Jimmy Buffett’s Escape to Margaritaville
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Book by Greg Garcia and Mike O’Malley. Music and Lyrics by Jimmy Buffett
SHOW TIMES: Thursday, August 8th
- Sunday, September 8, 2024

Wed & Thurs 7:30pm / Fri & Sat 8:00pm
Wed & Sun 2:00pm

This musical comedy features the most-loved Jimmy Buffett classics, “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” “Margaritaville,” “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere,” “Fins,” “Volcano,” and many more. With a book by Emmy Award winner Greg Garcia and Emmy nominee Mike O’Malley, this hilarious, heartwarming musical is the party you have been waiting for!

Tickets are $60 for adults; $55 for seniors; $25 for students of all ages and are available by calling the Playhouse box office at 860.767.7318 or by visiting our website at www.ivorytonplayhouse.org

First matinee performance will be Thursday, August 8th at 2pm.

DID YOU KNOW?  Ivoryton Playhouse offers discounted tickets on Thursday nights!  On Thursday nights at 6:00pm, tickets for that night’s 7:30pm performance can be purchased for only $30.  Limit four tickets per person.  Tickets available at the box office only, for that performance only.  Subject to availability. It is a mission of Ivoryton Playhouse to bring affordable, professional, high quality theatre experiences to our community.

Maggie Bera* (Tammy) is thrilled to be back in Margaritaville for her Ivoryton debut! Off-Broadway: Powerline Road (BwayWorld Award Winner- Best Performer Off-Broadway), The Baker’s Wife, Helen on 86th Street. Regional: Escape to Margaritaville (Tammy, Engeman Theatre), The Little Mermaid (Ariel u/s) and Phantom (Christine Daaé u/s, Fireside Theatre), The World According To Snoopy (Lucy, TUTS), Peter Pan (Wendy) and Les Miserables (Connecticut Rep) and Grease (Sandy, Count Basie) TV: Showtime’s “The Big C with Laura Linney. NYC Readings: Little Miss Perfect (Gia, Goodspeed Musicals). BFA Musical Theatre from Texas State University. Maggie is also the founder of the popular blog + podcast, Actor Aesthetic. Love to the Bera Pod, Giuseppe, and ATB Talent for their support. #GoBirds
SOCIALS: @maggiebera

 

Beau Bradshaw* (Brick) is thrilled to be making his Ivoryton debut with Margaritaville! National Tour: The SpongeBob Musical (1st Nat’l). Other credits: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (TheatreWorks Silicon Valley); Avenue QGrease(Axelrod PAC); Henry and Mudge (TWUSA); Kiss Me, Kate (Pittsburgh Playhouse). Beau earned his BFA in Musical Theatre from Point Park University. Proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. Endless love to his wife, Amanda. Psalm 40:1-3.

 

 

LaDonna Burns* (Marley) is a NYC based artist, is thrilled to make her Ivoryton Playhouse debut in Margaritaville! NY: White Girl in Danger (Nell Standby), Caroline, or Change (Caroline Thibodeaux- Audelco Awards Lead Actress in a Musical nominee), Follies (Stella Deems- New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Featured Actress), Unraveled (Anna). National Tours: RENT (Seasons of Love Soloist) and Seussical (Sour Kangaroo).  Recent regional credits: Ghost (Oda Mae Brown – 2024 Connecticut Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical), Rock of Ages (Justice Charlier), Cinderella (Fairy Godmother), Sister Act (Sister Mary Lazarus), Mary Poppins (Mrs. Corry), All Shook Up (Sylvia). Proud member of Broadway Inspirational Voices! Thank you to her family and friends for their constant support, especially my honey Chris C! Thank you Brian at Hell’s Kitchen Agency. I dedicate this performance to all of my angels. Thank you Clint for this wonderful opportunity!

