The Jimmy Buffett musical will make its world premiere next year somewhere nice and warm — the La Jolla Playhouse in California.
Producers said Wednesday that the show, which combines Buffett's blend of rock and country tunes with an original story by writers Greg Garcia and Mike O'Malley, will debut on May 16, 2017.
Buffett has had hits with such beach-bum classics as "Margaritaville," "Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes" and "Cheeseburger in Paradise."
The musical is described as the story of a part-time singer, part-time bartender named Tully who finds himself in love with a career-minded tourist.
Playhouse artistic director Christopher Ashley, director of the Tony-winner "Memphis," will direct the untitled show. Producers include Frank Marshall.
Buffet and Marshall — the producer of such films as "Back to the Future" and "Raiders of the Lost Ark" — teamed up to create Parrothead Productions, which produced such Broadway shows as "Big Fish" and "Doctor Zhivago."
From 'Downton' to the London stage
Elizabeth McGovern of "Downton Abbey" and former "Spider-Man" Andrew Garfield are among the stars of upcoming productions from Britain's National Theatre. McGovern will appear in Alexi Kaye Campbell's play "Sunset at the Villa Thalia," which opens at the London theater in June. Garfield will take the central role of Prior Walter in a revival of Tony Kushner's epic AIDS-crisis drama "Angels in America," opening in May 2017. Other big names announced Wednesday include Ralph Fiennes, who will star in Shakespeare's "Antony and Cleopatra."
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