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Jimmy Buffett talks about ‘Escape to Margaritaville’

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From ABC 7 in New York: “Jimmy Buffett’s ‘Escape to Margaritaville’ comes to Broadway

Jimmy Buffett has never won a Grammy Award, and he’s not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, so how come he’s richer than Bruce Springsteen? Some answers can be found at the Marquis Theatre, where we found him getting ready for the opening of his new musical.

Laid-back has rarely looked so good. The man making an “Escape to Margaritaville” has built a fortune by seeming like he doesn’t have a care in the world.

“The ability to have a little fun in life is necessary and even more so now,” Jimmy told me during final rehearsals of his new show.

“No, I did not,” he said. “I was just writing songs about people that I knew about and episodes in my own life.”

Buffett’s new Broadway show is but one small part of an empire. The musician is worth more than half a billion dollars, but the musical featuring his old tunes woven into a loose story is very close to his heart. Being on Broadway is one of his long held dreams.

“One of the cool things is walking to work down Broadway and being on Broadway, so to me, I still have to pinch myself to see that’s going to happen,” Buffet said. I asked him how that makes him feel and he replied, “You know I always love that Drifter’s song: ‘You know, the neon lights are bright on Broadway.’ I sing it coming down Broadway.”

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Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2018/02/23/27403/

Forbes Article on Escape To Margaritaville

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From Forbes: “After A Long Weekend, Jimmy Buffett Kicks Back On Broadway

Break out the cheeseburgers: Jimmy Buffett’s come to Broadway, and business is good.

The 71-year-old entrepreneur saw his long-gestating musical, Escape To Margaritaville, begin previews at the Marquis Theatre this weekend. It grossed nearly $400,000 off just two performances – not bad for a professed beach bum.

It’s got room to grow, though. Taking into account higher-than- average weekend prices, the show is primed to gross over $1 million next week, but not hit its listed potential. Word-of- mouth still needs to spread.

Jukebox musicals, even with a built-in fanbase like Buffett’s, are not that much safer than original properties on Broadway. Some are megahits like Jersey Boys or Beautiful, but plenty fail to turn a profit, including the Marquis’s last tenant, Gloria Estefan’s On Your Feet!.

But Buffett is not one to let a good business opportunity sink – he is, after all, worth about $550 million (a Forbes assessment backed up by recent, quietly savage profile in the New York Times). And according to one of his producers, the theater bar is already setting records for intermission drink sales. Wasting away, indeed.

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Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2018/02/22/27400/

Buffett adds three shows to the SOASOAS tour

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Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band added three shows to the 2018 Son of a Son of a Sailor Tour.

May 19 2018 – Sprint Center – Kansas City, MO
Tickets go on sale March 2nd

May 22 2018 – Wells Fargo Arena – Des Moines, IA
Tickets go on sale March 2nd

June 23 2018 – Key Arena – Seattle, WA
Tickets go on sale March 2nd

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Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2018/02/21/27394/

Video of Jimmy Buffett on CBS News Sunday Morning

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From CBS News Sunday Morning: “Jimmy Buffett and “Margaritaville” come to Broadway

From Tracy Smith: “You might say the newest musical on Broadway feels like an old friend. This is Jimmy Buffett’s “Escape to Margaritaville.”

You won’t see Jimmy on stage, but every song is his. Feel free to sing along!

Smith said, “Broadway is a big gamble. You don’t have to do this; you’re rather comfortable, I would say. Why stick your neck out?”

“‘Cause for me it’s the challenge of doing it,” Buffett replied. “I’ve always wanted to do it. You know, one of my favorite songs was always The Drifters — They say the neon lights are bright on Broadway. I sing it every time I walk down here to work.

“And I think about my mother and when she would drag me to musicals, you know, when I was a kid. It’s more about for her. I wish she was here to see this, but she’s the one that set me on this path. So, I figure I gotta do it!”

This is a jukebox musical: Of the 27 songs in the show, only two are actually new. The rest, like “License to Chill,” are proven crowd-pleasers.

“Most of the songs people have heard,” Buffett said. “It’s not like we’re waiting to see if they’re good or not. We’re kind of OK, right? We don’t want to go in there and do what they don’t know!”

Smith asked, “Do you think there would be a Jimmy Buffett if there wasn’t a New Orleans?”

“That’s a very interesting question. I don’t think there ever would have been. I could have gotten a job going South, probably would have had a bar in the British Virgin Islands and singing there,” he replied. “But those years being here really were formative years for me. And it made me a better professional player, so that I thought I could make that leap and all of that. This was my training ground for all of that.”

