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'Margaritaville' musical heading to Broadway

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Parrotheads will be flocking to Broadway next year to greet Jimmy Buffet's "Escape to Margaritaville," a musical based on their hero's 1977 ode to that frozen concoction that helps us hang on.

The production, featuring some of Buffet's greatest hits as well as new songs, will begin testing the waters in May at California's La Jolla Playhouse. It will then work to strengthen its sea legs in New Orleans, Houston and Chicago before docking permanently in New York next spring.

"It's always been a dream of mine to make it to Broadway," Buffett, 70, said in a statement.

"Escape to Margaritaville" tells the story of a happy-go-lucky bartender at a tropical island resort who starts searching for a lot more than a lost shaker of salt when a beautiful tourist comes to town.

No cast members have been announced, but the musical's creative team includes co-writers Greg Garcia ("My Name Is Earl"), Mike O'Malley ("Glee") and director Christopher Ashley ("Memphis," "Xanadu").

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