vocal powerhouses...A journey filled with senseless situations, silly dialogue, and storybook romance, all connected by the lyrics that serve this perpetual beach party...An old fashioned, frivolous, romantic musical comedy...An absolute pleasure to hear and watch." Full Review

Broadway News

“This is a cleverly crafted production, honestly done within its own convention and fun to watch…While a sitcom sensibility could run the risk of translating into a formulaic musical, the opposite proves true here…Nolan is so effortless, authentic and winning in this part that he is well nigh irresistible...‘Margaritaville’ is made up of a seriously talented rainbow of performers...‘Margaritaville’s’ seeming freshness and lack of cynicism…is remarkable...One fine time.” Full Review


"A great big confection, so cleverly manufactured...so tricked out with the ever present 100 proof Jimmy Buffett songs, that it's all but irresistible...A fabulous company...Garcia and O'Malley have enlivened the show with enough one liners to get from one Buffett song to the next painlessly...A volcano that blows up, a buried treasure...All expertly expertly done. Oh, and...A great tap dancing show stopper. Which makes no sense but by then you are under the Jimmy Buffett spell." Full Review


"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

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


"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

DC Metro Theater Arts

“A predictably sunny two-and-a-half-hour getaway for Parrotheads…For anyone else who needs a short and silly respite from the demands of life and a troubled world, just let loose and enjoy the show…The actors are all top-notch, as they bring Buffett’s vibrant songs to life with their humorous characterizations and powerful vocals...Everything you’d expect it to be, so grab a margarita, or two, chill out, and enjoy the music and the mood…A lot of goofy fun.” Full Review


“The delightful, energetic frothy drink of a show is exactly what you’d expect given its inspiration — a predictable romantic comedy that celebrates the music written and/or performed by the renowned singer who’s turned his laid-back island sound into a serious corporate empire…Buffett fans, of course, are out in force…But everyone else will quickly get into the island vibe and have a great time, as long as they don’t expect too much." Full Review

Journal Inquirer

"If you don’t like his music, you will not like this show. But if you do like his music, and you are familiar with his songs, you will very likely love this show...A laughable cheesefest. It’s cute and totally benign, but Garcia and O’Malley’s script, along with Ashley’s direction, makes it work amazingly well. Not since 'Mamma Mia' has there been a jukebox musical that so successfully incorporates the songs into the plot and uses them to progress the narrative." Full Review

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


"Which brings me to 'Escape to Margaritaville,' the new jukebox musical at the Marquis Theatre. It is also a silly, empty-headed, yet entertaining musical tethered to the well-known songs of Jimmy Buffett, a fact which means it will probably run quite a while just on the strength of the Buffett fans-otherwise known as Parrot Heads." Full Review

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


"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


"A curious gumbo of music, dance, and storytelling that will undoubtedly bring smiles to some, and shrugs to others...If the story sounds corny, it is. But the cliche gains oomph, thanks to the terrific cast...What makes this piece hum are the songs spiced with island magic...Nolan and Luff are the aces here. Not only are they both triple-threats, but they exude that elusive thing called 'good chemistry' on stage...No question that the ideal audience for the show is Parrotheads." Full Review

Theater Pizzazz

"Garcia and O’Malley’s storyline derives from (almost too literally at times) and blends nicely with the songs. However, their in-between banter is painfully corny…The formulaic storyline is merely incidental, a vehicle for delivering the show’s 27 songs. Mostly it works...What’s real here is the Broadway 'oomph' that director Christopher Ashley and choreographer Kelly Devine bring to it. The superb acting, singing, and grand show numbers are what really make the production." Full Review

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

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

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

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


"This is a delightful two and a half hours, a paean to cargo shorts and day drinking that avoids nearly all the pitfalls of the genre." Full Review

Entertainment Weekly

"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.” Full Review

New York Post

"Cheaper than a week at Club Med and just as mentally stimulating…A flimsy hammock of a story...Some of his new songs fall flat…Directed by Christopher Ashley, ‘Escape to Margaritaville’ meanders along, pleasantly enough. Its appeal may last only as long as there are Parrotheads around to see it, but it helps that the show’s so well cast and sung. Nolan is a lovely leading man…You could do worse than waste away a couple of hours in ‘Margaritaville.’” Full Review

