Jimmy Buffett, who transitioned almost 40 years ago from soulful country folkie into the quintessential voice of college-age partiers with hits including “Margaritaville” and “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” has announced another seismic shift in the universe of “Parrotheads” — his cultlike legion of avid fans.
Buffett revealed that a new musical based on his songs and his lifestyle is in development. Producers Frank Marshall, Mindy Rich, Anita Waxman and Beth Williams are creating the production, with an original story by co-book writers Greg Garcia and Mike O’Malley. Tony Award nominee Christopher Ashley will direct.
The stage production is expected to premiere in 2017.
“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,” Buffett said. “Now we have found our crew and I am happy to sail with them to Margaritaville. It’s going to be a fun voyage.”
Garcia added: “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.”
Said Ashley: “Working on this project is like being invited to the best party ever. Not only is his song catalogue a treasure trove, but we also have his unique spirit to draw upon for inspiration.”