Fins Up! ‘Escape to Margaritaville’ Marks Return of Broadway to Washington Pavilion
The show must go on!
Nearly two years after the announcement of the Pavilion Performance Series for 2020, we're getting to see that block of shows and Escape to Margaritaville is the first!
Escape to Margaritaville takes the music of Jimmy Buffett and puts it to a story. That story is about two best girlfriends, Tammy and Rachel from Cincinnati, going on a girls trip to a Margaritaville resort before Tammy gets married. Rachel is a scientist and a bit of a workaholic and could use some relaxation. Also, Rachel hates Tammy's fiancé.
Tully and Brick work at the Margaritaville hotel. Tully is a musician and performs at the hotel and Brick is the bartender. Tully seems to love his life of singing in the hotel and having meaningless relationships with tourists until he meets Rachel.
Brick and Tammy seem to hit it off straight away as well with their quirky senses of humor. But Tammy refuses to cheat before her wedding.
We also meet JD who is constantly looking for his salt shaker. (I see what they did there.) We think he's just your typical old drunk that hangs at the bar too much and never pays his tab. But, maybe, just maybe, he's got a few lessons up his sleeve for the youngins.
Can love be found in Margaritavillle? Will Tammy get married? Will Tully finally be more than superficial? Will a volcano destroy the whole island? Will JD find his lost shaker of salt? So many questions and all get answered in the show!
Sioux Falls was the second stop on the Escape to Margaritaville tour. I'm not sure if it was working out some kinks or just trying to go with the freewheeling island vibe theme, but the show started a smidge late. However, once it got started, it was non-stop fun. Tropical garb and crowd participation is encouraged. Feel free to sing along! It's literally part of the show for the crowd to fill in some blanks in the songs. Don't be shy! Put those fins up!
Personally, I'm not the biggest Jimmy Buffet fan. I wouldn't call myself a Parrothead by any means, but this show was very fun and enjoyable. I laughed a lot and it had heart. Just when you think the show is only going to be about drinking and not much else, it goes for a few sentimental, somber moments. Who knew Jimmy Buffett was so deep?
For me, there were two standout moments. First, the show's take on probably the most popular Jimmy Buffett song, "Margaritaville." The show takes the song in a totally different direction. That song is usually considered a party, feel good song. However, in the show they make it a little more reflective and melancholy. Loved the switch up.
My second favorite moment was, of course, the tap routine! Oh yes, Escape to Margaritaville has a tap moment! Not only a tap moment, but a zombie insurance sales person tap moment! Sounds just crazy enough to work and it does! And, SPOILER ALERT there is an on-stage costume change! All my favorite things in one number! It's in the second act, so don't leave at intermission or you're really going to miss out!
Escape to Margaritaville has two more performances and tickets are still available!
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The signature cocktail was a margarita. Too obvious? Never!
The stage is ready and the show will go on!