For Buffett, a married father of three, it’s been a long voyage, and not always an easy one.

When asked what was the biggest storm he’s weathered, he replied, “Wow. There was a point — I think it’s a year or two-year period — where I lost my mom, my dad, Ed Bradley, one of my best friends. But I have to think that, what would they want me to do? And all I can think of is continue doing what I’m doing.”

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Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2018/02/18/27391/

Jimmy Buffett to appear on CBS Sunday Morning show

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Jimmy Buffett will be appearing on the CBS Sunday Morning Show today at 9:00 AM ET to discuss his musical “Escape to Margaritaville”.

Take a trip to paradise with longtime resident Jimmy Buffett and our Tracy Smith CBS News for a sneak peek at Escape to Margaritaville: The Musical which is bringing the tequila shots to Broadway.

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Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2018/02/18/27387/

Jimmy Buffett to appear on the Today Show

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Jimmy Buffett will be making an appearance on the Today Show (NBC) on Thursday March 1st between 7:00 – 9:00 a.m. ET, and also during the 10:00 a.m. hour. He is scheduled to perform and discuss his musical “Escape to Margaritaville”.

He last appeared on the Today Show on Sept 29, 2017 to talk about “Escape to Margaritaville” heading to Broadway.

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Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2018/02/17/27382/

Three Shows added to 2018 SOASOAS Tour

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Three shows have been added to Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band’ Son of a Son of a Sailor 2018 Tour

May 24, 2018 – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center – Noblesville, IN
May 27, 2018 – Blossom Music Center – Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Jul 10, 2018 – Riverbend Music Center – Cincinnati, OH

All three shows go on sale February 23rd via TicketMaster

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Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2018/02/15/27376/

Hollywood Reporter interview with Buffett and Frank Marshall

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From the Hollywood Reporter: “Producer Frank Marshall Talks Helping to Bring Jimmy Buffett’s ‘Margaritaville’ to Broadway

“I like to put him in a movie once in a while,” says Frank Marshall of Jimmy Buffett, who has uncredited cameos in both Jurassic World movies, including June’s Fallen Kingdom. “And he puts me onstage once in a while at his concerts. But we’ve never put our heads together and created something from scratch until now.” What the longtime pals, both 71, have created is Escape to Margaritaville, a musical centered on Buffett’s oeuvre — and the beach-bum lifestyle he trademarked (literally, with his empire of restaurants, products, even retirement communities) — that starts Broadway previews Feb. 16. Not only did their friendship survive the five-year journey to create the show, but “we had a blast doing it,” says Marshall.

The two met 38 years ago at Harrison Ford’s New Year’s Eve party in Aspen, Colorado, where Buffett was performing. They bonded over sailing, sports and guitars. “Frank is a student of the guitar,” says Buffett. “He can play ‘Margaritaville’ pretty well. So if I go down …”

“I’m kinda like the stand-in?” Marshall says.

“Well,” says Buffett, “for that song. The rest of ’em … no.”

“Who ever knew there was going to be a real Margaritaville?” Buffett says, eying a couple of wayward beach balls rolling around the Marquis mezzanine. “I didn’t write the song ever thinking it was gonna be a place you would live.”

Buffett is also blocking out the noise. “I’ve never won a Grammy. I’m not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,” says the five-decade rock fixture, who Forbes estimates is worth $550 million. Still one of the industry’s top concert draws, it took him 30 years to land his first and only No. 1 album (2004’s License to Chill). He’d love to see his show recognized at the Tony Awards, “but it’s not what I’m out here to do,” he says with a grin. “We’re just a hard-workin’ band. It was always more important to us to have a loyal fan base. It all goes back to: We’re making a show that’s fun — and God knows we need a little fun in the world today.”

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Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2018/02/15/27373/

Buffett to play Fenway Park on August 9th

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Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band
Aug 9, 2018 – Fenway Park – Boston, MA
Son of a Son of a Sailor 2018 Tour
Special Guest Huey Lewis The News
Tickets go on sale Friday, February 23rd.
https://www.mlb.com/redsox/tickets/concerts/jimmy-buffett

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Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2018/02/14/27367/

Escape To Margaritaville Cast Recording

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Escape To Margaritaville Original Broadway Cast Recording” is now available at Amazon.com.

Original Broadway Cast Recording of Escape to Margaritaville, the new musical, features the songs of iconic singer-songwriter-author Jimmy Buffett. Recorded in Chicago, the album will be released on Friday, February 16, 2018, the morning of the show’s first Broadway performance.

The Escape to Margaritaville Cast Recording is produced by Mailboat Records, Mike Utley, Mac McAnally, and Christopher Jahnke.

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