Escape to Margaritaville
is on its way to the Hobby Center, brought here by Broadway Across America, with hopes of making it to a Broadway stage. There’s a story with it too: Alison Luff (Fantine in Broadway’s revival of Les Miserables
) plays Rachel, a workaholic environmental scientist who discovers there’s other more important things in life to not worry about. Luff, who grew up in the Houston area and graduated from Klein Collins High School before moving to New York City, says the show has a wide generational appeal. “There’s definitely lines and innuendoes that Parrotheads will get. And just the recognition of the songs and the freedom for the audience to sing along and not take the show too seriously and enjoy themselves,” she says. Before their show in La Jolla, California, people tailgated outside the theater, she says. Houston bartenders might want to take notice and lay in a stock of rum and tequila for the six-day Houston run.
7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Continuing 7:30 p.m. November 1, 2 and 5; 8 p.m. November 3 and 4; 2 p.m. November 4 and 5. October 31 through November 5. Hobby Center For the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby. For information, call 713-315-2525 or visit thehobbycenter.org
. $35 to $165.
Imagine a place where the sun is hot, the ocean’s warm, and the drinks are as cold as they are plentiful. Welcome to Margaritaville, the island paradise where city folk get away from it all and the locals get into the kind of trouble you can almost always sweet talk your way out of. This new musical is the story of a part-time bartender, part-time singer, and full-time charmer named Tully who thinks he’s got life all figured out. Until a beautiful career-minded tourist steals his heart and makes him question everything.
Whatever the dearly departed will find upon ascending to heaven has been debated for centuries, but in Jimmy Buffett’s universe there’s one non-negotiable component. As any good Parrothead knows, that’s cheeseburgers. The freewheeling touring musical