Jimmy Buffett Looks as Glorious as He Ever Has in Posted Throwback Photo from Cleveland Show

by Samantha Whidden

On Saturday (September 25th), music legend Jimmy Buffett took to his social media account to share a snapshot of him performing at a show in Cleveland nearly 40 years ago. 

“38 years ago. The Front Row, Cleveland,” Jimmy Buffett declared in the post. The musician is all smiles in the snapshot as he takes the stage with his guitar. The latest social media post comes just hours before he hits the stage at Blossom Music Center, which is located just outside of Cleveland, Ohio. 

The Cleveland show is just one of the stops on Jimmy Buffett’s tour. It is the last show before the musician takes a couple of months off. He will resume his shows in December, with his first stop at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. Jimmy Buffett’s performance at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival was postponed to Spring 2022. 

Jimmy Buffett Talks Jukebox Musical ‘Escape to Margaritaville’ 

Earlier this month, Jimmy Buffett opened up about the jukebox musical Escape to Margaritaville. The show headed to Phoenix on September 16th for a five-performance run at the Madison Center for the Arts. 

According to AZ Central, Escape to Margaritaville is described as a two-and-a-half-hour vacation without ever leaving the theatre. The show notably made its Broadway debut at the Marriott Marquis Theatre in early 2018. A national tour began in 2019. Jimmy Buffett previously had a musical called Don’t Stop the Carnival. It was a musical adaptation of Herman Wouk’s 1965 novel. 

When asked about Don’t Stop the Carnival, Buffett stated that he and his crew were hoping it would be a big hit, but it wasn’t. Even though it didn’t do well, the musical attracted investors, and Buffett was able to have another shot in the world musical world. 

Buffett then shared that it took some time to get the musical right. “Because with no disrespect to the Broadway world, when we first started out, they were basically doing their version of me. I could see that real quick.”

Finding the Right Writers For Jimmy Buffett’s ‘Escape to Margaritaville’ 

Greg Garcia (My Name is Earl) and Mike O’Malley (Survivors Remorse) were assembled to help write the show. Buffett stated that the duo had done hit TV shows and were also fans of his. “So I said, ‘You’re the fan. You know which songs work for you. Take those songs – you’re the writers – and see what you come with.’ And that’s what they did.”

In regards to bringing Margaritaville to life, Buffett simply says that the “Ville” has been a myth for such a long time. “It was a made-up place in my mind, basically made up about my experiences in Key West and having to leave Key West and go on the road to work and then come back and spend time by the beach.”

Buffett then added that Key West has always held a special place in his heart.