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The Reviews for ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE are In…

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Photo by Sara Krulwich/The New York Times

Jimmy Buffett’s Escape to Margaritaville is open on Broadway, and this new jukebox musical doesn’t sip champagne on opening night – it slugs frozen margaritas. With tiki hut lobby design (complete with frozen and on-the-rocks margaritas) and “colorful” and care-free music and characters, the production invites you to check your stresses – and your brain – at the door. If you’re a lifelong Buffett fan, or a beach bum lost in NYC, or just having a really crappy week and in need of a mental staycation, this show might be great for you. If you go to Broadway for interesting stories, powerful themes, and developed characters, this show might be hell for you. Put it this way, it’s more on-brand for Buffett than it is for Broadway… and that’s just fine. For some people.

NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE

If ever there were a time to be drunk in the theater, this is it. And the good news is that “Escape to Margaritaville,” the Jimmy Buffett jukebox musical that opened on Thursday, makes getting sloshed on Broadway easier than ever. The lobby at the Marquis Theater has been kitted out as an island-style thatched-hut alcohol fueling station, complete with margaritas for $12 (on the rocks) or $16 (frozen), as well as bottle openers, koozies and other drink-oriented paraphernalia. The bad news is that you still have to see the show…
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HOLLYWOOD REPORTER REVIEW OF ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE

Here’s a quick test to determine if you’re the target audience for the new musical based on the songs of Jimmy Buffett. If you’re immediately able to add the words “and screw” to the song title “Why Don’t We Get Drunk” then it’s a pretty safe bet you’ll enjoy Escape to Margaritaville. That a fairly large percentage of…
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NEW YORK DAILY NEWS REVIEW OF ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE

Of course Jimmy Buffett’s new Broadway jukebox musical “Escape to Margaritaville” comes with a lost shaker of salt. But what’s with the sparkly zombie kickline, fat-shaming fiancé and so-called super potato that can power appliances? Somebody’s had too many margaritas. But so it goes in this musical that may fit the bill if you…
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ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY REVIEW OF ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE

Is it possible to make Jimmy Buffett music both sexy and funny in 2018? That’s apparently the goal of Escape to Margaritaville, a new musical featuring his hits that opens on Broadway at the Marquis Theatre on Thursday night. Unless you’ve never been in a dive bar and Instagram accounts for the majority of your cultural…

 

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