Cabaret Scenes

"While the music is catchy, 'Escape to Margaritaville' is actually more silly than fun with a ho-hum romance and a stage full of cardboard characters. As for plot, you see it coming even before the first sip...Straight-laced Luff and freewheeling Nolan are likeable romantic leads...'Escape to Margaritaville' is fluff and fun with no delving into themes and motives. If your mood, however, is a 'License to Chill,' the production works, especially with a margarita." Full Review

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

Great acting, Must see, Hilarious, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You like music of Jimmy Buffett, shows that make you laugh, like spending your money on tickets for a show that is totally worth every penny

Don't see it if You don't like music of Jimmy Buffett, comedy in a show or happy endings

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Edgy, Great acting, Must see, Entertaining, Great singing

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

Funny, Must see, Romantic, Entertaining

See it if Great musical score.

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

Funny, Clever, Delightful, Romantic, Entertaining

See it if A fun evening. You don’t have to know any of the music before hand to enjoy this show. Extremely delightful!

Don't see it if Someone who does not like musicals or someone who wants a more involved storyline

Funny, Delightful, Must see, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if Very uplifting and enjoyable!!!

Don't see it if I think everyone would like it!!

Enchanting, Must see, Entertaining

See it if You like a lively show with wonderful Jimmy Buffet songs.

Don't see it if You don't like a lively musical with a whimsical story.

Funny, Delightful, Refreshing, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You love Jimmy Buffet, want to laugh, need a vacation, but can't get away.

Don't see it if You are looking for a drama

Funny, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if if you like Jimmy Buffet you will love how they wrapped his songs around this cute story - be ready to sing along with the cast.

Don't see it if if you dont like Jimmy Buffet then stay home.

Funny, Enchanting, Exquisite, Great acting, Entertaining

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

Don't see it if IF you dont like musicals

Also Good story and lots of fun Go see this play You wont be disappointed

Funny, Delightful, Must see, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if Have a fun night out and want to enjoy singing and dancing. Light and airy.

Don't see it if Don't like musicals.

Funny, Delightful, Entertaining

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

Don't see it if you like more serious performances

Funny, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, 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.

Also Hey. Reviewing this show as a Buffet lover. This is a clever story wea... Read more Read less

Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if You've been to Key West and if you haven't, you will be thoroughly entertained. Audience dancing and singing in their seats.

Don't see it if you like sad or boring shows

Clever, Delightful, Refreshing, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You love Jimmy Buffet's music, and you enjoy musical theater that is just fun and escapist and will make you feel happy and sing along!

Don't see it if You dislike Jimmy Buffet, or are a "theater snob" who thinks only Shakespeare, old-fashioned musicals, or depressing shows are worth seeing.

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Pure joy, Lots of fun, Smiled the entire show, Parrothead holiday, See again!

See it if If your a parrothead, love to have fun, or want to see a show that keeps a smile on your face, SEE THIS!

Don't see it if If you don't like to have fun

Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Refreshing, Great singing

See it if You like feelgood shows, you like Jimmy Buffett, you don't mind an island feel.

Don't see it if You want original broadway music, you want a serious show, you don't want a feelgood show, you don't like jimmy buffett.

Funny, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You want to see a show that makes you forget your cares and has entertaining songs.

Don't see it if You prefer a more serious, non-escapist theater experience.

Funny, Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if - You like/love/live Jimmy Buffet songs - You want a fun night of entertainment - You want to see "La La Land" with a happier ending

Don't see it if - You don't like (mostly) upbeat music - You are looking for a deep, insightful plot - You dislike shows that at times ask for participation

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Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if see also

Don't see it if see also

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Funny, Delightful, 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

Delightful, Charming, Great singing, Great staging, Loveable

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.

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Funny, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting

See it if you love jimmy buffet

Don't see it if u hate jimmy buffet

Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you want a fun show. I liked the first half more than the 2nd, but still was a good show to put you in a good mood. Sad this is closing.

Don't see it if you don't like musicals. I knew a few of the songs, but still really enjoyed this production. The story is a bit far fetched.

Also Overall the show was really good, had a little bit of everything. Grea... Read more Read less

Delightful, Must see, Hilarious, Great singing

See it if You enjoy Buffet music and fun, lighthearted stories.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy simple shows or Buffet music.

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.

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