A lively new musical is now warming up the stage at The Oriental Theatre in Chicago.
"Escape to Margaritaville" opened Thursday night in the Windy City and had audience members laughing, singing and enjoying cocktails in the lobby and at their seats.
"Escape to Margaritaville," featuring Jimmy Buffett's popular tunes, is directed by Christopher Ashley. Its book was written by Greg Garcia and Mike O'Malley. Choreography is by Kelly Devine.
Opening night festivities included an appearance by Buffett on the red carpet in addition to other members of the creative team. Former Chicago Cub Ryne Sandburg and Miguel Cervantes, star of Chicago's "Hamilton," were also in attendance at the Windy City premiere.
"Escape to Margaritaville" was in development at La Jolla Playhouse in California over the summer and also played for a brief time in New Orleans before heading to Chicago for its official pre-Broadway engagement.
"Escape to Margaritaville" is a romantic comedy featuring a boy-meets-girl love story and a tale about friendships. The large cast offers up jubilant and humorous performances throughout the musical. Starring in the show are Paul Alexander Nolan, Alison Luff, Lisa Howard, Eric Petersen and others.
Buffett's tunes playfully move the story along. Among hit songs featured in the show are "Cheeseburger in Paradise," "Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes," "Fins," "Come Monday," "Margaritaville," and more.
Many of Buffett's Parrotheads filled the audience on opening night and were thrilled when the good-time singer/songwriter took the stage with the cast during a rousing, party-like curtain call. His performance of "Margaritaville" proved a treat for fun-in-the-sun fans.
FYI: "Escape to Margaritaville" continues through Dec. 2 at The Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph St., Chicago. For tickets and more information, visit BroadwayInChicago.com.