There’s not a person in South Florida who hasn’t been nibblin’ on spongecake and watchin’ the sun bake at some point. Jimmy Buffett’s “Escape To Margaritaville” is the musical comedy for people who are seeking a tropical escape from everyday life.

On opening night at Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale Nov. 19, show goers got the surprise of a lifetime when Buffett himself appeared at the end to sing Margaritaville for an impromptu performance with the cast.

Everyone in Broward Center hopped up and began singing and swaying along with Buffett, who was grinning with delight as Parrotheads and musical theater fans celebrated this epic moment.

In this show, Buffett’s most beloved songs come to life through characters such as Tammy, the girl from Cincinnati featured in his “Fins” song, and J.D., the memoir-writing, Green label-swilling pirate-type inspired by “He Went to Paris” played by Patrick Coogan.

As Rachel, the brainy and uptight scientist played by the bubbly Sarah Hinrichsen arrives at Margaritaville, she is determined to do everything but loosen up and have a good time until she falls for struggling musician Tully. Chris Clark does a brilliant job portraying the talented yet love-scorned Tully who prefers strumming his six string rather than allowing anyone to tug on his heart strings.

There are tons of one-liners including some hilarious banter. When Rachel discovers there’s no Wi-Fi in Margaritaville, Tully jabs back “We don’t have Wi-Fi for the same reason you don’t have sunscreen at the office. You don’t need it!”

This charming and cheeky musical is an irresistible, rum-soaked reminder of individuality, body positivity and with a little love and luck, you will get by.

“Escape To Margaritaville” runs through Dec. 1. Get your tickets today before this one slips away. Click here for tickets. If you order tickets in a group, save with promo code FLIPFLOPS and don’t forget to have a signature margarita at Broward Center’s main bar. Cheers to a fabulous escape!

Take the party home with you! Enjoy a Shark Attack margarita inspired by the show.

Here’s the recipe:

1 1/4 ounce silver tequila

3/4 ounce Cointreau orange liqueur

4 to 6 ounces sweet & sour mix

1 lime wedge, for rimming the glass

margarita salt

grenadine

crushed ice

Author: Joanie Cox-Henry

I am a professional writer and journalist with more than 14 years of industry experience. I am a mama, a fashion-lover, a beauty product fanatic and a caffeine queen. I want to put a dent in the universe, but I'll start with that crumb cake.

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