 

Cory Candelet (Ensemble) is so incredibly excited to be returning to the Ivoryton stage! His Ivoryton credits include Mystic Pizza: The Musical, Saturday Night Fever, Grease, A Chorus Line, The Fantasticks (CT Critics Circle Award), and several Christmas shows. He has performed Off-Broadway, on tours, in regional theaters, and more. Cory coaches Track & Field at Stonington High School when not on stage. Life is short; do what makes you happy. Huge thank yous to Mom and Dad! SOCIALS: @ccandelet

 

 

Galen Donovan (Ensemble, Tully U/S) Is beyond thrilled to be making his Ivoryton Playhouse debut!! Most recently, Galen was seen playing Andrej and as the U/S for Guy in ONCE with the Wilbury Theatre Group. Other recent credits include: Lucas in The Addams Family, Angel in RENT, and Melchior in Spring Awakening. Galen wants to give a huge thanks to his family (love you mom and dad!) and friends for their love and support, and a special shoutout to Cesca, the first person to get him onstage in a musical! He wishes love and luck to all of the cast and crew, and a happy summer on island time! Follow Galen on Instagram, @_galendonovan, to see what he’s up to now, and what’s coming up next!

 

Margaret Dudasik* (Rachel) is delighted to be back at Ivoryton Playhouse, previously seen here in last season’s Million Dollar Quartet Christmas and Once (2018).  Nat’l tour: Roundabout Theatre Company’s Cabaret (Texas). Off B’way: A Child’s Christmas in Wales (Irish Repertory Theatre). Select regional: Bright Star (Arrow Rock Lyceum), Hank Williams: Lost Highway (Florida Rep), Almost Heaven (Riverside Theatre), Once (Weston Theater Company), Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story (The MUNY), Smoke on the Mountain (Flat Rock Playhouse), Ring of Fire (German premiere, Deutsches Theater München), Cabaret (Ogunquit Playhouse). Margaret is also an accomplished Irish fiddle and tin whistle player, having represented the US at the Fleadh Cheoil World Championships seven times. Proud Pace University MT. SOCIALS:  MargaretDudasik.com

 

Olivia Fenton (Ensemble) is so excited to be back at Ivoryton having just finished the run of Mystic Pizza! Favorite Regional credits include: Leanne in The Pin- Up Girls (Playhouse on Park), Anne in A Little Night Music (Monomoy Theatre), Sweeney Todd (Connecticut Repertory Theatre), Hunchback of Notre Dame (The REV), Goodspeed Festival of New Musicals. She is a Wethersfield native and proud graduate of The Hartt School. Special thanks to the Margaritaville team and all love to Mom, Dad, Gia, & Jayke. SOCIALS: @liv_fenton

 

Lance Jewett (Ensemble u/s Brick) is making his Ivoryton debut! Although the theater is new to him, the show is not, as Lance was in Escape to Margaritaville (u/s Brick) last summer at the John W Engeman Theater! Other recent credits include The Sound of Music (Rolf Gruber) at Dallas Theater Center; Xanadu (Sonny) at Lake Dillon Theatre; Grease (Danny Zuko) at Great Plains Theater; and multiple concerts and holiday shows with Theatre SilCo. BFA: TCU (go frogs!!). LINK ’20. Big thanks to Danny and Meghan with Hudson Artists Agency, and all the love to his family, friends, and bride-to-be Abigail for their support. Pour yourself somethin’ tall and strong, throw those fins up, and waste away with us in Margaritaville!

 

Don Noble* (J.D.) is delighted to be back at Ivoryton! (Previously: Da in Once.) In preparation for this role Don’s parents gave him a ukulele when he was two, and he once lived for a month on a nude beach. Broadway: Once, End Of The Rainbow. National Tours: An American In ParisMamma Mia! (Sam). Regional productions across the United States and Canada, including La Cage Aux Folles (Barrington), A Christmas Story (Pioneer), As You Like It (Milwaukee Rep), Woody Guthrie’s American Song, (Palm Beach Dramaworks), Sense & Sensibility (Connecticut Rep), End Of The Rainbow (Guthrie), Jane Austen’s Emma (Old Globe), To Kill A Mockingbird (Capital Rep)), Funny Girl (Arts Club), An Ideal Husband (Chemainus), Blood Brothers (Gateway), Henry IV, The Tempest (Bard On The Beach, of course.) TV includes: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, FBI, Madam Secretary, The Blacklist.

