Jimmy Buffett Songbook Will Get Broadway Jukebox Musical
Have you ever listened to a song that was so perfect you wished it was an actual place? Well, Jimmy Buffett did that with one of his best known hits “Margaritaville” turning the song into a well-known tourist chain around the world. Now, the place is about to be brought to life like never before as Margaritaville and the music of Jimmy Buffett come to life in a brand new musical for the stage. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that Jimmy Buffett’s songbook will soon be turned into a jukebox musical!
Producers Frank Marshall, Mindy Rich, Anita Waxman and Beth Williams have announced plans to turn Jimmy Buffett’s songbook and lifestyle into a brand new jukebox musical. The musical will feature an original story with Greg Garcia and Mike O’Malley slated to pen the musical’s book. The score will be composed of Buffett’s songbook featuring favorites such as “Margaritaville”, “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” and “Come Monday”. The musical, which remains untitled, is slated to debut in 2017 in a city and venue to be determined. Tony Award winner Christopher Ashley (Pictured Right) is slated to direct.
In a statement to the press, Buffett expressed his excitement to turn his work into a stage musical for all saying;
“The idea of turning ‘Margaritaville’ into a musical has been percolating for quite a while, but finding the right people to tell the right kind of story to go with the right songs from my catalogue took some time. Now we have found our crew and I am happy to sail with them to Margaritaville. It’s going to be a fun voyage.”
Jimmy Buffett (Pictured Left) is an American singer and songwriter best known for his music that expresses a lifestyle of island escape and other humorous things that have occurred to him. Over the course of his career, which began in the 1960’s, he has released over 30 albums with the most recent hitting the charts in 2013. Eight of these albums are considered gold while nine are considered platinum or multi-platinum. Despite his long career in music, Buffett’s first music award came just over a decade ago in 2003 when he was awarded the Country Music Award for Vocal Event of the Year for “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere”. Buffett turned Margaritaville into a real life chain setting up Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville with locations in many tourist destinations in countries such as United States, Mexico, Canada, Caribbean and Australia. The restaurant was featured in the 2015 Jurassic World film with Buffett himself making a brief cameo appearance.
Buffett’s venture into the world of theatre will not be his first. The writer worked for many years on an original musical titled Carnival, based on the novel Don’t Stop The Carnival. The musical had an out-of-town run in Miami in 1997 but never continued onto Broadway following that run. According to a statement from the producers, the new musical will pull from the albums License To Chill, Take The Weather With You, Havana Daydreamin’, Changes In Latitudes, Changes In Attitudes and many more.
One of the musical’s book writers, Greg Garcia, explained his excitement for the project and why the musical will truly be one of a kind saying;
“As lifelong Buffett fans Mike and I jumped at the opportunity to work together on this project. Buffett’s music means so much to so many people. It’s a lifestyle. A way of looking at the world. We hope to tap into what Jimmy has created and help bring that fun to the stage.”
As mentioned above, more details are still to be determined regarding the debut of the new Jimmy Buffett musical slated to hit the stage in 2017! Luner on Theatre will keep you updated as the musical makes progress, announce casting, a city and venue for its world premiere and so much more! We’re looking forward to this laid back bash set to hit the stage with some of the best known tunes in the music industry. (Please note; Unless a photo is noted to be taken by Luner on Theatre, we do not own/claim ownership for any photos used in this post.) In the meantime, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more!