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World-Premiere Musical

Escape to Margaritaville

May 9 – July 9, 2017 EXTENDED AGAIN!

Book by Greg Garcia and Mike O'Malley
Music by Jimmy Buffett
Directed by Christopher Ashley

MORE THAN A MUSICAL. IT'S A WAY OF LIFE.

Imagine a place where the sun is hot, the ocean’s warm, and the drinks are as cold as they are plentiful. Welcome to Margaritaville, the island paradise where city folk get away from it all and the locals get into the kind of trouble you can almost always sweet talk your way out of.

Featuring both original songs and your most-loved Jimmy Buffett classics, this new musical is the story of a part-time bartender, part-time singer, and full-time charmer named Tully who thinks he’s got life all figured out. Until a beautiful career-minded tourist steals his heart and makes him question everything.


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Content warning: this production contains adult content/language and haze.

Children ages 6 and under are not permitted in the theatre during performances unless otherwise posted. Unaccompanied minors ages 12 and under are not permitted in the theatre.

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Production Sponsors

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Dr. Howard & Barbara Milstein


Recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award

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Meet the Creative Team

Jimmy Buffett (Composer/Lyricist)
Singer/songwriter/author Jimmy Buffett has become a legend of popular culture as the composer of such classic songs as "Margaritaville," "Come Monday," and "Cheeseburger in Paradise." He has recorded over fifty albums, most of which have gone gold, platinum or multi-platinum. His sold-out concert tours are an annual rite of summer for his legions of fans, affectionately known as Parrot heads, many of whom are professionals by day and who dress in spectacular and outrageous tropical outfits and headwear when Jimmy comes to town. Born in the Gulf Coast town of Pascagoula, Mississippi, he was raised in Mobile, Alabama. He is a fourth-generation sailor and fisherman, a pilot, a surfer, and a frequent traveler to remote and exotic places of the world, having become addicted to National Geographic magazine as a child. The lyrics to many of his songs are influenced by his travels all over the globe. As a best-selling author, he is one of only nine authors in the history of The New York Times Bestseller List to have reached #1 on both their fiction and non-fiction lists. Jimmy has received two Grammy nominations, numerous Country Music Association awards and was the recipient of one of the nation's highest songwriting honors when he was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame. And now Jimmy is heading into the theatre world. The new musical, Escape to Margaritaville, features the music and lifestyle of Jimmy Buffett, from an original story, and includes both new songs and the most-loved Buffett classics. Speaking of Buffett classics, the most famous of them all, "Margaritaville" has been inducted into the 2016 Grammy Hall of Fame for its cultural and historic significance. Only those recordings that have influenced and inspired both music creators and fans for generations are considered for this most special honor.

Greg Garcia (Bookwriter) created three back-to-back syndicated comedies: Yes Dear, My Name is Earl and Raising Hope. He has written on a variety of other sitcoms, including Family Matters and Family Guy and won an Emmy for Outstanding Writing in A Comedy Series for the pilot of My Name is Earl. His latest show, The Guest Book, airs in August on TBS and is inspired by the dark and twisted fictitious stories he would write in the guest books of rental cabins in an effort to freak out the next renters. Garcia entered the world of musical theater for the sole reason of hoping his oldest son Camden, a very talented actor at Boston University, would think he was cool. When he’s not writing, directing and producing TV shows he likes to watch his son Nathan play hockey, play board games with his son Trace and walk Mabel the dog with his amazing wife Kim. He also somehow finds time to do things like work at Burger King during the last writer’s strike because, why not?

Mike O'Malley (Bookwriter) is the creator of the award-winning television series Survivor’s Remorse, which premieres its fourth season this summer on Starz. He also wrote on Showtime’s Shameless for the first four seasons. As an actor, he was nominated for an Emmy for his portrayal of Burt Hummel on Glee and recently appeared in the films Sully and Concussion. Television acting credits include: Yes, Dear; Justified; My Own Worst Enemy; My Name is Earl; Welcome to the Family and The Mike O’Malley Show. Film acting credits include: 28 Days, Deep Impact, Cedar Rapids, Eat Pray Love and Meet Dave. Way back when, he hosted the Nickelodeon shows Get the Picture and Guts. He is the author of two plays that have been published by Samuel French: Three Years from Thirty and Diverting Devotion. His play Searching for Certainty was adapted into the film Certainty, which won the Best Screenplay award at the Boston film Festival. Born in Boston, and raised in New Hampshire, Mr. O’Malley resides in Los Angeles with his wife Lisa and their three children.