 

Sam Sherwood* (Tully) is back on the Ivoryton stage for the seventh time! The wonderful community here has made this feel like a home away from home. Previously on the Ivoryton stage: Million Dollar Quartet Christmas; Ring of Fire; Godspell; Once; The Road: My Life With John Denver and Stand By Your Man. New York Theater: Woody Sez (Irish Repertory Theater); Fancy: A Country Musical (Developmental Lab). Select regional theater: Woody Sez (Theaterworks Hartford); Escape to Margaritaville (John W. Engeman Theater, Actors’ Playhouse); Bright Star (Arrow Rock Lyceum); Lost Highway (Florida Rep); Almost Heaven (Riverside); …Forum, Pump Boys & Dinettes (Flat Rock). World premiere of Million Dollar Quartet Christmas (Phoenix Theatre). Many productions of Million Dollar Quartet, Ring of Fire, and The Buddy Holly Story. TV: “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”

 


Justin Sudderth
(Ensemble) is excited to be making his return to the Ivoryton Playhouse stage. Last seen in The Color Purple! Other credits include Evita at The AxelRod Performing Arts Center, Jelly’s Last Jam at The Long Wharf Theater, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at The PalaceTheater.  SOCIALS: @justinaaronsudderth

 

 

Sarah Warrick* (Ensemble) is thrilled to be returning to the Ivoryton Playhouse this season! She was last seen as Francine in Jersey Boys last summer and was also seen as Judy in A Chorus Line! Some of her other credits include White Christmas and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at Arizona Broadway Theatre, Sweetwater at Goodspeed Opera House, Beauty and the Beast  and The Music Man at Theatre by the Sea. She has also performed in numerous concerts at Feinstein’s/54 Below and The Green Room 42. She is a proud Hartt School Alum. Love to M,D,& B

 

Stephanie Wasser (Ensemble) is thrilled to be back at Ivoryton Playhouse where she was last seen as Lorraine in Jersey Boys. She was also seen at the playhouse in South Pacific and All Shook Up. National Tour: Spamalot (Ensemble/ u/s Lady of the Lake). Other regional favorites include The Marvelous Wonderettes (Missy) and Hair (Sheila). BFA The Hartt School. Endless love and gratitude to her family, friends, her husband Sean and fur baby Kona! SOCIALS:  IG: @stephaniejudithh

 

 

UNDERSTUDIES

Lily Bucko (Off-stage Understudy) made her Ivoryton debut as an Off-stage Understudy for Mystic Pizza: The Musical and is thrilled to be back for Margaritaville.  Having grown up in CT, she is so excited to be doing this show in her home state! She is a recent graduate of Emerson College with a BFA in Musical Theatre. Emerson credits include A Chorus LineCabaret, Lippa’s The Wild PartySeussical TYAUrinetown, and Rock of Ages. Other regional credits: A Christmas Carol (Hartford Stage). Lots of thanks to her family and teachers! SOCIALS: @lilybucko Website: lilybucko.com

 

Rae Janeil (Off-stage Understudy) is excited to be back at Ivoryton Playhouse! She was last seen here as an u/s Woman 2 for Mystic Pizza: The Musical, Squeak in The Color Purple, Jo in The Legend of Georgia McBride, and Rosie in Cabaret. Favorite performing credits include Francine/Lena in Clybourne Park (Music Theater of Connecticut), Player & Berthe u/s in Pippin (Playhouse on Park), Joanne in Rent (Opera House Players), The Lady in The Scottsboro Boys (Playhouse on Park), Mae in The Wild Party (Brookfield Theatre), Michelle in Dreamgirls (Fairfield Center Stage), Kitty in The Drowsy Chaperone (Castle Craig Players) and Janet in The Rocky Horror Show (Windham Theater Guild). (she/they)  SOCIALS: www.RaeJaneil.com

 

THE BAND

Keyboard 1/Conductor:  Dan Gibson
Bass: 
Mark Gehret
Drums: 
Dakota Singerline
Guitar 1: 
Nick Zavaglia
Guitar 2: 
Morgan Brown
Percussion 1/Percussion 2: 
Michael Blancaflor
Reed: 
Mallory Kokus
Trumpet: 
Lauren Holtshouser

