Theater: Escape to Margaritaville – National Tour

Opened: October 10, 2019

Book by: Greg Garcia & Mike O’Malley

Music & Lyrics by: Jimmy Buffett

Original National Tour Cast: Chris Clark, Sarah Hinrichsen, Shelly Lynn Walsh, Peter Michael Jordan, Rachel Lyn Fobbs, Patrick Cogan, Matthew James Sherrod, Sophie Braud, Noah Bridgestock, DeVon Buchanan, Anthony Cataldo, Chantelle Cognevich, Katie Davis, Nico DiPrimio, Fabian-Joubert Gallmeister, Diego Alejandro González, Bobby Hogan, Aimee Lane, Victoria Price, Trent Soyster, Emma Stricker, Jade Turner, Morgan Unger & Tyler Whitaker

For a little over two hours, Escape to Margaritaville packs in Jimmy Buffett’s hit songs alongside a mind-boggling plot that will make you question if you should’ve spent money on your tickets or just a trip to Key West yourself.

Career-minded Rachel (Sarah Hinrichsen) and her soon-to-be-married friend Tammy (Shelly Lynn Walsh) take a pre-wedding trip to the Margaritaville Hotel in the Caribbean. Rachel meets bar singer Tully Mars (Chris Clark) there and has a passionate love affair that proves to last longer than she’d anticipated.

If Buffet’s songs had flowed organically into the show, it might be a cute romantic comedy. However, writers Greg Garcia and Mike O’Malley need to force the story into different directions in order for a song to appear. You feel it happening and will find it cringeworthy.

Final say: You’ll be asking to escape. ★☆☆☆☆

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