Jimmy Buffett isn't a name that you often think of as synonymous with Broadway, but this year that might all change. Buffett's musical comedy, "Escape to Margaritaville," has found itself in the running for a 2018 Tony Award. Buffett's musical, based on his decades of original music, debuted last year at the La Jolla Playhouse, before making the rounds on tour and landing in New York City. Attendees can kick back and pretend their feet are in warm water with umbrella drink in hand, enjoying the kettledrum and classic Buffett tunes.
"Escape to Margaritaville" is actually not Buffett's first foray into Broadway: he is listed as a producer on both the musicals "Doctor Zhivago" and "Big Fish." For"Escape to Margaritaville," Buffett has teamed up with director Christopher Ashley, recipient of a Tony Award from last season, Tony Award-nominated choreographer Kelly Devine, and writers Emmy Award winner Greg Garcia and Emmy Award nominee Mike O'Malley. Though the show only debuted on Broadway in March, the Tony buzz is already strong around the production, which offers a feel-good getaway after a long, cold winter.
If you can't make it out to Broadway to catch the musical, you can see Jimmy Buffett himself on tour currently with his Coral Reefer Band. They have dates scheduled in Kansas City on May 19, Salt Lake City on Oct. 17, and Las Vegas with Huey Lewis & The News on Oct. 20. Whichever way you get your Jimmy Buffett fix, it's sure to be a good time.