Jimmy Buffett is probably the wealthiest and most successful one-hit wonder in the history of the music business. He has marketed his 1970s song ‘Margaritaville’ in about every way possible. He has been able to sell his loyal fans a wide variety of products over the past 40 years. They seem to be willing to buy every product he introduces to the marketplace. You might have thought Jimmy Buffett had officially run out of ideas. However, you would be wrong. He has decided to attempt to conquer Broadway with the release of an ‘Escape to Margaritaville’ musical that is set to open March 18, 2018. It will make its debut at the Marquis Theater.
The plot of the show involves a bartender who falls in love with a tourist. Buffet also plans to open the show in Chicago, Houston and New Orleans before the eventual opening of the show on Broadway. Many people might be skeptical about the ability of an aging musician to make a successful Broadway musical. However, you must never disregard the loyalty that Buffett’s fans have for anything he does. These people sell out every show he performs. Therefore, it is entirely possible that the musical will be a smash hit in whatever city it is performed in.
One of the best things about a musical with Jimmy Buffett’s name on it is the fact that it will be totally critic proof. It will not matter if the show gets horrible reviews. His fans will go to see it anyway. Most Broadway shows get very nervous when the first reviews are published because getting bad reviews could hurt ticket sales. This show will not be impacted at all if the reviews are overly negative, which is a distinct possibility. Buffett said that he decided to try a musical because he wanted to do something different at his age. He just wanted to see if he could be successful in a new area of show business.
There have been many stories about how the movie industry is having a tough time recently. However, the same cannot be said about Broadway. People spent more money on plays and musicals on Broadway during the 2016-17 season than ever before in the history of Broadway. The grand total for the year was an astounding $1.45 billion. It is no surprise that this record was set the same year that “Hamilton” raised the price of premium seats to a record $849. The smash musical was having many seats sold for very high prices on the secondary market. The raise in prices was an attempt to get back some of that money from the scalpers.
It was the second consecutive year that more than 13 million people made their way to a Broadway show. The demand for great live shows is clearly very strong. It is also clear that the public has a lot of money to spend on live shows and they are willing to spend it on high ticket prices if the show is good enough. “Hamilton” made nearly $130 million during the year. It was by far the highest grossing Broadway show. “The Lion King” still has very strong drawing power after all these years. It raked in $104 million. This was followed on the list of highest earning musicals by “Wicked,” “Aladdin” and “The Book of Mormon.”
The high ticket prices at many of the Broadway shows have been a hot topic of discussion. However, it seems clear that the producers of very popular shows will continue to jack up the price of tickets until it becomes obvious that the public is no longer willing to pay that much. That is definitely not the case right now. One of the key reasons why Broadway has experienced a resurgence during the past two years has been many big stars. For example, Bette Midler is now starring in a production of the classic “Hello, Dolly!”
Kevin Spacey has been regarded as one of the most talented performers in show business for many years. He has portrayed many memorable characters on stage and screen. He has won Oscar and Tony awards for his acting brilliance. He is also a very talented singer. Therefore, Spacey was a very obvious choice to host the 2017 Tony Awards. This is the show that honors the greatest achievements in Broadway musicals and plays. Spacey has talked about hosting the Tony Awards for quite some time. However, he finally has the time this year to actually do it. Scheduling conflicts during the past several years have preventing Spacey from being able to commit the time needed for the rehearsals leading up to the event.
Kevin is best known for his acting in movies. However, he considers himself a stage actor first and foremost. He has said on many occasions that there is nothing quite as thrilling as being on stage in front of a live audience. He loves the rush of acting without a net. This is why he wanted to host the Tonys so badly. He will be able to honor other stage actors like himself. He has said that he has many surprises in store when he eventually hosts Broadway’s biggest night of the year.
Kevin Spacey has been asked how he has been able to stay relevant for so many years when other actors fade into obscurity. He says that he is not quite sure. He simply chooses projects that allow him to play characters that interest him. He really does not put much thought into the mass appeal of the project. His role on “House of Cards” came about because he simply wanted to play a scheming politician. He feels that many actors put too much thought into their career choices and they end up making bad decisions. Spacey has spent many years guiding his career using his gut instinct. He looks forward to hosting the Tony Awards.