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!”
Making Broadway musicals based around properties that are already very popular is nothing new. “Wicked” and “The Lion King” have become two of the highest grossing musicals in the history of Broadway. Therefore, it makes sense that this formula will be tried again. However, this time the star of he show will be a cartoon character from a kids show on Nickelodeon. SpongeBob SquarePants will be getting his own musical on Broadway. The show will debut on the Great White Way on December 4th. The show has actually already premiered in Chicago. The same cast will be playing all of their same parts in the Broadway production.
Some very famous and talented musicians will also be lending some of their songs to the production. The late David Bowie had already agreed to have one of his songs in the show before his death last year. He provided the voice in a SpongeBob show and had been friendly with the producers ever since. Cyndi Lauper, Lady Antebellum, John Legend and Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler are other artists who have already committed to be a part of the project. “SpongeBob SquarePants” has been one of Nickelodeon’s most popular original shows in the history of the channel. The network has made millions of dollars selling merchandise associated wit the character.
Info about the plot of the show has not been made available. It is unclear if the musical will follow any plots that have been taken directly from episodes of the show. There were rumors that the New York City production of the show will be different than the Chicago version. However, nothing has been confirmed as of yet. Nickelodeon has been in talks to do a musical starring SpongeBob for many years. However, people involved with the network were not happy with the scripts that were being presented to them. The finally found a script that they believed would be a hit with audiences and went into production last year.