Jimmy Buffett Musical to Premiere in La Jolla

The production debuts on May 16, 2017, at the La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego

The Jimmy Buffett musical making its world premiere this year in California will make stops in New Orleans, Houston and Chicago before docking on Broadway.

"Escape to Margaritaville," combining Buffett's tunes with an original story by writers Greg Garcia and Mike O'Malley, will start grooving onstage in May 2017 at La Jolla Playhouse.

It then goes to New Orleans from Oct. 20-28, Houston from Oct. 31-Nov. 5 and Chicago from Nov. 9-Dec. 3. It hopes to reach Broadway by spring of 2018.

Buffett has written such beach-bum classics as "A Pirate Looks at Forty," `'Margaritaville," `'Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes" and "Cheeseburger in Paradise."

The new musical is described "as the story of a part-time singer, part-time bartender, and fulltime good ol' boy named Tully who suddenly finds himself in uncharted territory -- falling in love with a beautiful, career-minded tourist."

La Jolla Playhouse has been home to many big shows, including the musicals "Jersey Boys," "Thoroughly Modern Millie," "Cry-Baby," "Bonnie & Clyde" and "Hands on a Hardbody."

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