Kelly Devine (Choreographer)
La Jolla Playhouse: Come From Away, Peter and the Starcatcher, Zhivago, Private Fittings. Broadway: Come From Away, Zhivago, Rocky (Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Award nominations), Rock of Ages. International: Rocky (Germany), Rock of Ages (West End, UK tour, Toronto, Australia ~ Helpmann & Green Room Awards). Opera: Faust (The Met & ENO), Wozzeck (San Diego Opera). Off-Broadway: Rock of Ages, Fat Camp, Frankenstein, Anne Wrecksick. Regional: Come From Away, Toxic Avenger, A Christmas Story, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. Stratford Shakespeare Festival: Cabaret, Romeo and Juliet. Film/TV: Mozart in the Jungle, Dear Dumb Diary, Noami and Elf’s No Kiss List, Happy Texas, Zombie Pro, Untouchables starring Nicole Kidman, Bryan Cranston, Kevin Hart.

Christopher Ashley (Director) has served as Artistic Director at La Jolla Playhouse since October, 2007. During his tenure, he helmed the world premieres of Come From Away, The Darrell Hammond Project, Claudia Shear’s Restoration and Arthur Kopit and Anton Dudley’s A Dram of Drummhicit, as well as John Guare’s adaptation of His Girl Friday, Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross, Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Xanadu and Memphis, which went on to Broadway, winning four 2010 Tony Awards including Best Musical. In addition, he spearheaded the Playhouse’s Without Walls site-specific theatre series, the Resident Theatre program and oversaw the world premieres of Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Hands on a Hardbody, Milk Like Sugar, Little Miss Sunshine, Limelight: The Story of Charlie Chaplin, Surf Report, Bonnie & Clyde, Doug Wright’s adaptation of Creditors, the Page To Stage workshop of Charlayne Woodard’s The Night Watcher and the West Coast premiere of 33 Variations.




Cast Members of Escape to Margaritaville

MATT ALLEN
SARA ANDREAS
KATIE BANVILLE
HANZ ENYEART
MARJORIE FAILONI
SAMANTHA FARROW
ANDREW GALLOP
LISA HOWARD
KEELY HUTTON
VOLEN ILIEV
JUSTIN KEATS
ALISON LUFF
MIKE MILLAN
JUSTIN MORTELLITI
PAUL ALEXANDER NOLAN
IAN PAGET
CHARLIE POLLOCK
MO RODVANICH
SHARONE SAYEGH
DON SPARKS
ALEX MICHAEL STOLL
JENA VanELSLANDER
ANDRE WARD
REMA WEBB




Musicians

CONDUCTOR/KEYBOARD: CHRISTOPHER JAHNKE
GUITAR 1: VINCE COOPER
GUITAR 2: JACK MAJDECKI
ELECTRIC BASS: MICHAEL PEARCE
STEEL DRUMS/PERCUSSION: RUSS HENRY
DRUMS: FRANK PAGANO
TRUMPET/PERCUSSION: STEVE DILLARD
CONTRACTOR: LORIN GETLINE
REHEARSAL PIANO: CHRISTOPHER JAHNKE, SCOTT WASSERMAN, GARY ADLER
REHEARSAL PERCUSSION: FRANK PAGANO




Credits for Escape to Margaritaville

MUSIC SUPERVISOR,
VOCAL & INCIDENTAL MUSIC ARRANGER: CHRISTOPHER JAHNKE
DANCE MUSIC ARRANGER: GARY ADLER
ORCHESTRATOR: MIKE UTLEY
MUSIC CONSULTANT: MAC McANALLY
SCENIC DESIGNER: WALT SPANGLER
COSTUME DESIGNER: PAUL TAZEWELL
LIGHTING DESIGNER: HOWELL BINKLEY
SOUND DESIGNER: BRIAN RONAN
WIGS, HAIR & MAKEUP DESIGNER: LEAH J. LOUKAS
AERIAL EFFECTS: FLYING BY FOY
DIALECT COACH: EVA BARNES
CASTING: RACHEL HOFFMAN, C.S.A./TELSEY + COMPANY
DRAMATURG: GABRIEL GREENE
STAGE MANAGER: KIM VERNACE
ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGERS: JANET TAKAMI, JESSIE MEDOFER
PRODUCTION MANAGER: BENJAMIN SEIBERT

Associate Director: Jacole Kitchen
Associate Choreographer: Andrew Turteltaub
Associate Lighting Designer: Amanda Zieve
Associate Sound Designer: Harry Platt
Moving Light Programmer: Colin Scott
Sound Engineer: Craig Cassidy
Scenic Design Assistant: Matthew Herman
Costume Design Assistant: Amanda Bergman
Lighting Design Assistant: Brandon Rosen
Stage Management Assistant: Jackie Mullen
Production Assistant: Matthew Bantock
Fight Consultant: Jacob Bruce

Escape to Margaritaville is Headed to Broadway
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Mandell Weiss Theatre

The Mandell Weiss Theatre is a 492-seat proscenium arch theatre, with two front rows of removable seats allowing for a greater stage length. The theatre also maintains an upstairs wooden deck for parties, receptions and outdoor gatherings, and a small outdoor amphitheatre for pre-show entertainment.