 

 

CREATIVE TEAM:

Director and Choreographer:  Clint Hromsco

Musical Director:  Dan Gibson

Stage Manager:  James Joseph Clark*

Assistant Stage Manager:  Rahxas Colite*

Scenic Designer:  Cully Long

Lighting Designer:  Marcus Abbott

Sound Designer:  Dustin Pfaender

Costume Designer:  K Duffner

* member of Actors Equity

Join us for an opening night reception following the 8:00pm performance on Friday, August 9th. Light refreshments will be served.

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Jimmy Buffett was born on Christmas day 1946 in Pascagoula, Mississippi and raised in the port town of Mobile, Alabama. His grandfather, James Delaney Buffett, was a captain on a steamship and his father J.D. traveled to India and Africa with the Army Corps of Engineers before settling in Mobile. For young Jimmy, the Gulf of Mexico was the doorway to a world of adventure where the characters he heard about in his grandfather’s stories were waiting to be discovered. The siren call of exotic ports was in contrast to his days as a parochial school student and an altar boy, and it only took a guitar to take him off course from the life his parents had imagined for him.

When Jimmy saw how a fraternity brother in college with a guitar garnered the attention of the girls, he quickly learned a few basic chords and started playing himself. Suddenly Jimmy’s world opened up – while he still attended classes, he quickly had his first band and went from busking the streets of New Orleans to playing 6 nights a week at Bourbon Street clubs.

After graduation, Jimmy headed to Nashville to work for Billboard Magazine and to try his luck as a folk-country singer, releasing his first record, “Down To Earth” in 1970. However it was a fateful trip to Key West, Florida with Jerry Jeff Walker in 1971 that would give Jimmy the inspiration to merge his musicality, wanderlust and storytelling.

Image of Jimmy Buffett playing guitar and smiling widely while playing to a close-knit group of young people.

Key West in the 1970s was not the tourist-friendly town it is today – it was the last outpost of smugglers, con-men, artists and free-spirits who simply couldn’t run any further south in the mainland United States. It was there that the young musician thrown into the midst of this eclectic mix found his true voice as a songwriter – telling the stories of the wanderers, the adventurers and the forlorn.

In 1974, his song “Come Monday” from the fourth studio album “Living and Dying in ¾ Time” entered the Billboard charts, eventually peaking at number 30. That year found Jimmy touring solo-acoustic and performing at well-known folk venues across the country, from the Troubadour in Los Angeles to Club Passim in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He hasn’t stopped touring since.

And then in 1977 came “Margaritaville.” A laid-back anthem about escapism and life in the tropics, the song spent 22 weeks on the Billboard chart, peaking at number 8. It catapulted Jimmy to national fame and, nearly a decade later, inspired Jimmy to launch a business empire.

After 27 studio albums, New York Times bestselling books, a Broadway play, numerous movie and television appearances, Grammy nominations and Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association awards, it was still the music that inspired Jimmy. He was just as likely to pop up and play an impromptu set alone at a Caribbean beach bar as he was to be on stage in front of 30,000 loyal ‘Parrothead’ fans. And after logging millions of miles on the road, on the ocean and in the air, distant ports still beckoned and the same unbridled curiosity drove him to keep looking for that next story to share via song.

Jimmy passed away peacefully on the night of September 1, 2023 surrounded by his family, friends, music and dogs after a four year battle with Merkel Cell Skin Cancer. He was 76.

He lived his life like a song till the very last breath and will be missed beyond measure by so many.

https://www.jimmybuffett.com/

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*denotes member of Actors Equity

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Singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffett (1946-2023) regaled audiences for over five decades with songs about the faces and places he'd seen during his lifetime journey along the road less travelled. With Hemingway's eye for detail and Mark Twain's inclination for mischievous humor, Buffett's music tells the stories of the hustlers, the beach bums and the pirates from all corners of the world. Through it all are woven the themes of escapism, wanderlust and an unbridled curiosity that makes life a journey worth taking.