As the Jimmy Buffet-inspired jukebox musical Escape to Margaritaville prepares to head out on a National Tour this fall, producers have just announced the cast. Taking part in this theatrical part will be Chris Clark as Tully, Sarah Hinrichsen as Rachel, Shelly Lynn Walsh as Tammy, Peter Michael Jordan as Brick, Rachel Lyn Fobbs as Marley, Patrick Cogan as J.D. and Matthew James Sherrod as Jamal/Ted.
The company will also include 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 and Tyler Whitaker.
Launching in Providence, Rhode Island at the Providence Performing Arts Center in September 29, 2019, Escape to Margaritaville, the tour is poised to visit cities all over North America including Washington, DC, St. Louis, Orlando, Ft. Lauderdale, Denver, Las Vegas, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Durham, Dallas, Fort Worth, Costa Mesa, and Los Angeles. Director Amy Anderson Corcoran will direct the tour, inspired by the work of Christopher Ashley who helmed the Broadway production. Kelly Devine will choreograph. Orchestrations are by Michael Utley.
Escape to Margaritaville features a book by Greg Carcia and Mike O’Malley. The score draws on the canon of hits written and performed by Jimmy Buffet over his long career as a music icon. Among the tunes audiences can expect to hear include “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” “Volcano,” “Fins” and of course the title song.
The design team for Escape to Margaritaville is as follows: scenic design by Walt Spangler (Tuck Everlasting); costume design by Paul Tazewell; lighting design by Howell Binkley and Amanda Zieve; and sound design by Brian Ronan and Craig Cassidy.
Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals, The Disney Song Encyclopedia, and The Encyclopedia of Television Theme Songs. His forthcoming book, Sitcommentary: The Television Comedies That Changed America, will hit the shelves in October, 2019. He maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.