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Children under the age of 6 are not permitted in the theatre during performances unless otherwise posted.

Foodie Fridays

Foodie Friday

Every Friday during the run of Escape to Margaritaville, starts at 6:30 pm

Theatergoers are invited to attend Foodie Fridays, where a ticket to select Playhouse performances also includes access to some of San Diego’s finest food trucks!




Sonic Saturdays

Sonic Saturdays

Sonic Saturdays

Every Saturday evening during the run of Escape to Margaritaville, starts at 6:50 pm

Enjoy live music before the show.




ACCESS Performances

ACCESS performance

ACCESS

Saturday, May 27 at 2:00pm

During this performance, La Jolla Playhouse provides American Sign Language interpretation for audience members who are deaf or hard of hearing and audio description for patrons who are blind or have low vision.

Audience Engagement Events

Talkback Tuesday

Talkback Tuesday

Tuesday, May 16 after the 7:30 pm performance

Participate in a facilitated discussion with actors and artistic staff immediately following the performance. A great way to share your thoughts and learn more about the show! Sponsored in part by Holland America Line

Talkback Tuesday

Talkback Tuesday

Tuesday, May 23 after the 7:30 pm performance

Participate in a facilitated discussion with actors and artistic staff immediately following the performance. A great way to share your thoughts and learn more about the show! Sponsored in part by Holland America Line

Insider Events

Insider Event

Wednesday, May 24 at 6:45 pm

Insider events offer a special pre-performance presentation by members of the Playhouse staff that highlights the history and making of the production you are about to see. Sponsored in part by Vi at La Jolla Village

Insider Events

Insider Event

Saturday, June 3 at 1:15 pm

Insider events offer a special pre-performance presentation by members of the Playhouse staff that highlights the history and making of the production you are about to see. Sponsored in part by Vi at La Jolla Village

Meet the Cast

Paul Alexander Nolan (Tully) In 2016 he earned a Drama Desk nomination for his work in Bright Star on Broadway at the Cort Theatre and then went on to play Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady at Bay Street Theatre directed by Michael Arden. In 2015 he received an OCC nomination for his work in Doctor Zhivago. Other starring roles on Broadway include Once,Jesus Christ Superstar and Chicago. In 2015 Paul made his off-Broadway debut with Daddy Long Legs directed by John Caird. His regional credits include Aida (Kansas City Starlight) and six seasons with the Stratford Festival. paulalexandernolan.com @_PaulNolan

Lisa Howard (Tammy) was recently a Drama Desk Award nominee for her starring role of Jenny Steinberg in the new musical comedy It Shoulda Been You, directed by David Hyde Pierce. Other Broadway: Diva 1 in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert; Missy Hart in 9 to 5; Head Nurse in Lincoln Center’s revival of South Pacific; and Rona Lisa Peretti in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, for which she won a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble Performance. She has toured with the national company of Les Misérables and performed around the country at such prominent regional theaters as St. Louis MUNY, Pittsburgh CLO, Goodspeed Opera House, Barrington Stage and Kansas City Starlight. She made her feature film debut as Siobahn in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2 and can also be seen in the indie psychological thriller Decay. TV credits include: Ugly Betty and Power. Her debut solo CD, Songs of Innocence and Experience, is available on iTunes. Ms. Howard is a graduate of the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. www.lisahowardnyc.com Twitter: @lisahowardnyc

Alison Luff (Rachel) was most recently seen in the Broadway revival of Les Misérables as Fantine. She originated the title role of Charlie Jane in the world premiere of Breaking Through at Pasadena Playhouse. She was also seen on Broadway as Miss Honey in Matilda. Prior to that, she spent the year starring as Elphaba on the 1st National tour of Wicked. Broadway credits include: Scandalous, Ghost the Musical and Mamma Mia!. Alison is also passionately a part of the singer/songwriter duo known as The Bones, which she founded with her husband Matt Magnusson in the fall of 2015.

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