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Jimmy Buffett musical gets a name

June 27, 2016

The Jimmy Buffett musical that’s headed to La Jolla Playhouse next year now has an official title — and you will not be shocked to learn it involves a certain frosty beverage.

Producers Frank Marshall, Mindy Rich, Anita Waxman and Beth Williams announced today that the world-premiere musical will be called “Escape to Margaritaville.”

It’s a nod to the 1977 single that remains Buffett’s biggest hit (and it’s probably also confirmation, if we needed it, that the song will be in the show).

The producers also have announced the complete creative team for the production, which begins performances at the Playhouse May 16, 2017 (with an official opening May 28) and runs through June 25, 2017.

“Escape to Margaritaville” features an original story by co-writers Greg Garcia (“My Name is Earl”) and Mike O’Malley (“Survivor’s Remorse,” “Shameless”), and will be directed by Playhouse artistic chief and Broadway veteran Christopher Ashley.

The creative team also includes Kelly Devine (choreography), Walt Spangler (scenic design), Paul Tazewell (costumes), Howell Binkley (lighting) and Brian Ronan (sound).

Tazewell and Binkley, who worked on the theater’s recent world-premiere production of “Hollywood,” both won Tony Awards earlier this month for Broadway’s “Hamilton.”

As previously reported, the Buffett show will include both original songs and some of the singer-songwriter’s classic tunes.

The Playhouse describes it as “the story of a tropical island resort and its part-time bartender, part-time singer and full-time charmer who thinks he’s got life all figured out — until a beautiful, career-minded tourist steals his heart and makes him question everything.”

No casting has yet been announced.

Also as reported earlier: Tickets for “Escape to Margaritaville” will initially be available solely via 2017-18 season subscriptions, and right now the Playhouse is only selling subscriptions for its 2016-17 season.

Current subscribers, though, will have first right to renew for 2017-18. Call (858) 550-1070 or go to lajollaplayhouse.org for more info.

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